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Cheers to Science! A Drinkable Feast of Beer, Biotechnology, and Archaeology

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Thursday, May 30, 2013
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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The Bell House

Brewing beer may be humankind’s first biotechnology, representing our earliest attempt to harness the power of living organisms. Dating back to 9000 BC, the craft galvanized the cultivation of barley and wheat, transforming hunter-gatherers into farmers. What did those ancient brews taste like? Find out when you join biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern and pioneering brewmaster Sam Calagione as they explore ancient ales from around the world and retrace their journey to reconstruct a 3,500 year old Nordic Grog. It’s a sensational evening of science, talk, and tasting inspired by the innovative practices of our prehistoric ancestors.

This program is part of The World Science Festival’s Night at the Bell House in association with NPR’s Ask Me Another


  • Sam Calagione

    Brewer Sam Calagione is the founder and president of Dogfish Head, as well as the brainchild behind all the wacky things that happen there. Today, Dogfish Head is among the fastest growing breweries in the country with 180 employees, a restaurant/brewery/distillery in Rehoboth Beach, and a production brewery in Milton, Delaware. More »
  • Patrick E. McGovern

    Biomolecular Archeologist Patrick E. McGovern is the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, where he is also an adjunct professor of anthropology. In the popular imagination, he is known as the “Indiana Jones of ancient ales, wines, and extreme beverages.” More »