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The Barbarian's Beverage by Max Nelson
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Mar 20, 10

bookshelves: ay09-10, booze
Read in March, 2010

Interesting expose of greco-roman class bias against beer and beer drinkers. Not just due to its "foreignness" but also to the medical/scientific theories of the classical era. (Using the word "beer" in the loose sense that the author does, referring to fermented grain beverages in general. Yes, I know, in later days the distinction is that "beer" is hopped (as opposed to ale), but that would be anachronistic, since there was apparently no widespread use of hops in the beverages that were consumed then.)

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