Science! Fossil Whale Ale?

Beer science!

The Lost Rhino Brewing Company in Ashburn, Virginia is brewing “Bone Dusters Paleo Ale.” What makes it “paleo”? It’s brewed with yeast found on a 40-million-year-old whale fossil. Of course it is. Jasper Akerboom of Lost Rhino and Jason Osborne of Paleo Quest  worked together to swab some yeast from old bones.

Osborne and Akerboom were hoping for a brewing revelation – an entirely new strain of wild yeast that would shake the brewing industry to its core and open up a whole new world of possibilities for craft brews. What they discovered turns out not to be an entirely new species, but rather a new subspecies of the yeast well known to breweries and wineries worldwide: Saccharomyces cerevisiae. They’re calling the new variant Saccharomyces cerevisiae var protocetus after the protocetid whale fossil it was swabbed from.

Just imagine the beer geek tasting possibilities. [sip] “Hmm, tastes like… whale. But not fresh whale. A whale just past its prime. Nice aroma, though. Hints of grapefruit, perhaps?”