Plattsburgh brewery recreates Egyptian beer
A SUNY Plattsburgh class helps Oval Craft Brewing create an Egyptian beer
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. —
There's now a new beer at Oval Craft Brewing that's very different from the rest.
The idea of making this beer came from a SUNY Plattsburgh teacher and a student.
"One of my students approached me to talk about ancient drinks. And I have talked to Jessy over the summer about doing an ancient brew," SUNY Plattsburgh assistant professor Justin Lowry said.
After going through a few options, the group decided on one to make.
"If we used traditional grains and if we used traditional ingredients, we could approximate a traditional beer from roughly the 5th century B.C. in Egypt," Lowry said.
They even ditched some modern technology to make it.
"We didn't use any electricity. Everything was gravity and direct fire heat," Oval Craft Brewing owner Jessy Joliceour said.
They left out one ingredient on purpose.
"We should have probably included mandrake root in the recipe. But it's poisonous. You can only drink one beer every 10 days before you poison yourself," Lowry said.
They replaced it with ginger root.
There is a limited amount of the drink so they're encouraging people to step out of their comfort zone and give a very old, new beer a try.
"There's more flavors of beer than most people are aware of, especially if you look at the ancient world. This is one of those places where you can try something that may not be like any other beer you would ever have," Lowry said.
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