The August 2011 issue of Smithsonian Magazine features alengthy article on "Beer Archaeologist" Patrick McGovern whose series of books examines the history of the brew. The article is written by Abigail Tucker.
McGovern, a 66-year-old archaeologist and University of Pennsylvania adjunct professor, helps brewers, such as Sam Calagione of the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, enhance their products with ancient recipes from the Middle East and China. The professor analyzes ancient pottery for residue and uses his findings to document ingredients and re-create recipes.
“It’s called experimental archaeology,” McGovern explains.