Melbourne: A beer industry of colonial Melbourne in the 1860s is set to take guzzlers into an adventure through time and space, as they unveil a beer recipe on Monday, which has not been seen or tasted in 130 years.

While the taste and colour of the beer remains a mystery, what is known is that a team of brewers will create Melbourne history in a glass.

They will give today's drinkers a sense of what Melburnians were swigging from beer glasses when the city was a mere 20 years old and the capital of the Victorian colony.

Rather than a timeworn treasure map leading to hidden relics, brewers at Brunswick's Thunder Road Brewing will rely on a recipe jotted down by Alfred Terry, a brewer who came to Melbourne in 1851 and was a pioneer of Australia's beer industry, a media reported.

It is his recipe that Thunder Road senior brewer Marcus Cox and Jason Oliver, the brewmaster of Devils Backbone Brewing Co, Virginia, US, will faithfully re-create.

In doing so they will resurrect a beer first made for the Carlton Brewery, which traces its history to Melbourne's Bouverie Street in 1864 and is a forerunner of today's Carlton and United Breweries.

"Nobody is around today that drank that beer; it's back from the dead. I think it's a unique experience, a moment in time for Melbourne that we are trying to re-create," Cox said on Friday as he checked over his calibrations and ingredients at Thunder Road's inner-city craft brewery.

Historian and author Andrew Bailey, whose chance discovery of Terry's nearly 150-year-old brewing manual will guide the rebirth of the beer, said that Australians would have the opportunity to taste something that was believed lost forever.

After brewing, about 4000 litres of the beer will be conditioned over 30 days and offered free to the public, with some sold and the profits given to charity. It will be called Terry's Ale, in honour of Alfred Terry.

Those lucky enough to taste it may also get a sense of what a 19th-century hangover felt like.


Latest News from Lifestyle News desk