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Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages


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Film Description:Patrick McGovern, the leading authority on ancient fermented beverages, and Sam Calagione, who has all the flair of a Neolithic experimental brewer, team up to talk about how ancient ales and extreme beverages are discovered and brought back to life!

Following a tantalizing trail of archaeological and chemical clues around the world and through the millennia, Patrick McGovern, Scientific Director of the Museum's Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory, tells the compelling story of humanity's ingenious, intoxicating quest for the perfect drink. Whether mind-altering, medicinal, a religious symbol, a social lubricant, or artistic inspiration, fermented beverages have been a profound force in history, and may be fundamental to the human condition itself. Sam Calagione, Founder and President of Dogfish Head Brewery, follows up by describing the "brave new world" of re-creating these liquid time capsules.

More info about Dr. Pat's research at http://www.penn.museum/sites/biomoleculararchaeology

More info about Dogfish Head at http://www.dogfish.com
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Contributor: Patrick McGovern
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