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'Once Upon A Time': A Beer Lover's Fairy Tale 10:17

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Ah, beer — one of the oldest beverages consumed by humankind. It dates back 6,000 years to the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians. As such, the taste, ingredients and blend behind a good brew at any specific time tell us much about the lives of the men and women who lived in those times.

The Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project of Somerville has explored this further with a project called "Once Upon A Time." Advised by Amsterdam-based beer historian Ron Pattinson, Dann Paquette and Martha Holley-Paquette of Pretty Things are recreating beers as they would have been brewed at different times in history.

The latest installment of the "Once Upon A Time" series is the X Ale. Pretty Things has brewed two versions of the beer — one from 1838 and another from 1945.

Paquette and Pattinson join Radio Boston to explain the difference that 107 years makes in the wonderful world of beer.


  • Ron Pattinson, beer historian
  • Dann Paquette, Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

This segment aired on May 31, 2012.

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