Scientists Bored of Modern Lagers, Cloning 170-Year-Old Shipwreck's Beer Stash

By Gary Cutlack on at

Finnish researchers are living up to their hard-drinking national image by working out how to revive a 170-year-old type of beer not yet tasted by modern man.

The beer in question was rescued from a shipwreck near the Aland islands, in the Baltic Sea, which sank in the 1840s and was discovered and plundered in the year 2010. Two bottles of beer were pulled out of the wreck, which although undrinkable, may contain enough original juice to allow scientists to assemble a modern-day equivalent mirroring the original's exotic combination of rose, almond and cloves.

Annika Wilhelmson, from the research team involved, said: "Based on the chemical analysis we made of the beer and with help from a master brewer it would be possible to try to make beer that would resemble it as much as possible."

We'll have eight pints of it, please, and a packet of those soggy potato snacks. [Reuters]

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