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Brewing Company Eyes Bottle From 1886 Wreck

Students open a bottle from the SS Oregon
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 16, 2019 9:30 AM CST
Stock image of a diver and a shipwreck.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Ahoy, beer lovers: A bottle from a 133-year-old shipwreck may yield yeast for a new brew in upstate New York, the AP reports. Biotechnology students at the State University of New York at Cobleskill uncorked a bottle from the shipwrecked SS Oregon on Thursday. Serious Brewing Company of Howes Cave plans to develop a new brew if the students successfully extract yeast. Bill Felter, of Serious Brewing, acquired the beer from a customer who owns an assortment of artifacts recovered from the Oregon.

The ship was en route from Liverpool, England, to New York City with 852 people aboard on March 14, 1886, when it collided with a schooner near Fire Island, New York, and sank. All but one person survived. Last year, an Australian brewer produced beer from yeast recovered from a 220-year-old shipwreck. (Read about the 10 most popular beers in America.)


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