Do you think that anything from 1886 could be good? One Upstate brewery is thinking that it has a shot at something that is great-tasting. Students who are in the Biotechnology program at the State University of New York at Cobleskill managed to get their hands on a bottle of beer that originates (allegedly) from an 1886 shipwreck.

The bottle of beer was on the US Oregon which, according to an article on,

The ship was en route from Liverpool, England, to New York City with 852 people aboard on March 14, 1886, when it collided with a schooner near Fire Island, New York, and sank. All but one person survived.

There were other non-human items that also survived, one of which was a bottle of beer. The students from SUNY Cobleskill along with Serious Brewing Company of Howes Cave, are hoping that they will be able to isolate the yeast that is in that bottle and then be able to use that beer to make another beer. The style and type of brew it will become remains to be seen--at least until the yeast can be identified.

Would you try a beer based on a 133-year-old recipe? This author would.

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