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Ancient Alcohol After Hours

Thursday, July 02, 2020 |
8:00PM - 9:30PM ET

This is a virtual event.
Ancient Alcohol After Hours


Virtual Event - Penn Museum


This virtual tour and beer tasting will uncover the culture of drinking in the ancient world in conjunction with modern day brewing techniques. There’s beer that you should buy to go along with the tour—see below. Cheers!

Drinking together has been a tradition for thousands of years, and we aren’t going to let a pandemic stop us! Put the kids to bed, log on, grab a drink, and let us be your designated driver as you virtually explore how our ancestors partied like it was 5000 BCE.

Check out one of the most popular ancient Greek drinking games (you should definitely try this at home), zoom in on one of the world’s oldest wine jars, learn about a Mesopotamian queen who drank her beer out of a straw, and learn all about the science that went into recreating the beverage served at the funerary feast hosted by King Midas.

$10 Adult | Free for Members

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This tour and beer tasting will be led by a mix of both history and beer experts!

Janelle Sadarananda will be your virtual tour guide and resident archaeologist for the evening. She has worked on archaeological excavations in Greece and Turkey, including Penn's excavations at Gordion (where the residue for Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch was found!).

Jason Perkins, Brewmaster at Allagash Brewing Company, will join us from the brewery to discuss some of their unique brewing techniques that utilize clay pots they have from the south (Alentejo) region of Portugal and why they chose to brew with this method, and to give us a peek into their unique brewing style.

Dr. Matthew Farber, Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of the Brewing Science Program at the University of the Sciences, will join us to talk about modern brewing practices, how they have been influenced by our ancient ancestors, and why we no longer drink our beer through a straw.

Don’t forget to buy your beer and drink along with us!

We encourage all of our 21+ friends to drink along with us! Philly Loves Beer has chosen a curated six-pack that pairs perfectly with this tour. We will help to guide you along in this virtual beer tasting, don’t worry.

The beers that we suggest you buy are

  1. Yards Brewing Co. Summer Crush OR Free Will Brewing Co. Kolsch
  2. Troegs Troegenator Double Bock OR Westmalle Dubbel
  3. Weihenstephaner OR Neshaminy Brewing Co. Wayward Wheat
  4. Mainstay Independent Brewing Co. Poplar Pils OR Sterling Pig Brewing Co. Le Cochon Noir Schwarzbier
  5. Allagash Saison
  6. Dogfish Head Midas Touch

Live in the Philadelphia area? Philly Loves Beer did the work for you and partnered up with local bottle shops to be sure your curated six-pack is in stock! Pick up or have your Penn Museum “Ancient Alcohol After Hours” six-pack delivered prior to the date of the tour! These beers are sure to sell out at your neighborhood bottle shop, so make sure you get them in advance!

Participating bottle shops include

$10 Adult | Free for Members

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Presented in partnership with Philly Loves Beer