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Want To Try Ancient Sumerian Beer?

By Anthony Todd in Food on Aug 12, 2013 3:00PM

2013_8_12_GreatLakes.jpg For years, researchers at the Oriental Institute have been trying to recreate exactly what the ancient Sumerians drank 5,000 years ago. While archeologists successfully translated a tablet with extensive information about beer long ago, no one had actually tried to brew the stuff until the early 90s, when archeologists at the Institute teamed up with Anchor Brewing in San Francisco. Now Sumerian Beer has moved a bit closer to home, as the Institute has paired up with Great Lakes Brewery to create an even more authentic version of the stuff.

The Chicago Tribune examined the impressive level of detail behind this new project last month. The Oriental Institute has created authentic clay vessels to brew in based on objects in their collection so that the beer doesn't just taste like it might tasted, it was actually made like they would have made it 5,000 years ago. Previous attempts to replicate the ancient recipe have used modern brewing equipment.

On Aug. 26 at Fountainhead, Great Lakes will be pouring its new Sumerian brew, which is sour and, apparently, similar to some Belgian beers. Great Lakes has no plans to bottle the beer or sell it through traditional channels, so if you want a taste, this is your chance. For $60, guests will get three beers (including the ancient brew), appetizers and a three-course dinner. Plus, you'll get to learn from the brewers how they made the stuff.

This is a must for any serious beer geek. Buy tickets here.

Fountainhead is at 1970 W. Montrose Avenue.