Bettina Arnold and PhD candidate Josh Driscoll helped to organize and participated in an event at the Brew City MKE museum in downtown Milwaukee on February 22, 2019 that was part of the museum’s “Evolution to Revolution” programming. Entitled “From Ancient Brews to Craft Brews”, the event included three archaeologists (Arnold, Driscoll and the Field Museum’s Ryan Williams) and three craft brewers (John Degroote, part Owner/Brewer of New Barons Brewing Cooperative; Corey Blodgett, head brewer of Gathering Place Brewing; Adam Thomas head of Barrel Operations/Brewer MobCraft Beer) with Eric Gutbrod, Draft & Vessel Cicerone, acting as moderator.
Eight different brews were served to the sold-out crowd:
- Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch, based on residue found in an early Iron Age tomb at Gordion in Turkey;
- New Baron’s Otis Kuytbier (medieval peasant beer, brewed with oats);
- Gathering Place’s Lille Bjorn (brewed with Norwegian kveik yeast);
- MobCraft’s Ode Etta Sahti (Finnish-style ale brewed with spruce and juniper);
- Sprecher’s Shakparo (fire-brewed African style-ale made with sorghum);
- A pre-Roman Iron Age Braggot first brewed in collaboration with Lakefront Brewery by Arnold and Driscoll;
- A Mugwort Gruit that is part of Driscoll’s PhD thesis project; and
- Off Color Wari (Chicha-style ale brewed for the Field Museum based on finds from the pre-Inca Wari site of Cerro Baúl in Peru).
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