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Barley's Smokehouse & Brewpub collaborates with GLBC for ancient beer dinner

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Collaborations are all the rave lately, and why not? When great craft beer minds meet, the end result is a unique microbrew that offers the best of both worlds - and in this case those worlds are Barley's Smokehouse & Brewpub and Great Lakes Brewing Company.

On March 29th from 6-9 p.m., the Smokehouse will host From the Tigris to the Nile: a Sumerian-Egyptian Beer Dinner, which promises to be "part art, part science, part magic." This is the second collaboration for the Smokehouse in the past year, having developed KA Amunet with Actual Brewing Company and North High Brewing last year. Named after a mummy at the Ohio Historical Center, the idea was to develop a beer that would be similar to what ancient Egyptians would have been enjoying at the time.

Turns out our local breweries weren't the only ones having a meeting of the minds. Great Lakes Brewing Company had also been working with the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago to concoct an ancient Sumerian brew called Enkibru, which was brewed using ancient Sumerian technology that included using pottery in the fermentation process. It only made good sense for these two breweries to get together and present their beers for the avid craft beer connoisseur to enjoy.

In addition to tasting KA Amunet, Enkibru, lucky attendees will be able to sample Great Lakes's other Sumerian-inspired brew, Gilgamash, which was brewed with coriander, dates, juniper berries, cardamom and grains of paradise. You will also be able to hear from and mingle with an interesting mix of notable craft beer personalities and archeology experts. Slated to appear will be Pat Conway, GLBC co-founder; Michael Williams, Sumerian Brewer for GLBC; Tate Paulette, archeologist at the University of Chicago; Linda Pansing, curator of archaeology at the Ohio Historical Society; and Brian Zimerle, ceramist at the University of Chicago. And of course it goes without saying that the ever-personable Lenny Kolada and Angelo Signorino, Smokehouse founder and brewmaster, respectively, will also be present as well.

The 48 tickets available will go on sale on February 21. For a mere $60, ticketholders will not only get to enjoy uniquely crafted history-inspired beer, but also enjoy an "inspired" four-course dinner, as well as other great brews created by Barley's Smokehouse & Brewpub and GLBC. And of course there's an up-close-and-personal history lesson that will delve into the mysteries of ancient Sumer and Egypt.

Tickets are expected to sell fast, so click here to secure your seat to From the Tigris to the Nile: a Sumerian-Egyptian Beer Dinner.

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