Mummy Beerest

FORGET THE BUD, CRACK open a Tut. Thanks to British archeologists and a Scottish brewery, you may soon be able to party like a pharaoh. Ancient Egyptians have long been known as prodigious beer drinkers, sipping brews both sociably and as medicine. Beermaking equipment has even been found in the tombs of Egyptian royalty--including King Tut's. Now, Cambridge University scientists studying hieroglyphics and wall paintings at the buried city of Armana believe they have deciphered the recipe for the Egyptian elixir, a breadbased ale flavored with anything from honey to flowers. The Scottish & Newcastle brewery hopes to tap kegs of Tut's suds by next year. Says exec Jim Merrington: "The product promises to be pretty palatable--and strong."