Washington, Apr 4 ANI | 2 years ago

A Virginia beer maker has created a beer which is made from the yeast on a 35-million-year old whale fossil.

The creation, called Bone Dusters Paleo Ale, is said to taste sweet like Belgium beer and it has a 4-to-5-percent alcohol by volume (ABV) --slightly lower than regular beer, Fox News reported.

Jason Osborne, co-founder of Paleo Quest, a non-profit dedicated to advancing paleontology and geology, teamed up with Jason Akerboom from the Lost Rhino Brewing Company to create this vintage brew.

The two headed down to the fossil archives of the Calvert Marine Museum in Maryland to swab old bones for cells of a beer-making yeast.

Their hope was to find an untapped strain of yeast. Yet after several attempts, they eventually found a variant of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a yeast used by breweries everywhere.

The new variant is called Saccharomyces cerevisiae var protocetus after the protocetid whale fossil from which they took the swabs.

(Posted on 04-04-2014)

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