It seems that a bottle of beer was found in a shipwreck in the Åland Islands in the Baltic Sea off Finland that contained living bacteria. The capture of these bacteria could lead to the creation of a beer that is very close to what was found in this 170 year old beer.
The 2010 discovery of the ship, believed to have sunk in the 1840s, also included the world’s oldest champagne considered drinkable which has since been auctioned off.
Researchers analyzed two bottles of beer, which they admitted “had not stood the test of time well” but retained a pale golden color and could originally have had hints of rose, almond and cloves.
“Based on the chemical analysis we made of the beer and with help from a master brewer it would be possible to try to make beer that would resemble it as much as possible,” Annika Wilhelmson from VTT technical research centre of Finland told Reuters.
You have to wonder what the beer would taste like. Is it really that close in flavor to anything that could be purchased today, or is there a long lost flavor or style just waiting to be rediscovered? I certainly would be willing to give it a try.