Brewer Recreates 300-Year-Old Beer From Recipe

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An Austrian brewer has brewed 4,000 liters of the 300-year-old recipe

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A brewery has recreated a beer from 300 years ago.

In the year 1720, Sweden and Prussia signed a peace treaty, while the French government proclaimed a strike on banknotes. And in upper Austria, the Neuhaus castle was brewing Neuhauser Herrschafts Pier, a beer using emmer, malting barley, wheat, and shops.

That specific beer has been recreated by family-owned Austrian brewery Hofstetten, which used ingredients listed in an invoice for the castle back in 1720 to recreate the beer made three centuries ago.

Owner Peter Krammer brewed up some 4,000 liters of the batch, which reportedly tastes like a wheat beer and was created with ancient seed varieties of emmer and barley that were preserved. "We thought that old kinds of grains must have more taste," Krammer told Reuters. The brewery experimented with five combinations before they hit the right recipe.

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Word is, the 300-year-old beer will debut at Saint Martin's firefighter festival this month. We hope someone stashes a bottle with some 3,000-year-old (or at least a 155-year-old) wine.