In addition to a lovely collection of bottles of this and that, my Christmas beer haul included some great books on beer and brewing that I've slowly begun poring over. One tome that I got a good start on before loaning it to an archaeologically-minded friend was Patrick McGovern's Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer and Other Alcoholic Beverages, which I'm sure will prove to be a fascinating look at the history of humanity's obsession with booze. McGovern is a world-renowned expert on both the history ancient beverages and the science behind discovering them (according to his website, he has been called the "Indiana Jones of Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages," a glorious title that immediately grabbed my attentions). His 2009 volume explores the myriad ways in which humanity began to discover the art of brewing, beginning with the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Greece, China and Egypt. No sooner did I began reading his book that a new discovery regarding the history of alcoholic beverages made headlines in newspapers around the world. Fancy that. I know it's not about beer, but at Matt's Beer Den, we support the history of all alcoholic beverages.
|Apparently the Areni-1 4952 BCE Oak-Aged Pinot Noir |
goes great with tilapia and spinach.
|Eberdingen-Hochdorf's Celtic Stag IPA exhibited |
subtle notes of citrus, pine bark, sourdough bread
and animistic polytheism.