June 22, 2017

Getty Villa presents The Past on Tap: Feasts and Fermented Brews in Ancient Europe

Desiree Zenowich
Getty Communications
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Getty Villa presents
The Past on Tap: Feasts and Fermented Brews in Ancient Europe

At the Getty Villa
Saturday and Sunday, July 15 &16, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Drink deep of ancient history -- and brews -- in the latest event in the “Bacchus Uncorked” series at the Getty Villa, exploring the noble art of fermentation.

An array of drinking and feasting equipment uncovered recently at ancient European burial sites suggests that our Iron Age ancestors weren’t above raising a toast – or two or three or twelve – to the dear departed as part of funeral rites.

Archeologist and anthropologist Bettina Arnold discusses evidence for power-drinking in pre-Roman Europe, including organic residue scraped from an ancient bronze cauldron buried with the deceased. Then join certified beer expert Mark M. Keene to taste brews inspired by ancient ingredients, including one made possible by the high-tech analysis of that cauldron, with help from a savvy paleobotanist and enthusiastic brew masters, and is being re-created locally by Santa Monica Brew Works. 

Join “The Past on Tap: Feasts and Fermented Brews in Ancient Europe” on Saturday, July 15, 5-8pm or Sunday, July 16, 4-7pm at the Getty Villa. The lecture takes place in the auditorium, followed by brew-tasting on the Café Terrace.  $65 admission includes appetizers, complimentary parking, and ancient brews.  Advance tickets required; must be 21 and older.

For tickets and more information, visit Please note that some galleries will be closed for reinstallation and part of the Outer Peristyle will be closed for maintenance. Visit for the most current information.


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