Yet Another Kooky Beer Brewed From Prehistoric Whale Fossil

on 28/03/14 at 11:39 am

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_56701944_jex_1232782_de17-1Yeast found on the 35 million-year-old remains of a prehistoric whale is the latest bizarre ingredient to be used to brew beer in an effort to engage people with science.

The Lost Rhino Brewing Company, together with Paleo Quest, a non-profit dedicated to advancing palaeontology and geology, have created Bone Dusters Paleo Ale; a beer made from yeast found on a prehistoric whale fossil, according to a report in Scientific American.

Jason Osborne, co-founder of Paleo Quest, came up with the idea of combining palaeontology with beer in an attempt to engage the public in conversations about science teaming up with the Virginia-based brewery to embark on a prehistoric beer brewing experiment.

Knowing that yeast, the organism responsible for turning sugar into alcohol, is everywhere, Osborne and brewer Jasper Akerboom started swabbing prehistoric whale fossils to grow samples of yeast to use in their brew.

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