New brew from ancient Peru featured at Field Bistro (VIDEO)

Beer brewed with purple corn and pepper berries. (Field Museum)

By Siying Li

You can always read about an ancient culture in books or see the objects it produced at a museum. And now you can even taste it. Inspired by the brewing customs of the Wari people in ancient Peru, the Field Museum will launch a new beer in March, made with traditional Peruvian ingredients—purple corn and pepper berry.

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Archaeologists found remains of the beer in 2004 when a team of researchers uncovered a bygone Wari brewery in southern Peru. The ancient brewery operated between 600 and 1050 AD.

The beer will be released on Thursday night at the museum’s beer tasting event. The product will be available next week at the museum’s Field Bistro and in bottles at select retailers.