Category: The Taproom

The Taproom: Dotan Halevy

“Gaza’s Happy Hour? When Late Ottoman Palestine Met the Victorian Drinking Culture” By Dotan Halevy If we could travel back in time to the town of Gaza in March 1886, we would probably be joining a large crowd gathered on the beach to catch…

The Taproom: Shen Hou

“German Beer and the Making of a New China” By Shen Hou The first commercial filmed in China was a 1947 effort to sell Tsingtao Beer, one of the world’s most famous brands. “Tsingtao” is an older spelling of the name “Qingdao,” the city…

The Taproom: Richard W. Unger

“The Brewing Boom of the Middle Ages” By Richard W. Unger Until 1200, beer brewing in Europe was largely a small-scale affair. Hops soon changed that. Based on practices in Bremen and other ports along the North Sea coast of Germany, a seemingly minor…

The Taproom: Robert Terrell

“The Reinheitsgebot: Between German Consumer Culture and the European Market” By Robert Terrell On 15 July, 1987, West German federal president Richard von Weizsäcker received a letter from one Andreas Z., which began: “Much has been written about the Reinheitsgebot lately.” Indeed, recent press…

The Taproom: Malcolm F. Purinton

“Empire in a Bottle: Tales of a Beer Historian” By Malcolm F. Purinton “Why don’t you write your literature review about alcohol?” my African colonialism professor asked me during my master’s degree. “I can do that?!” I replied. The possibility of researching and writing…

The Taproom: Jeffrey Pilcher

“The Global Invention of Lager Beer” By Jeffrey Pilcher “Around the World in 80 Beers.” It’s an arresting image of the globalization of beer. This map on the PureTravel website depicts each country according to its bestselling or iconic national brand: from Budweiser in…

The Taproom: Susan Gauss

“Un trago amargo—A Bitter Drink: Beer, Water, and Globalization” By Susan Gauss A truck drives down the street in Zaragoza, Coahuila, its loudspeaker reminding residents to conserve water or face fines. Local farmers also feel the pain, as they scale back planting due to…

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“Everyone’s Favorite Topic: Beer and the Rest of the World” By Pavla Šimková When I started doing research in beer history, I had no idea what I was getting into. I doubt there is a beer pun in the world I haven’t heard yet. People…