Genre: Food and drink
Location: Philadelphia , PA
Venue: Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
Join Patrick E. McGovern, Scientific Director of Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory at the Penn Museum and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, as he takes us on a lively tour around the world and through the millennia to tell the compelling story of humanity’s ingenious, intoxicating quest for the perfect drink. A leading authority on ancient alcoholic beverages, he will follow a trail of archaeological, chemical, artistic, and textual clues to shed light on how humans created and enjoyed fermented beverages across cultures.
We discover, for example, that the cereal staples of the modern world were probably domesticated for their potential in making quantities of alcoholic beverages. These include the delectable rice wines of China and Japan, the corn beers of the Americas, and the millet and sorghum drinks of Africa. Humans also learned how to make mead from honey and wine from exotic fruits of all kinds – even from the sweet pulp of the cacao (chocolate) fruit in the New World.
The perfect drink, it turns out – whether it be mind-altering, medicinal, a religious symbol, a social lubricant, or artistic inspiration – has not only been a profound force in history, but may be fundamental to the human condition itself.
Following the discussion, ancient beers from Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales will be sampled. Limited to 40. Call to register.