Every beer commercial will at some point emphasize the product's "rich tradition" or "time-honoured brewing techniques". Beer, it seems, is only good if someone has been making it in one particular way for at least 150 years.
If that be the case, then personal fave Dogfish Head Brewery has everyone beat. By a substantial margin.
This summer, they will be debuting Chateau Jiahu, a beer based on a 9,000 year old Chinese recipe. Yes, 9,000 years old. After analyzing chemical
traces of the ancient brew in pottery from a neolithic Chinese village, molecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern worked with Dogfish to recreate beverage made from "rice, honey and fruit". This makes him the coolest molecular archaeologisy ever.
But Dogfish's historic offerings don't stop there. They also make Sah'Tea, based on a Ninth Century Finnish drink:
And Theobroma, a chocolate-based beer based on chemical analysis of 3,200-year-old pottery fragments from Honduras:
So, yeah. Take that, Budweiser. I can only pray that the ol' LCBO will be getting some of this tasty goodness in stock.