Beer Project – Day 1 – From Gourds to Growlers: How Beer Helped Shape Ethiopia and the Mediterranean
From the first female-owned breweries in Ethiopia to the ancient ales enjoyed by Antony and Cleopatra, beer has enhanced the social, economic and religious aspect of lives around the world. Learn more about the profound – and long lasting – impact of the world’s favorite beverage in this engaging conversation with two renowned experts in their field.
For the 2018 Beer Project, we are taking a look at the enduring influence of beer through the ages. Experts will engage in a dialogue about their work in beer anthropology, as we taste ancient ales inspired by the MFA’s collection of ancient mosaics.
- Dr. John Arthur, associate professor of anthropology at USF, discovered ancient beer production, documenting the importance of beer brewing in places such as Ethiopia, Sudan, and northern Mexico. (Dr. Arthur has also discovered in southern Ethiopia a human burial dating to 4,500 years ago, which led to the extraction of ancient DNA, sequencing for the first time a whole ancient human genome from Africa, one of the most significant finds in the 21st century!)
- As a beer historian, archaeologist and art historian, Univ. of Colorado Boulder’s Professor Travis Rupp’s primary focus is brewing one-of-a-kind Ales of Antiquity, closely replicating recipes of historical beers — some dating back to 1200 BC. Rupp’s work recently took him to Italy to work with Umbrian monks, creating “Benedictus” and “Nursia,” two beers in Avery Brewing Company’s “Ales of Antiquity” series.
Participate in in-depth tours of our Mosaics Conservation Lab with our own Dr. Michael Bennett, senior curator of early western art. After the talk and during the tours, enjoy – and vote for – beers from the St. Petersburg Home Brew Club, brewed especially for Day 1 of the MFA’s Beer Project!
Must be 21 or older to participate. The admission price includes free beer tastings, glassware, food, in-depth tours of our mosaic conservation lab, presentations and conversations with the beer experts and our curator, as well as access to the galleries.