Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Jurassic Beer

That's right, you heard me. Take a look at that title again if you need to.
This story originally broke a couple of years ago, but it's worth revisiting.
The Fossil Fuels Brewing Company brews beers from yeast dating back 45 million years. Dr. Raul Cano, scientist and brewery co-founder, cultivated yeast that he extracted from the body of a bee encased in amber. He then used it to brew beer. You see where I'm going with this? It's awesome. It's like Jurassic Park, but with beer, and way fewer Velociraptors.
Apparently, this ancient yeast makes an interesting brew, giving the beer a slightly spicy, clovey flavor.
The beer had originally only been available at the Stumptown Brewery in Guerneville, California and at Kelley Bros. Brewing in Manteca, California, with plans to expand to additional markets. These businesses don't seem to be serving it anymore, but the Stumptown website indicates that Fossil Fuels plans to start brewing in a new facility in the near future, so maybe we will get the opportunity to sample it some day.

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