Oldest existing beer to be copied

Helsinki, March 27 : Five bottles of beer that had been well preserved for 170 years in a shipwreck will be reproduced and introduced to the market, reports Xinhua.

The bottles of beer, believed one of the oldest existing beers, were salvaged from a 19th century shipwreck, discovered in the summer of 2010 near the Aland archipelago.

The bottles had been preserved on the seabed at a depth of 50 meters, authorities in the Finnish province of Aland said.

The Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT was commissioned by the government of Aland to make technical analysis of the beer.

The researchers found three kinds of dead yeast cells as well as four kinds of living Lactic acid bacteria in the beer, which proved that the old beer was fermented by yeast and lactic acid bacteria.

Based on the research, a new version of the old beer will be created by the Stallhagen brewery of Aland, and it is expected to go on sale in the summer of 2014.

"We are extremely honoured and enthusiastic to have been given the opportunity to reproduce one of the world's oldest beers," Jan Wennstrom, the CEO of Stallhagen, was quoted as saying.

"There is an increasing global demand for special ales and we believe that recreating this historic beer will be of great interest to beer drinkers worldwide," he said.

The financial surplus generated by the sale will go to charitable causes.

In July 2010, some divers found more than 70 bottles of champagne from an ancient shipwreck remains near the sea of Aland archipelago.

The local government spent 85,000 euros on the salvage work, and a total of 145 bottles of champagne and five bottles of beer were lifted from the wreckage.

The shipwreck found in the 55-meter deep seabed was probably a ship sent by French king Louis XVI, to transport gifts to Russian imperial household in the beginning of the 19th century.

--IANS (Posted on 27-03-2013)

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