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September 20, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Old Stone House hosts 'Ancient Ales'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House will host "Ancient Ales," an entertaining and educational program about the history of beer, at 3 p.m., March 8.

The program will combine live brewing demonstrations, informal discussions and sample tastings to explore the important role of beer in Greek, Roman, Egyptian and other ancient cultures.

"There's good archaeological evidence that beer was brewed very early in human history, as early as 6000-7000 years ago," said Aksel Casson, an instructor in SRU's professional studies and interdisciplinary programs department.

"Beer was important in ancient religious ceremonies, in art and in political ritual as well. Ancient monarchs were often buried with vast quantities of beer, intended for use in the afterlife," he said.

SRU professors will be on hand to discuss how archaeological and historical evidence explain what kinds of beers ancient people drank, as well as the role beer played in shaping ancient culture.

Ancient brewing techniques, including the unusual "hot-stone boil," will be demonstrated.

Guests will be able to sample ancient beers, based on recipes from ancient-Greek and early-Norse cultures. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Tickets for the event are $25, and may be purchased by calling 724.738.4964 or visiting the website: All ticketholders must be 21 or older. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Old Stone House's educational programs.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.