06/29/2011 01:21 pm ET | Updated Aug 29, 2011

Resurrecting Ancient Brews

It sounds like a dream job for some but researching ancient beer recipes is no easy task. Smithsonian magazine profiles Professor Patrick McGovern (known as "Dr. Pat" by Dogfish Head Brewery owner Sam Calagione) and his quest to discover clues about extinct civilizations through the libations they imbibed.

In between excavations and his archaeology research, McGovern has found time to collaborate with Calagione on five different beers, all inspired by ancient civilizations. Check out the slideshow below to learn more about these traditional-yet-modern brews.

Dogfish Head's Ancient Beers

To learn more about the brews, see Dogfish Head's full rundown here. To learn more about McGovern's work, check our Smithsonian magazine's piece here.