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Beer beverage of choice for strongest and fittest
Posted by: ferfux ()
Date: July 10, 2008 01:13PM

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George F. WIll

No beer, no civilization.

The development of civilization depended on urbanization, which depended on beer. To understand why, consult Steven Johnson's marvelous 2006 book, "The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic -- and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World." It is a great scientific detective story about how a horrific cholera outbreak was traced to a particular neighborhood pump for drinking water. And Johnson begins a mind-opening excursion into a related topic this way:

"The search for unpolluted drinking water is as old as civilization itself. As soon as there were mass human settlements, waterborne diseases like dysentery became a crucial population bottleneck. For much of human history, the solution to this chronic public-health issue was not purifying the water supply. The solution was to drink alcohol."



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Re: Beer beverage of choice for strongest and fittest
Posted by: WashingToneLocian ()
Date: July 10, 2008 01:47PM

ferfux Wrote:
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> George F. WIll
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> No beer, no civilization.
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> The development of civilization depended on
> urbanization, which depended on beer. To
> understand why, consult Steven Johnson's marvelous
> 2006 book, "The Ghost Map: The Story of London's
> Most Terrifying Epidemic -- and How It Changed
> Science, Cities, and the Modern World." It is a
> great scientific detective story about how a
> horrific cholera outbreak was traced to a
> particular neighborhood pump for drinking water.
> And Johnson begins a mind-opening excursion into a
> related topic this way:


My understanding is that the Pilgrims dropped anchor at Plymouth Rock because the Mayflower had run out of beer.

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Re: Beer beverage of choice for strongest and fittest
Posted by: RESton Peace ()
Date: July 10, 2008 04:06PM

WTL, you would be correct according to three texts I have read...

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Re: Beer beverage of choice for strongest and fittest
Posted by: WashingToneLocian ()
Date: July 10, 2008 04:17PM

Speaking of beer, what be your beer of choice? I've really been into Bass lately...


bass

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Re: Beer beverage of choice for strongest and fittest
Posted by: RESton Peace ()
Date: July 10, 2008 09:06PM

oh yeah, keep in mind "beer" in those days was watered-down to the maximum extent one could do so and still call it "beer"...I think I read 2-3% alcohol on the mayflower but I could be wrong..

I don't drink beer often enough to have a favorite. Usually I drink it at this one dude's house who likes to show off his beer knowledge, so he drags out some new beer each time and I just go, "ok then". And with a few small differences the stuff he brings out to drink all taste the same to my untrained palette.

at home, we keep various IPA's in stock, and more than a few different stouts.

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Re: Beer beverage of choice for strongest and fittest
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: July 10, 2008 09:59PM

The oldest recorded recipe known to man is a fermented grain beverage from the Sumerian civilization. ~4000 BC.

The oldest recorded food quality standard known to man is Reinheitsgebot, the German Beer Law of 1516, which is still in use today.

Beer has always been an economical way to use the excess harvest grains. It used up the surplus harvest to create a beverage that made otherwise shitty water potable and storable (bacteria and alcohol couldn't survive in beer).

IPA's? The Brits developed that so they could carry beer to India, hence the name. It was higher in alcohol content and heavily hopped, and could survive the long ship rides to their colonies in India.

The history of beer is pretty amazing.

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Re: Beer beverage of choice for strongest and fittest
Posted by: Lurker. ()
Date: July 11, 2008 01:38AM

Mmm... beeeer..
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Re: Beer beverage of choice for strongest and fittest
Posted by: WashingToneLocian ()
Date: July 11, 2008 10:52PM

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
- Benjamin Franklin

He was a wise man who invented beer.
- Plato

You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.
- Frank Zappa

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Re: Beer beverage of choice for strongest and fittest
Posted by: The Neighbor ()
Date: July 12, 2008 02:04AM

WashingToneLocian Wrote:
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> Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be
> happy.
> - Benjamin Franklin
>
> He was a wise man who invented beer.
> - Plato
>
> You can't be a real country unless you have a beer
> and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of
> a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at
> the very least you need a beer.
> - Frank Zappa

"Beer gives me enough courage to beat my wife and kids!"
- WashingToneLocian

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Re: Beer beverage of choice for strongest and fittest
Posted by: WashingToneLocian ()
Date: July 12, 2008 05:56PM

The Neighbor Wrote:
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> "Beer gives me enough courage to beat my wife and
> kids!"
> - WashingToneLocian


Don't worry. I can do that without the beer.

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