Pat McGovern or “Dr. Pat” as his friends call him is the world’s most accomplished expert on ancient fermented beverages.Â He has been published in academic journals and books.Â He has identified the oldest known barley beer, grape wine, and the earliest known booze of any kind, Neolithic Grog (9,000 years old). He has also helped inspire Dogfish Head Brew Pub founder Sam Calagione to brew some beverages that Dr. Pat reverse engineered such as, Midas Touch and Chateau Jiahu.
I really think that Dr. Pat should be the inspiration for the next Indiana Jones movie.Â I would definitely go see a movie about a beer archaeologist over seeing one about ancient aliens.
For more information I highly suggest you check out the full Smithsonian Article HERE.