Saturday, November 29, 2008

Days of the Beer, November 29

The beer for today is Scottish and Newcastle Tutankhamun Ale.

On November 29, 1922, Howard Carter opened the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, to the public. On November 4, he had found the steps that led to the tomb. this was the best preserved and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings. On November 26, he made a "tiny breach in the top left hand corner" of the doorway and by candle light, could see gold and other treasures still in place.

As to the beer:

Archaeologists from Cambridge University's Egypt Exploration Society uncovered a kitchen complex in the Sun Temple of Queen Nefertiti, who was related by marriage to Tut. They examined the grains and seeds left behind, and analyzed the dregs of beer to determine how the beer was made.

The beer made with emmer (ancient wheat) and coriander.

This beer is no longer available. There were only 1000 bottles of it made. At it's time, it sold for $75 a bottle.

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