The Beginning of Modern Brewing

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, feudalism and Christianity take hold in Germany and most of central Europe.  There are hundreds of recorded laws in the first millenium C.E. that specifically address beer production.  The most interesting  (at least to me) is that even the great Charlemagne had laws written regarding beer production.  He was even known to drink and enjoy beer...
read more

History of the World part 2

As the Sumerian Dynasty wained and eventually assimilated with the Akkadians, a city-state called Babylon began its rise to power.  Babylon became significant under the rule of its sixth king, Hammurabi, who ruled from 1792-1750 BCE.  Hammurabi is probably best remembered from middle school history class for his system of laws, the Code of Hammurabi.  It was this set of laws that gave us rules...
read more

History of the World part 1

It’s just beer, right?  Why are the History and Discovery Channels doing specials on beer?  If you believe the History Channel, then you know that the answer is: Joking aside, the invention and subsequent influence yielded by beer helped shape civilization as we know it.   Beer dates back to early Mesopotamia and traces of it have been found in cultures all over the world.   It may...
read more

What is Beer?

The very question is heavily debated right now with different entities all trying to define, and possibly shape, the culture, process, and even volume.  There is plenty of time to debate craft versus non-craft and eventually I’ll offer my two cents, but today I am going to be completely objective. What IS beer? Beer is a fermented, malt-based alcoholic beverage; the composition of which...
read more