Stanford students recreate 5,000-year-old Chinese beer recipe

By Brian Lemay 18 comments


Slapahoequisha Johnson

Feb 2, 2017, 12:16 am Reply

I bet the beer went well with the 5000 year old leftovers at the back of the fridge in the dorm shared kitchen area.

Thaïs’ Opera

Feb 2, 2017, 1:28 pm Reply

This is so damn idiotic. And this is Stanford. 😐

Erik P.

Feb 2, 2017, 2:36 pm Reply

Yay beer!


Feb 2, 2017, 2:47 pm Reply

best experiment ever


Feb 2, 2017, 1:32 pm Reply

I would be happy if america could reasonably duplicate a good german beer (and no samual adams doesn't cut it).
Or american distributors get better at distributing fresh german beer and stop stocking old beer. Capitalism isn't working in the foreign beer market.

Arch Stanton

Feb 2, 2017, 8:28 pm Reply

I'd definitely try it. I'm always open to a new brew.

Александр Петрухин

Feb 2, 2017, 6:46 am Reply

We try given, and that those who drank beer for the first time tried. How could they evaluate?


Feb 2, 2017, 6:12 am Reply

Amazing lack of specifics, is it strong? weak? What kind of buzz does it give, how much hangover? Ugh.


Feb 2, 2017, 2:42 am Reply

The old ways are alive! Nice work Professor and what a great undergrad spokesperson.

Danya Feltzin

Feb 2, 2017, 8:15 am Reply

So cool. Love this, would love to taste this. I wonder if you could say this is paleo LOL


Feb 2, 2017, 5:41 pm Reply

damn hipster archaeologists

Jason Henson

Feb 2, 2017, 10:21 am Reply

beer through a straw? ew lol

The Craft Beer Channel

Feb 2, 2017, 11:58 am Reply

Great to see a university investigating this kind of stuff! Not sure it was the alcohols that were sour, probably lactobacillus bacteria on the grain lowered the pH.

The straws are actually pretty accurate too – it's how the Sumerians showed themselves drinking a similar beer on their stone tablets.


Mar 3, 2017, 5:34 pm Reply

Was that barley ???
Ok, totally didn't watch the vid before I commented

charlie Dilltardē

Jun 6, 2018, 7:43 am Reply

they would have filtered it dummies


Sep 9, 2018, 2:59 am Reply

Tip of the iceberg, yeast also provides flavor.


Sep 9, 2018, 7:56 pm Reply

for sure: Beer in the past was not made in Laboratory Vessels, they probably used wooden barrels or something. Come on!

Jarod Iking

Apr 4, 2019, 1:11 pm Reply

i doubt brewing was a terrible as that in ancient times
they didnt filter after fermentation was done

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