The big news may or may not be that Dogfish Head is releasing Ta Henket on Monday though I found this snippet to be more interesting:
“There’s really a growing interest in re-creations — huge interest, I think,” says Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania Museum who has conducted the scientific and historical research behind the Ancient Ales. Although he has an exclusivity agreement with Dogfish Head, he estimates that the number of brewers asking him to collaborate on re-creations has doubled or tripled within the past six months. He says he has even been approached by beer-industry giants, including MillerCoors.
The Ancient Ales series is a big part of what has made Dogfish Head a superstar in the beer world and what has made the culinary world take notice as well. Hard to blame these other breweries for trying. Aren’t there other biomolecular archaeologists out there?