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Humans Wasted Over 9 Million Years Not Making Booze

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that our human ancestors first gained the ability to consume alcohol roughly 10 million years ago.  That’s when genetic changes made it possible for our primate forebearers to properly digest ethanol, that silly psychoactive substance we call alcohol. 

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Did the Craft Beer Bubble Burst (in 1997)?

Sometimes I forget that there was life in the craft beer universe before the late 1990’s, when breweries like Stone, Dogfish Head and Russian River crawled out of the primordial wort.  But there was, and after coming across a nice piece at AllAboutBeer.com written by “Beer Curmudgeon” Harry Schuhmacher, I realize that the “craft beer […]

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Samuel Adams and the World’s First Whiskey Barrel Aged Beer

I was chatting with Samuel Adams founder Jim Koch not to long ago for a Today Show piece I was writing (double name-drop in a single sentence – woot!). Jim likes to talk, as do I, and our conversation wandered away from topic at hand and into some of the innovations he and his brewers […]

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Here Comes the Science: You Exist Because of Beer

It turns out that you’re not the first person who would go out of their way for a beer. According to LiveScience.com, archaeologists suggest that the quest for grains with which to brew drove early man into neighboring territories, and that beer was an important social lubricant, taking the anxiety out of early meetings between […]

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Welcome to the Golden Age of Craft Beer

I posted a ranking of the top 50 breweries in the US yesterday, and @scooteronomy asked if I could come up with hard figures about sales and beer production.  I tried and failed, but in that attempt I came across the gem above.  It shows the number of breweries in the US over the past […]

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