Here are the main points I took from Chapter One of Randy Mosher’s Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink.
Chapter One – The Story of Beer
- Beer was essential for survival because it was a cheap source of drinkable water
- Nomadic people in the Middle East started growing barley about 10000 BCE
- Beer was well established by 3000 BCE
- Sumerians and Egyptians really enjoyed beer
- Around 1000 CE hopped beers were founded in Germany
- Hopped beers caught on because they allowed beers to stay fresher longer
- By 1600 all English beers had some level of hops
- Popularity of porters and pale ales grew in Britain
- Pilsners were invented in Germany in 1842
- Belgian beers use a lot of spices and herbs because they weren’t bound to purity laws like German beers
- Beer wasn’t that successful in North America after the Europeans started to settle because the climate couldn’t easily grow ingredients
- Spirits became very popular in the United States
- Prohibition and the soda industry hurt the beer industry in the US
- Michael Jackson publish the World Beer Guide in 1977
- Homebrewing began to pick up popularity and the craft beer revolution had started to gain momentum by the early 1990s
Give this book a read and support the author. There’s a lot I left out. Be on the lookout for chapter two coming soon!
Are there any good beer books you’ve read recently?