Oct 21 2008 11:46 am

X100 History of Beer Tuesday: Pre-Industrial Europe

It's been a long time since we did any history of beer and brewing on Tuesday so here is the next lecture.  This begins one of my favorite units in the course: pre-industrial brewing in Europe.  In this lecture I set the stage by describing the state of brewing in Europe in the late first millennium AD.  This draws heavily on work of Richard Unger from his book Beer in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (link to Google books).  Then I discuss the rise of hopped beer and the development of hopped beer brewing on the continent and its journey across the channel from the low countries into England in the beginning of the 15th century.  Judith Bennett, in her book Ale, Beer, and Brewsters: Women’s Work in a Changing World 1300-1600 (link to Google books), does some very interesting work in tracing hopped beer’s spread into and around England and particularly the effects it had on women in that country.  Really cool book.  There are some discussion questions in this lecture as well which I then go on to answer later in the lecture.


The course is sort of organized around a couple key technological innovations throughout the history of brewing.  The development of hopped beer brewing is one of them.  so pay attention.  This shit will be on final yo.

Lecture #5

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