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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Go on a Booze Tour!

This year, we are offering a booze tour through the Penn Museum called "Ancient Alcohol: A Taste of Bygone Booze" to the first 20 people that apply. You will be guided on a 1/2 hour tour through the museum with a tasting afterward!

Explore how our ancestors partied like it was 5000 BCE! On this guided tour of the Penn Museum, check out early drinking vessels that reveal secrets of ancient Greek drinking games and the beverage served at a feast hosted by King Midas. Get up close to examine one of the world’s oldest wine jars, a queen’s golden beer straw, and ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs that depict alcohol rations for the afterlife. Plunge into the studies of a Penn Museum biomolecular archaeologist who collected samples of fermented beverages from ancient vessels and has brought some of these potent “time capsules” back to life using chemical analysis.

After you quench your thirst for knowledge of bygone brews on your tour, sit down with your own taste-test of Midas Touch, the most awarded of the Dogfish Head brews, created in part by the biomolecular archaeologist.