Australian scientists claim to have produced the world’s oldest beer from 220-year-old yeast salvaged from a ship that went down with 7,000 gallons of alcohol on board.
The Sydney Cove was en route from Calcutta to Sydney when she sprang a leak and ran aground on tiny Preservation Island in Bass Strait near Tasmania in February 1797. It is the the eight oldest known shipwreck in Australian waters, and the first merchant vessel lost after the establishment of a British colony at Sydney in 1788.
And no, just no:
In the meantime, a homebrew using the yeast has been made based on a common English ale recipe.
The beer has been named Preservation Ale by Mr Thurrowgood, after the island where the Sydney Cove went down, and is quite possibly a revival of the world’s oldest beer.
Ale is sans hops, beer con.
Sure, a rather archaic distinction but then when talking about history why not be archaic?