Meet the experimental archaeologist and the master brewer who are resurrecting beverages of the past. Dr. Patrick McGovern, known casually as the “Indiana Jones of Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages,” and Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, discuss what it takes to turn millennia-old booze samples at the bottom of a jug into mead fit for a king; our editors give us a sneak peek at their favorite fictional food scenes; and we honor Brian Doyle, who died last month.
Go beyond the episode:
- Read “Joyas Voladoras,” Brian Doyle’s ode to the capacity of the heart
- Explore Dr. Pat’s work on the intoxicating science of alcohol at the University of Pennsylvania Museum
- Watch Patrick McGovern and Sam Calagione work on a recipe for a new ancient ale
- Add your favorite food scene to our list of top fictional feasts
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