Just consider this proof that Canadians refuse to let good beer go to waste.
Last year, amateur treasure hunter and scuba diver Jon Crouse found a century-old bottle of Alexander Keith’s beer at the bottom of the Halifax Harbour. Still containing liquid and completely intact, he became more and more curious as to whether or not beer was actually still contained in the bottle. As a result, his discovery soon ended up in the hands of researchers at Dalhousie University.
Professor Andrew Macintosh, who specializes in fermentation research, ran a series of tests on the brew. He, along with his team, looked at its density, colour and pH levels. Tests indicated that the bottle was indeed filled with beer–an India pale ale, to be exact. So once they confirmed that this was in fact an old bottle of Keith’s, researchers only had one trial left to complete: a taste test.
“For a sample that’s been sitting on the bottom of the Halifax harbour for 100 years, it was surprisingly familiar as a beer product,” Macintosh said.
Although the positive side of his review ended there. Macintosh said that the drink had an “odd, meaty” favour, with lighter fruit notes and a “very strong odour.” Although local bar owner Chris Reynolds, who also participated in the taste test, said the brew was “surprisingly good.”
Either way, this was quite the discovery, and helped shed some light on what Canadians might have been drinking back in the day.
Cheers, friends, to science!