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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Shipwreck Beer

Made from recipes found in a 200-year-old shipwreck in Finland:

A Finnish microbrewery will replicate beer discovered in a nearly 200-year-old shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea in 2010, it said Thursday.

Divers discovered the beer in July 2010, as they salvaged champagne bottles from the wreck, which makes both the champagne and the beer the world's oldest.

The bottles of beer and champagne were still drinkable, preserved by the slightly salty water, low currents, a constant temperature of 41 degrees Fahrenheit, pressure from the sea and the total deep sea darkness.

The champagne -- some 168 bottles from Veuve Clicquot, Heidsieck and now-defunct Maison Juglar -- has since been sold at auctions.

Samples of the beer were analyzed by the Finnish laboratory VTT, which determined its composition.

"It's a pale ale and resembles contemporary beer," VTT researcher Annika Wilhelmson said.


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