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The study of the past as it is described in written documents.

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Who invented beer and when? [duplicate]

It is known who invented the beer? And when was beer invented? Links: History of Beer at Wikipedia When was the first beer ever brewed?
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“Green Schlitz” myth: Was the beer green, or the flakes?

I am editing an academic economics paper (I'm a grad student), and I ran across the following line: Schlitz changed preservatives, which led to green flakes in the beer. The paper references an ...
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What is the definition of Beer or the Beer “family” of drinks

I was picked up by someone on another SE site (unrelated) when I used the phrase "Some beers, like mead...(blah blah)" - Apparently a mead isn't a beer. I'm good with that in the pedantic sense that ...
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'X' marks to indicate quality?

The iconic mass-produced lager in Queensland, Australia, is XXXX (pronounced FourEx). On their label, they tell a story about how historically beers were marked with a number of Xs to indicate their ...
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What is the difference between Trappist beer and Abbey Beer?

Abbaye Bier (Abbey Beer) refer to monastic beer brewed by monks. And there is almost Trappist beer brewed by monks but specifically from Trappist monasteries. But what is the difference in terms of ...
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Why is it a Ginger “Beer” and not a Ginger “Cider”?

It seems that Ginger Beer has no barley, no hops, no wort, no malted anything; so why is it a "beer"? Seems like it is closer to a cider.
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When and where did shandies first become popular and why do they get such a bad reputation?

I was recently at a local craft beer festival and I tried a few shandies (my favorite was Time Traveler) and now I'm starting to get into them as well. But I've heard mixed things about their history. ...
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What is the strongest beer?

I've always wondered what the strongest beer in the world is and how would taste. Are there reliable historical records of a very strong beer? What would be the highest % alcohol that's Brewable for ...
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What are the true origins of the yard of ale?

From here, though they do not cite their source: The origins of the yard of ale date back to the early 17th century, during the reign of King James I (1603-1625). Glass-making in England was then ...
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ABV of small beer?

I understand that a much weaker version of beer, called 'small beer', was historically drunk as a safe way to drink liquid. This was at a time when drinking plain water might well have made you sick, ...
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How did South Australia come to have smaller measures of beer?

The "Beer in Australia" article on Wikipedia, includes a table listing the names for various size glasses in the different states. One peculiarity is that some South Australian glasses are one size ...
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Why is beer regulated differently than other types of alcohol?

In the US there are tons of rules about alcohol that vary widely from state to state and at the federal level. For example you can brew your own beer in most states but you have to have a license for ...
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Who was Michael Jackson?

Not referring to the internationally famous pop icon, of course. I have heard beer aficionados talk about someone named Michael Jackson, and it's clear that be played an important part in the modern ...
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How was beer brewed before the discovery of Yeast?

Yeast was identified as the cause of fermentation in the 1800s, but beer has been around since long before then. How was fermentation started before the intentional introduction of yeast? Was it all ...
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Why do steins have lids?

What's the point of the lid on the beer stein?
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Why is Guiness so prolific in South-East Asia?

One thing I have noticed around South-East Asia is that the primary affordable dark beer is Guiness. This appears to be due to high beer tariffs and the fact that Guiness has breweries all over (for ...
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What type of beer should be used in making Beer Soup (Polewka Piwna)

I've seen quite a few recipes for this old Polish soup based on beer, egg, cheese and some other ingredients but all of them call for "beer" or at best "light beer". I don't doubt most make a rather ...
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Did everyone drink beer in the middle ages?

I've heard that in the middle ages the water was so bad that everyone drank beer or wine. Is that true? Did pregnant women and small children also drink beer?
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When in the history of serving beer did it transition from a warm beverage to a cold one?

I know that there may be some debate raging over this today, depending on what side of the Atlantic one is on, but there seems to be a clear point in history when beer went from being enjoyed warm to ...
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What uses do hops have outside of brewing?

Do hops have (or had in the past) any use outside of brewing beer? I mean: In the question of dating first modern beers we have the first record of cultivating hops predating the first record of use ...
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What is “gruit?” Why aren't there many beers on the market containing it?

I have heard of something called 'gruit' which seems to sometimes be used in brewing beer. What is it? Why are there very few beers on the market containing gruit? What are some of the more popular ...
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First known/recognized brewery?

What's the name of the first known/recognized brewery that produced beer (that would be recognized as beer also today)?
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Why is it called “porter”?

Stouts are stout, Pale Ales use pale malt, but where did the name porter come from?
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When was the first beer ever brewed?

As far as we know, when did humans first brew beer, and where? Around when would you have been able to get your hands on something resembling a modern lager?

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