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Israeli researchers drink to old times with ancient-style beer

SHOTLIST JERUSALEM, UNDEFINEDMAY 22, 2019SOURCE: AFPTV 1. Close-up freshly-brewed ancient beer being poured into cups at a bar where it was presented to the press 2. Tracking shot man pouring freshly-brewed ancient beer into cups at a bar 3. Mid shot freshly-brewed ancient beer being poured into cups at a bar 4. SOUNDBITE 1 - Yitzchak Paz, Israel Antiquities Authority (male, English, 19 sec): "We know that (in ancient times) they used wheat, they used yeast, they used water, and they didn't have any preservators like today, for the beer. Now, what they added were some flavouring materials, like date-concentration or things like this, maybe honey." 5. Cutaway: freshly-brewed ancient beer being poured into cups at a bar 6. SOUNDBITE 2 - Yitzchak Paz, Israel Antiquities Authority (male, English, 17 sec): "When we started the whole project we understood that when we start to brew this material and we get the beer, it will probably be similar, maybe not identical but similar to the flavour that we had a thousand years ago." 7. Cutaway: freshly-brewed ancient beer being poured into cups at bar 8. Cutaway: vessels found in archaeological digs on a table for exhibition 9. Cutaway: man looking at an exhibition of vessels found in archaeological digs 10. Cutaway: journalists and others listening 11. SOUNDBITE 3 - Yitzchak Paz, Israel Antiquities Authority (male, English, 16 sec): "Until now, researchers used ancient receipts (of beer) but modern materials. This is the first time when we actually use ancient materials to create ancient beer. " 12. Cutaway: A screen showing slideshow on the process of beer production 13. Cutaway: Mid shot freshly-brewed ancient beer being poured into cups at bar ///-----------------------------------------------------------AFP TEXT STORY: Israeli researchers drink to old times with ancient-style beerJerusalem, May 22, 2019 (AFP) - Israeli researchers announced Wednesday they had managed to extract yeast from ancient jars and produced a head-spinning concoction with it: beer similar to what the Pharaohs would have imbibed.The beer with a six-percent alcoholic strength and similar in taste to a wheat ale was presented to journalists, as was mead at 14-percent strength.Researchers from Israel's Antiquities Authority as well as three Israeli universities called it a first."I remember that when we first brought out the beer that we sat around the table and drank, we raised a cup to say l'chaim (a Hebrew toast meaning 'to life')," said Aren Maeir, an archaeologist with Bar-Ilan University."And I said either we'll be good or we'll all be dead in five minutes. We lived to tell the story."The yeast was taken from the remains of jars found at archaeological sites. Beer offered for tastings on Wednesday was made with a yeast that descended from one some 3,000 years old, the researchers said.Yeast was also extracted that descended from some 5,000 years ago, according to the Antiquities Authority.Modern beer-making methods were used to produce the tipple. The researchers hope to create one using ancient recipes in the future -- and possibly produce it commercially for sale at some point.Researchers from Jerusalem's Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University were also involved in the project.mjs/dr -------------------------------------------------------------

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