|Oldest Brewery Discovered
|Archeologists and researchers from the University of Florida
have unearthed what they say may be the oldest known brewery.
The structure, located in the Andes, is pre-Incan and at least
1,000 years old. They believe that the brewery could produce
drinks for hundreds of people at one sitting.
The key to the discovery came when nearly 20 ceramic, 15
gallon vats were found at the site which is located over 8,000
feet above sea level in the mountains of southern Peru. "This is
not your basic household making beer equipment" said Susan
deFrance, leader of the expedition.
The brewery is thought to have produced "chicha," an alcoholic
drink derived mainly from a berry of the molle pepper plant. A
modern version is made from corn.
|100 Beer Worker Wins
A German waiter who was fired for drinking up to 100 bottles
of beer every day has won a court case for unfair dismissal.
The 50-year-old, who had worked at the Unter Taschenmacher
pub in Cologne for eight years, admitted that his managers had
repeatedly warned him not to drink at work. The unnamed
former employee agreed that he drank up to 100 bottles of free
beer a day with friends while working at the pub.
However, a tribunal awarded him €3,000 (£2,000) plus three
months' salary and said the pub had been his 'dream' job. The
man also told the tribunal losing his job had been devastating.
Pub owner Rene Sion said he couldn't understand why the court
had been so lenient with the waiter.
submitted by Brian Lynch