Old beer is in. Real old beer. Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub and Great Lakes Brewing Co. each attempted to recreate ancient beers from Egypt and Sumeria last year. And now the two breweries are joining together for a special four-course beer dinner that will feature those brews.
The event, dubbed “From the Tigris to the Nile: A Sumerian-Egyptian Beer Dinner,” is from 6 to 9 p.m. March 29 at Barley’s Smokehouse in Columbus. Both KA Amunet, the beer made by Barley's Smokehouse, Actual and North High, and Enkibru, the beer made by Cleveland's Great Lakes with guidance from the University of Chicago, will be served.
“Last year, unknowingly, both craft breweries were working on creating a beer inspired by an ancient civilization,” Barley’s Smokehouse founder Lenny Kolada said in an email. “This year, we come together to highlight these beers, with historical context, on one night. The beers won’t be available anywhere else, and it is anticipated that the dinner will appeal to those who enjoy history, adventure and out-there beer.”
The event will include guest speakers. In addition to Kolada, the following individuals will attend: Barley’s brewmaster Angelo Signorino Jr., Great Lakes co-founder Pat Conway, Great Lakes brewer Michael Williams, Ohio Historical Society curator of archaeology Linda Pansing, University of Chicago archaeologist Tate Paulette and University of Chicago ceramist Brian Zimerle.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ohio Historical Society.
Barley’s Smokehouse describes the evening as: “Part Art. Part Science. Part Magic.”
Tickets, which are $60, go on sale Friday (Feb. 21). There are only 48 seats available. For more details or to buy tickets, click here.