This past Sunday, NPR’s radio show The Splendid Table included Dr. Pat McGovern talking about King Midas’ funerary beer (a modern adaptation is Midas Touch by Dogfish Head). You can listen to it, download it, or subscribe to it from the show’s website. Dr. McGovern talks about his book, Uncorking the Past, which I often cite in my historical writing. OK, to be a complete geek, I have to point out that we’re not 100% sure whether the tomb is Midas’ or his father’s, King Gordios. At least we think Gordios was king – things get a bit shadowy there. Gordios is by legend responsible for the famous Gordian knot, famously solved by Alexander of Macedon. But if all of that doesn’t make you want to try Midas Touch, think of saffron and honey beer. There, that did it, didn’t it?