The plan was to make seven kegs of the experimental brew, which would be revealed at a special event in New York a few weeks later. And since it would take the brew at least that long to age, they wouldn’t know if it was any good because they wouldn’t be able to taste it prior to its revelation.
The new beer was called Dogfish Head’s Ta Henket, which in ancient Egyptian means “bread beer.” They unveiled it during the glitzy King Tut exhibit at Times Square. The reviews ranged the spectrum from wonderful to “think citrus, herbs, bubble gum.”
Ta Henket is now available commercially, and represents the hardest of the hardcore home brewing fad, a fad that began thousands of years ago.