Smarty Pants Podcast

From Beer to Eternity


Exploring ancient ales and fermentation re-creations

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By Stephanie Bastek

June 27, 2017



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.

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Stephanie Bastek is the associate editor of the Scholar and the producer/host of the Smarty Pants podcast.

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