The Getty Villa

Bacchus Uncorked is an occasional series focusing on the grape in the ancient world. Hear insightful talks about wine cultivation and drinking practices from experts in archaeology, classical history, literature, and science, then enjoy wine and appetizers at a special outdoor reception. Plan a visit to the galleries where numerous Greek and Roman vessels for mixing and serving wine are on display. Explore beyond Bacchus and wine with special programs that delve into ancient mead, beer, and other fermented beverages enjoyed by humans for thousands of years.

Next in the Series

The Past on Tap: Feasts and Fermented Brews in Ancient Europe


Date: Saturday, July 15 or
Sunday July 16, 2017
Time: Saturday 5:00–8:00 p.m. or
Sunday 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium and
Café Terrace
Admission: $65; advance ticket required. Includes appetizers and complimentary parking. Ages 21 and over.

Recent archaeological discoveries from Germany and France point to the importance of feasts awash with alcoholic beverages during Europe's Iron Age. An array of drinking and feasting equipment uncovered at burial sites dating from 400 to 450 B.C. suggests that mourners consumed copious amounts of mood-altering substances when honoring the dead.

Hear from archaeologist and anthropologist Bettina Arnold how these artifacts, and residue scraped from inside an ancient bronze cauldron buried with the deceased, shed light on power-drinking in pre-Roman European societies. Certified beer expert Mark Mark Keene then introduces a selection of fermented brews with interesting connections to the past to be sipped while enjoying the outdoor setting of the Getty Villa. Featured is a malt and honey beverage called braggot, created from a recipe based on the cauldron's contents and is being recreated locally by Santa Monica Brew Works. In her talk, Arnold reveals how high-tech analysis and help from a savvy paleobotanist and enthusiastic brew masters made it possible to craft a recipe and recreate this ancient brew.

About Bettina Arnold
Bettina Arnold obtained her bachelor's degree in archaeology from Yale University and her master's and PhD degrees in anthropology from Harvard University. She is professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she served as the co-director of the Center for Celtic Studies from 2000-2009. Her area of expertise is the pre-Roman European Iron Age, but in the course of her career she has participated in archaeological projects ranging from the Middle Bronze Age through the early medieval period in western Europe. Since 1999 she has co-directed a research project in southwest-Germany focused on the burial record of the early Iron Age Heuneburg hillfort and its environs; two burial mounds associated with this site were excavated by the Landscape of Ancestors project between 1999 and 2002.

About Mark Mark Keene
Mark Mark Keene is a Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist in Spirits, and Certified Cicerone® (beer expert) with 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and a decade of luxury service with The Ritz Carlton, The Four Seasons, and Disney. After receiving a bachelor's degree from Whittier College, he earned a master's of science in hospitality management from Collins College, Cal Poly Pomona. Currently Mark is a beverage operations academic and instructor for Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, where he will complete a doctorate in hospitality and tourism management in summer 2018. He is a published researcher and studies the cultural-alcohol consumption behavior of the most powerful international touring cultures, specifically China, India, and Eastern Europe.

Planning Your Visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. With your program ticket, you may arrive up to one hour prior to the start time of the program. For earlier arrival, a separate general admission ticket is recommended. Check-in opens one hour to program start time in the auditorium lobby, and seating in the auditorium opens 30 minutes prior. This is a general admission program and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Café is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Getty Store is open until the site closes. Please note that some galleries are currently closed as we reinstall the collection in a new presentation. Click here for details.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.