Sunday, August 01, 2004

Beerbeerbeerbeer, beerbeerbeer, beerbeerbeerbeer, mmmmbeer.

Like it? That's my Beer Song- I'm gonna go to Nashville, be a rockin roll star.

1,000-Year-Old Brewery Unearthed
Fri Jul 30, 9:59 AM ET
MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. researchers have unearthed what they say may be the oldest known brewery in the Andes, a pre-Incan plant at least 1,000 years old that could produce drinks for hundreds of people at one sitting...

At least 20 ceramic, 10- to 15-gallon vats were found at the site some 8,000 feet up in the mountains of southern Peru...

Patrick Ryan Williams, assistant curator at the Field Museum, said each nobleman would have consumed up to 2.6 gallons of chicha per ceremony...

Archeologists discovered what they think are halls for "ritual intoxication" at Cerro Baul, where Wari noblemen apparently feasted and drank...

Mike Moseley, associate chairman of anthropology at the university, said the halls "become a place where politics are negotiated and economic decisions are made"...

The Wari civilization thrived from about A.D. 700 to 1000, conquering all of what is modern Peru before swiftly and mysteriously declining.

Nice. Lets review the facts:
1. drinks for hundreds of people at one sitting
2. 20 ceramic, 10- to 15-gallon vats
3. consumed up to 2.6 gallons of chicha per ceremony
4. politics negotiated
5. economic decisions made
6. Wari civilization swiftly and mysteriously declined
I'm no scientist, but I think I solved the mystery.
If I drank 2.6 gallons of chicha, or even chicha lite, the first thing declining would be my pants.

This reminds me of a time many moons ago at my friend Gary's house- his parents were out of town, so we threw a little chicha ritual of our own- 70 or so of our closest friends.

What I remember is the hot tub filled with about 40 or so Swiss Miss instant coco packets with the little marshamllows (they clog up a filter real good) and my breakfast, which was a Cerro Baul of Fruit Loops and chicha from the keg (no milk, that was used up on the slippity slid in the hall way).
I wonder if a thousand years from now anyone will dig up Gary's house on Regal Ave in Hayward and spend millions studying the ceremonial aspects of senior year?

Beerbeerbeerbeer, beerbeerbeer, beerbeerbeerbeer, mmmmbeer...


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