Pottery find leads to recreation of 9000-year-old beerJuly 21, 2010
Chateau Jiahu, from the Dogfish Head Brewery in Del
Dr Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania, came across the pottery shards on a trip to China 10 years ago.
A mixed fermented wine of rice, honey and fruit was drunk in northern China more than a thousand years before the previously oldest-known fermented drinks, brewed in the Middle East.
In the past scientists relied on stylistic similarities of early pottery and bronze vessels to argue for the existence of a prehistoric fermented beverage in China.