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A Documentary About Beer

By William Brand
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006 at 4:09 pm in Uncategorized.

If you’re into beer, the History Channel’s repeating an interesting program on the history of brewing tomorrow night, Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. PDT and 9 p.m. EDT.

Here’s a blurb from the History Channel:

“It’s one of the world’s oldest and most beloved beverages–revered by Pharaohs and brewed by America’s Founding Fathers. Today, brewing the bitter elixir is a multi-billion-dollar global industry. Join us for an invigorating look at brewing’s history from prehistoric times to today’s cutting-edge craft breweries, focusing on its gradually evolving technologies and breakthroughs.

“We’ll find the earliest known traces of brewing, which sprang up independently in such far-flung places as ancient Sumeria, China, and Finland; examine the surprising importance that beer held in the daily and ceremonial life of ancient Egypt; and at Delaware’s Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, an adventurous anthropologist and a cutting-edge brewer show us the beer they’ve concocted based on 2,700-year-old DNA found in drinking vessels from the funerary of the legendary King Midas.”

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