Sinking beer bottles from 1886 used to create modern beer

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Bottles of beer recovered from a 133-year-old shipwreck were used to create a modern blonde beer.

The well-known "Deep Ascent" beer is an original idea from the Saint James Brewery Brewery in Holbrook, New York, and recently debuted at the New York State Brewers Association Craft Beer Festival in Albany.

"The yeast was recovered in our 1886 beer bottles. So cool! Explained the brewery on Facebook. "Be the first to try our creation very, very deep."

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Jamie Adams, owner of Saint James Brewery, created Deep Ascent from yeast. He was carefully cultivated from bottles of beer that he recovered in 2017 from the wreck of the Oregon SS, which sank off Fire Island in 1886.

Oregon is "a loved one and dear to Long Island divers," said Adams, a former Wall Street trader who began brewing and diving after September 11th. "It was the Titanic of its time, it was built as a luxury liner to transport people between New York and Europe."

The wreck is buried at 75% in sand, which moves after the storms to discover various parts of the ship. "In 2017, we discovered that the space around the first class dining room was accessible.That had not been the case for years," Adams said.

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The beer of the sinking has sparked some controversy. Another brewer had planned to use the SS Oregon yeast.

"One of the divers that I had recruited to help me find these bottles with the intention of making beer had given one to this other brewer, without my knowledge," Adams said.

However, the problem was resolved amicably.

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Bill Felter, of Serious Brewing, told the Post-Standard Syracuse that he had scuttled his plans out of respect for his farm brewer. "I do not want to walk on their toes," he said.

Deep Ascent is not the first beer after a sinking. The Guardian reports that "in 2014, Belgian scientists have replenished a beer from a wreck of 1842 off the Finnish coast.

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The SS Oregon was a "greyhound" liner that had broken the transatlantic speed record in 1884, according to the shipwreckworld.com website. Navigating under the colors of Cunard, the liner was traveling from Liverpool, UK, to New York, when it collided with another ship and sank on March 14, 1886.

Associated Press contributed to this article.

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