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Ancient Brews: Rediscover & Re-created. Including Home-Brew Interpretations & Meal Pairings Hardcover – June 13 2017

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Good and fun. . . . Ancient Brews is an excellent example of science outreach. —Martin C. Doppelt, Science

Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy has rarely been put to headier use.—Barbara Kiser, Nature

Imagine: an archaeologist travels the world, testing the residue on pottery shards to unlock ancient recipes for beer and wine. And then—it gets better—he re-creates those recipes so that you, too, can raise a glass of King Midas’s brew. Ancient Brews is an extraordinary, globe-trotting journey through the remarkable history of our ancient connection with alcohol. Patrick McGovern is both a brilliant scientist and a gifted storyteller. This astonishing book belongs on the shelf of every wine and beer aficionado. The historical and scientific perspective is sure to astonish and delight, and the recipes will lead to some lively experimentation among homebrewers. —Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist

Of interest to home brewer and historian alike. . . . Ancient Brews may well get readers drinking (in moderation, of course). It will also get them thinking, especially when Mr. McGovern ponders alcohol’s place in human society. —Benjamin Shull, Wall Street Journal

[McGovern is] the Indiana Jones of ancient ales and extreme beverages.—NPR

McGovern’s joyful treasure hunt through time is pint after pint of proof that the best beers have the best stories, and are best enjoyed with all the trappings of a feast. Alcohol, McGovern shows, is fundamental, setting the heavens in motion, stirring the souls of birds and bees alike. What sets us apart isn’t that we drink, but how—and that’s where this book shines. Because the beers themselves—and there are plenty of them—are only the beginnings of delicious tales of swashbuckling scientists, gods and pharaohs, warriors and kings, and, oh yes, the best roasted goose I’ve ever had. —William Bostwick, author of The Brewer’s Tale

McGovern's mix of gee-wiz science and thoughtful historical context makes Ancient Brews a refreshing read.—Kevin Begoes, Associated Press

A very enjoyable work that would intrigue anyone interested either in archaeology or beer.—Martin Morse Wooster, Mid-Atlantic Brewing News

About the Author

Patrick E. McGovern is the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at University of Pennsylvania Museum and an adjunct professor of anthropology. He and Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, collaborated on the series of Ancient Ales and Spirits.

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5.0 out of 5 stars really well researched and very easy to read
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4.0 out of 5 stars You'll Want A Beer After Reading This Book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the beers years ago. Now got to enjoy them all over again.
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