Yeast from extinct whale gives Paleo Ale its wild taste

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These days the perfect pint comes in many forms – beers are flavoured with citrus fruits, jalapeno and even bacon.

Now there is a brew made from fossils that is said to taste “sweet and untamed”.

The founder of a palaeontology and geology organisation set out to find an untapped strain of yeast to make his strange brew in a bid to sneak science into drinks.

The creation is called Bone Dusters Paleo Ale and it is said to taste much like Belgium beer.

Jason Osborne of Paleo Quest worked with brewing scientist Jason Akerboom from the Lost Rhino Brewing Company to create his unusual tipple, which includes yeast found on a 35 million-year-old whale fossil.

Akerboom planned to extract ancient samples from inside amber, which has been attempted by another brewery in California.

But after discarding the Jurassic Park-inspired idea, the pair visited Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland, to swab and collect dirt from fossils.

They collected 20 samples but were initially disappointed because “the samples were almost 100 percent bacteria”. Then they noticed that one sample, containing cells from the extinct whale bones, was fermenting.

They hoped the wild yeast was a completely new strain, but found they had captured a previously unknown subspecies of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is well known to breweries and wineries. – Daily Mail

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