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Beer in the Middle Ages and the Rennaissance [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

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The beer of today—brewed from malted grain and hops, manufactured by large and often multinational corporations, frequently associated with young adults, sports, and drunkenness—is largely the result of scientific and industrial developments of the nineteenth century. Modern beer, however, has little in common with the drink that carried that name through the Middle Ages a ...more
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Published November 12th 2010 by University Press Audiobooks (first published 2004)
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Karen Brooks
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're at all interested in the history of ale, beer and brewing, specifically as it developed in Europe and England from roughly the 1200s through the 1600s, then this book is for you. Richard Unger delivers a well-researched but very easy to read book full of facts and some suppositions about the changing nature of one of the most important drinks in human history and how it altered from being a domestic product, replete with all sorts of medicinal wonders, to a heavily commercialised one t ...more
Richard Gombert
May 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beer, 2014
An informative book.
I learned much about the history of taxes and beer.
However the major flaw is the author tries to talk knowledgeably abotu beer and fails. He constantly misuses the word quality when referencing beer. In his mind (obviously he is not a very knowledgeable beer drinker) the quality of Middle Age and Renaissance beer equates with it's alcohol level. He higher the alcohol, the better the beer.
He is capable of using the word quality correctly to describe the properties of other ite
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Blanca
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A repository of numbers. Good for citing specific data, although I can't possibly source check the material since most of the archival sources come from England, Germany and the Netherlands. Mainly about beer consumption in Northern Europe and England. It was a bit hard to follow since it is not broken up chronologically. Again, if one day you need, NEED, the number of liters drank by the average Northern European, then this book is for you. It's just taxes, economy, nothing really about the cul ...more
Redsteve
This is absolutely the driest book on alcohol that I have ever read. That being said, it is interesting and contains a lot of information that I was previously unaware of, including the existence of gruit, an additive to beer in the Middle Ages so common that systems of taxation were built around it. This book deals mainly with the economics of beer brewing and selling during these periods, including production, trade, taxation, and regulation. I give it a 2 for readability but a 3 for informati ...more
Joshua
More than you probably wanted to know about the rise of hopped beer (in contrast to traditional ales), brewery guild structure, the 'international" beer trade, and the market competition between beer and wine. Enjoyable read for a scholarly text.
Mouldy Squid
May 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
A bit dry but full of interesting facts, details and specifics of brewing, consumption and sale of beer. If you are familiar with reading academic works this book will be engrossing.
Daphne
Apr 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-audio, quest
Yawn. So, so yawn.
Mo
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cicerone-study
Unique and interesting perspective on the history of beer, using economics and government legislation to explain changes in use of ingredients, styles, strengths and the import/export of beer.
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