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‘Once Upon A Time’: A Fairy Tale For Beer Lovers

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Beer is one of the oldest beverages consumed by humankind. It dates back 6,000 years to the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians. The taste, ingredients and blend behind a good brew reveal the story 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.


This segment aired on December 25, 2012.


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