3,300-Year-Old Beer Recreated From Ancient Coffin’s Residue


This 3,300-year-old beer is the epitome of vintage classic.

The scientists over at Jurassic Park used ancient fossilized residue to create dinosaurs, but the Danish have found a safer (and arguably better) ancient artifact to resurrect: beer. The Danish National History Museum, in partnership with Skands Brewery, have re-created a beer, called the Egtvedpigens, from fermented residue found on the bottom of the 3,300-year-old coffin of a teenage Danish girl. When she was unearthed, scientists found the coffin of the approximately 16-year-old girl filled with bodily remains, as well as the remains of a bucket of the brown, sticky malt.

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Don’t worry, if you buy a pint of Egtvedpigens beer, you won’t actually be drinking the liquid-y remains of an ancient corpse. Scientists instead examined the liquid, found it to be made of pollen, malt, honey, bog myrtle, and cranberries. So they have made a beer recipe from the findings. You can buy the unusual beer on the Danish National History Museum website for €5.20 ($7.20) for a half-liter.


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