A brew that is 9,000 years old, wow! As unbelievable as it may sound, Chateau Jiahu is a reality that was created by mixing rice, honey and fruit together for fermentation several thousand years ago. The wine marks the time when barley beer and grape had just started getting produced in the Middle East. Molecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern from University of Pennsylvania says that the fine liquor is based on chemical traces from pottery in the Neolithic village of Jiahu in Northern China.
And later McGovern thought of recreating the same with help from Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton. Wine experts say the brew is very smooth though not overly sweet (apparently, honey adds a delightful touch).
But Dogfish will be rolling out some more brews this summer other than the Chateau Jiahu alone like Sah’tea, Theobroma and the Ulua Valley. The Chateau Jiahu will be up for sale very soon from now.