An ale introduced at a New York craft beer festival this month comes with an intriguing backstory — brewed from yeast in beer that went down on a doomed steamship and languished on the ocean floor for 131 years.

Long Island brewer Jamie Adams created Deep Ascent ale using yeast from bottles salvaged from the SS Oregon, an England-to-New York luxury liner that sank off Fire Island in 1886.

Adams recovered the bottles in 2017 and cultured the yeast in test tubes. He then spent the next two years brewing test batches.

This March 4, 2019, photo shows yeast culture from beer bottles recovered from the shipwreck of the SS Oregon, at the St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
This March 4, 2019, photo shows yeast culture from beer bottles recovered from the shipwreck of the SS Oregon, at the St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

What resulted was a brew with a slightly fruity taste and hoppy finish. Adams said his aim was to recreate what it would have been like to drink a beer on the ship in 1886.

This March 4, 2019, photo shows beer bottles recovered from the shipwreck of the SS Oregon, at the St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
This March 4, 2019, photo shows beer bottles recovered from the shipwreck of the SS Oregon, at the St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this March 4, 2019, photo, brewery founder Jamie Adams, right, and John Condzella bottle a batch of their Dubbel beer at the St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this March 4, 2019, photo, brewery founder Jamie Adams, right, and John Condzella bottle a batch of their Dubbel beer at the St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this March 4, 2019, photo, Jamie Adams shows a yeast culture from beer bottles recovered from the shipwreck of the SS Oregon at his St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this March 4, 2019, photo, Jamie Adams shows a yeast culture from beer bottles recovered from the shipwreck of the SS Oregon at his St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this March 9, 2019 photo, Jamie Adams, left, hands out a sample of his new ale called
In this March 9, 2019 photo, Jamie Adams, left, hands out a sample of his new ale called “Deep Ascent” at the New York State Craft Brewers Festival in Albany, N. (AP Photo/Mary Esch)
This 2017 photo provided by Tom McCarthy shows a diver exploring the wreck of the SS Oregon off the coast of Long Island in New York. (Tom McCarthy/East Coast Wreck Diving via AP)
This 2017 photo provided by Tom McCarthy shows a diver exploring the wreck of the SS Oregon off the coast of Long Island in New York. (Tom McCarthy/East Coast Wreck Diving via AP)
In this March 4, 2019, photo, Jamie Adams and his wife Rachel Adams look at an image of a banner for their new beer, Deep Ascent, at their St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this March 4, 2019, photo, Jamie Adams and his wife Rachel Adams look at an image of a banner for their new beer, Deep Ascent, at their St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this March 4, 2019, photo, Jamie Adams displays a bottle of beer recovered from the shipwreck of the SS Oregon at his St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this March 4, 2019, photo, Jamie Adams displays a bottle of beer recovered from the shipwreck of the SS Oregon at his St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
This March 4, 2019, photo shows Deep Ascent, an ale that was brewed using some yeast from beer bottles recovered from the shipwreck of the SS Oregon at the St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
This March 4, 2019, photo shows Deep Ascent, an ale that was brewed using some yeast from beer bottles recovered from the shipwreck of the SS Oregon at the St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
This March 4, 2019, photo shows a porthole recovered from the SS Oregon, a Liverpool-to-New York luxury liner that sank off Fire Island in 1886, at St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
This March 4, 2019, photo shows a porthole recovered from the SS Oregon, a Liverpool-to-New York luxury liner that sank off Fire Island in 1886, at St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
This 2017 photo provided by Tom McCarthy shows a diver exploring the wreck of the SS Oregon off the coast of Long Island in New York. (Tom McCarthy/East Coast Wreck Diving via AP)
This 2017 photo provided by Tom McCarthy shows a diver exploring the wreck of the SS Oregon off the coast of Long Island in New York. (Tom McCarthy/East Coast Wreck Diving via AP)
In this March 4, 2019, photo, brewery founder Jamie Adams, right, and John Condzella, left, bottle a batch of their Dubbel beer at the St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this March 4, 2019, photo, brewery founder Jamie Adams, right, and John Condzella, left, bottle a batch of their Dubbel beer at the St. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Long Island brewer Jamie Adams created his new Deep Ascent ale using yeast from bottles he and fellow divers salvaged from the SS Oregon, a Liverpool-to-New York luxury liner that sank off the coast of New York in 1886. (March 15)
Long Island brewer Jamie Adams created his new Deep Ascent ale using yeast from bottles he and fellow divers salvaged from the SS Oregon, a Liverpool-to-New York luxury liner that sank off the coast of New York in 1886. (March 15)
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