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Field Museum Releases Beer Inspired By Ancient Peruvian Recipe

By Anthony Todd in Food on Feb 23, 2016 6:10PM

The new Wari Ale. Photo courtesy of the Field Museum.

Since the Field Museum opened their new cafe, The Field Bistro, in late 2013, their food and drink options have gotten way better. In particular, their beer has been extraordinary, thanks to a partnership with Off Color brewing.

The signature beer, Tooth and Claw (with a tap handled molded off of a T-Rex tooth) is awesome, and they're about to come out with a new one inspired by the brewing techniques of ancient Peru.

Field Museum researchers recently uncovered an ancient brewery in southern Peru that is more than 1000 years old. The Wari people, who brewed there, used purple corn and molle berries to create thousands of liters of ale at a time. Off Color has recreated this beer with indigenous Peruvian ingredients, and named it Wari Ale. Fans of Off Color take note—the beer's signature mouse (on the label) is wearing glasses and an explorer hat!

It'll be released on March 3 at the "Hop To It" event, and will be available to the general public on March 7.

Get a taste of some ancient brew!