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(Daily Pennsylvanian)   From the tombs of King Midas to ancient Persia to the wine of Chinese dynasties, "Our history as a human species is...the history of fermented beverages." Meet the Indiana Jones of booze   (thedp.com) divider line 47
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2013-04-29 09:22:38 AM  
I want to party with that guy.
 
2013-04-29 09:28:36 AM  
Well of course. Alcohol was the only safe thing to drink because we were too stupid to understand it's a bad idea to piss and shiat in our water supply.
 
2013-04-29 09:29:00 AM  
www.dogfish.com

It belongs in a museum!
 
2013-04-29 09:41:09 AM  
Humanity's greatest invention/scientific advancement? malting barely.


/fermentation gets a close second place.
 
2013-04-29 09:41:11 AM  
Booze, sex, and violence.  The three constants of human history.
 
2013-04-29 09:42:05 AM  
PS; that beer he's holding in the pic?  Chateau Jiahu is dope, and currently on tap at the DFH Ale House in Gaithersburg.


Booyah!
 
2013-04-29 09:42:13 AM  

LittleSmitty: Well of course. Alcohol was the only safe thing to drink because we were too stupid to understand it's a bad idea to piss and shiat in our water supply.


I'd wager that it had more to do with "smart people haven't invented toilet paper yet, so getting drunk is the best way to forget I have to wipe my ass with my hand" type of reasoning...

/I got caught charioting while intoxicated in a previous life once
//good times, good times...
 
2013-04-29 09:45:37 AM  
There's an argument to be made that beer really did start civilization, because once people learned about brewing and fermentation, they expanded from wild barley into agriculture, and from nomadic life to settlements.
So, thanks, beer.
 
2013-04-29 09:45:50 AM  
I'm not sure of the 100% validity of this statement, but I was told during school by a professor that the earliest example of writing we have was a supply list that included hops, barley, and other spices that were presumably used for making alcohol.  So as far as I know, the reason we created writing was to track the process of beer making.  Therefore alcohol provided the need to create civilization as we know it.
 
2013-04-29 09:45:58 AM  
Don't have a link handy (read: "too lazy to find one"), but one of the oldest-known examples of Sumerian art has some guys drinking beer while another guy plays a guitar.

/ok, an ancient lute-like instrument if you want to get picky about it

//plays guitar with guys who drink beer
 
2013-04-29 09:47:35 AM  
I have a new pilgrimage to make. I need to talk ancient brews with Dr. Pat.
 
2013-04-29 09:49:24 AM  
You think you have it rough taste-testing your buddy's homebrew NOW?
 
2013-04-29 09:54:48 AM  

Sybarite: I want to party with that guy.


Are you out of your mind? He tucks his sweater in.
 
2013-04-29 09:55:07 AM  
Anyone else tried Dogfish Head's Theobroma? It's a re-creation of the Aztec drink based on chocolate. It's... very very odd. It's got cheese and feet and burning plastic and maybe some chocolate in there, and once you drink it odd things happen to your head. At least I had very weird dreams after drinking it.
 
2013-04-29 09:59:38 AM  

theorellior: Anyone else tried Dogfish Head's Theobroma? It's a re-creation of the Aztec drink based on chocolate. It's... very very odd. It's got cheese and feet and burning plastic and maybe some chocolate in there, and once you drink it odd things happen to your head. At least I had very weird dreams after drinking it.


Well that's because back then, the Aztecs brewed with cheese, feet, burning plastic and chocolate.

\Duh.
 
2013-04-29 10:11:27 AM  
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2013-04-29 10:12:34 AM  

theorellior: Anyone else tried Dogfish Head's Theobroma? It's a re-creation of the Aztec drink based on chocolate. It's... very very odd. It's got cheese and feet and burning plastic and maybe some chocolate in there, and once you drink it odd things happen to your head. At least I had very weird dreams after drinking it.


Actually, if you get it on tap rather than in a bottle it's completely different.  It's full of the fruity notes of chocolate, that we don't usually notice because we eat it as a confection.  I think it's one of those beers that really suffers in the bottle, especially if it's a few months old.
 
2013-04-29 10:27:06 AM  

LittleSmitty: Well of course. Alcohol was the only safe thing to drink because we were too stupid to understand it's a bad idea to piss and shiat in our water supply.


Arguably, we still haven't learned that.

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2013-04-29 10:28:01 AM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: There's an argument to be made that beer really did start civilization, because once people learned about brewing and fermentation, they expanded from wild barley into agriculture, and from nomadic life to settlements.
So, thanks, beer.


The cause of, and the solution to, all of life's problems.
 
2013-04-29 10:28:15 AM  
This article should've came out years earlier since the DFH beers have been around for a while, I'm sure it came out in a different form.
Translation: OLD NEWS but I enjoyed reading.
 
2013-04-29 10:29:53 AM  

mekkab: Humanity's greatest invention/scientific advancement? malting barely.


I say it's malting in a landslide!
 
2013-04-29 10:42:59 AM  

Valiente: LittleSmitty: Well of course. Alcohol was the only safe thing to drink because we were too stupid to understand it's a bad idea to piss and shiat in our water supply.

Arguably, we still haven't learned that.

[www.eoearth.org image 850x485]


To be fair, as long as we allow the "job creators" to continue to dictate environmental policy, we'll all continue to get fecal bacteria and petroleum products in our water and food supplies.

I need a drink
 
2013-04-29 10:54:49 AM  
The Indiana Jones of anything is just one of the best titles I think a person can shoot for.
 
2013-04-29 11:05:24 AM  

Valiente: God Is My Co-Pirate: There's an argument to be made that beer really did start civilization, because once people learned about brewing and fermentation, they expanded from wild barley into agriculture, and from nomadic life to settlements.
So, thanks, beer.

The cause of, and the solution to, all of life's problems.


The cause of, and the solution to, all of modern life, in a lot of ways.

Fermentation created civilization.
 
2013-04-29 11:09:58 AM  
My new favorite fermented drink is kombucha. Go ahead, judge me. ha!
 
2013-04-29 11:45:23 AM  

Parthenogenetic: [www.dogfish.com image 112x400]

It belongs in a museum!


I shall henceforth refer to my stomach as a museum.
 
2013-04-29 11:47:44 AM  
Booze and the dawn of civilization go hand in hand. They were certainly codevelopments.
 
2013-04-29 11:51:16 AM  

Shrugging Atlas: The Indiana Jones of anything is just one of the best titles I think a person can shoot for.


The Indiana Jones of pedophiles?
 
2013-04-29 11:51:23 AM  
All of human civilization was built by people who were f**ked up on something - and just as this truth has always been with us, so have the prohibitionists and killjoys.
 
2013-04-29 11:57:21 AM  

WhippingBoy: Shrugging Atlas: The Indiana Jones of anything is just one of the best titles I think a person can shoot for.

The Indiana Jones of pedophiles?


Short Round is an unfortunate police sketch?
 
2013-04-29 12:12:17 PM  
I am clearly in the wrong line of work.  I need to find a career where they pay me to travel the world and drink.

/Still miss "Thirsty Traveler".
 
2013-04-29 12:21:08 PM  
Brewing dates back as far as agriculture does, baking does not. So we started agriculture and cities for booze. If not for booze we would still be nomads killing shiat with spears for survival.
 
2013-04-29 12:25:45 PM  
praxcelis:Still miss "Thirsty Traveler".

This.

That was a good show.
 
2013-04-29 12:35:08 PM  

UnrepentantApostate: Actually, if you get it on tap rather than in a bottle it's completely different. It's full of the fruity notes of chocolate, that we don't usually notice because we eat it as a confection. I think it's one of those beers that really suffers in the bottle, especially if it's a few months old.


Interesting. I'd like to try it on tap, then. Of course, now I have to find it on tap.
 
2013-04-29 12:45:06 PM  

Parthenogenetic: [www.dogfish.com image 112x400]

It belongs in a museum belly!



FTFY.
 
2013-04-29 12:46:57 PM  
I've tried Midas Touch, it's flavor is complex but very pleasant.  It's super heavy though, fills you up like a ham sandwich.
 
2013-04-29 12:48:46 PM  
Gonz:

Fermentation created civilization.

And distilling made it portable. Long live bourbon!
 
2013-04-29 12:55:10 PM  
Alan Eames is the real Indiana Jones of beer and was doing it a long time before this fellow.
In Vermont. And Egyptian tombs.
 
2013-04-29 12:55:35 PM  

DubtodaIll: I'm not sure of the 100% validity of this statement, but I was told during school by a professor that the earliest example of writing we have was a supply list that included hops, barley, and other spices that were presumably used for making alcohol.  So as far as I know, the reason we created writing was to track the process of beer making.  Therefore alcohol provided the need to create civilization as we know it.



As far as we know, the earliest use of hops in beer was approximately 1000AD, and it didn't increase in popularity for another 2-300 years.

So, I doubt our earliest-known writing would have hops as an ingredient in alcoholic beverages.
 
2013-04-29 01:21:02 PM  
We have many of the gas laws we all learned in chemistry because of Scotch distillation.
 
2013-04-29 02:02:55 PM  

DubtodaIll: I'm not sure of the 100% validity of this statement, but I was told during school by a professor that the earliest example of writing we have was a supply list that included hops, barley, and other spices that were presumably used for making alcohol.  So as far as I know, the reason we created writing was to track the process of beer making.  Therefore alcohol provided the need to create civilization as we know it.


No hops.  Hops weren't popular until a few hundred years ago.
 
2013-04-29 02:11:24 PM  

pag1107: I've tried Midas Touch, it's flavor is complex but very pleasant.  It's super heavy though, fills you up like a ham sandwich.


I thought it tasted closer to wine than beer (not that there's anything wrong with that). I wouldn't mind having it again but, if given the choice between Dogfish brews, I'd probably pick their 90-Minute IPA, Indian Brown Ale, or Olde School Barleywine first.
 
2013-04-29 02:28:57 PM  
 
2013-04-29 02:35:48 PM  
Bruxellensis: DubtodaIll: I'm not sure of the 100% validity of this statement, but I was told during school by a professor that the earliest example of writing we have was a supply list that included hops, barley, and other spices that were presumably used for making alcohol.  So as far as I know, the reason we created writing was to track the process of beer making.  Therefore alcohol provided the need to create civilization as we know it.

No hops.  Hops weren't popular until a few hundred years ago.


Yeah sorry Hops heads, you run against the grain of most of brewing history.
 
2013-04-29 03:00:21 PM  
Indiana Jones of booze?  Lightweight.

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2013-04-29 04:35:11 PM  
Is there any Dogfish Head ancient ale which isn't awesome? Perhaps Sah'tea, but the black chai tea simply is not my thing, and I still recognize the beer is a good one.
 
2013-04-29 07:34:06 PM  
really, none of  you

What's his Fark Handle?
 
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