Born-on date: 2400 B.C.

Kirin makes beer from recipe in Egyptian wall paintings

Aug 2, 2002 - Japanese brewer Kirin has revived a 4,400-year-old beer recipe taken from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, but with the idea of selling it. "The Old Kingdom Beer" is the color of dark tea and about 10% alcohol, about twice the strength of "average" beer.


"It also has a taste very different from today's beer," Kirin spokesman Takaomi Ishii said. "It tastes a little like white wine." The beer is brewed with barley, like modern beers, but without hops.

Kirin has no plans to sell "The Old Kingdom Beer" commercially. The 30 liters (8 gallons) brewed in the current batch will be presented at an October conference of the Master Brewers Association of America in Texas.

Kirin developed the beer with Sakuji Yoshimura, a noted Egyptologist at Waseda University in Tokyo, using a recipe from 4,400-year-old Egyptian wall paintings. Evidence of beer making in Egypt dates back to the 10th century B.C.

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