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A Beer History: A Day at a Time through the Year
by Gregg Smith, Ph.D.
When you take that first pleasing sip of your favorite brew, do you ever wonder where it came from? Not who made it or where it was bottled, but where and how beer itself was born. You might think of German or British brewers, but A Beer History: A Day at a Time through the Year takes you back to beer’s earliest beginnings—ancient Sumeria, some four to six thousand years ago.
Did you know…
* As Noah made preparations for the ark, beer was there; Assyrian tablets show that he took ale aboard to sustain his family.
* Sophocles wrote that a balanced diet should include bread, meat, vegetables, and a daily beer.
* March 1, 1916: Pabst seemed to predict prohibition with the release of its non-alcoholic near-beer, Pablo.
* April 7, 1933: Budweiser Clydesdales made their first promotional appearance.
* July 28, 2003: Merriam-Webster dictionary would include the term “longneck.”
Learn more facts like these, from the mundane (January 10, 1935: first beer can introduced) to the fantastic (December 28, 2001: Fort Myers, FL, neighborhood menaced by beer-guzzling raccoons), in this unique handbook. Read it like a traditional book, for fast facts, or as a day-at-a-time history. Each chapter presents a month’s worth of beer data, day by day, and so much more.
With its wealth of trivia on licensing, taxes, breweries, founders and namesakes, and innovations, A Beer History is a perfect tool for entertainment and enlightenment, showing the prominent role played, throughout the ages and across cultures, by our favorite brew.