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Origin And History of Beer And Brewing From Prehistoric Times to the Beginning of Brewing Science And Technology
By John P. Arnold

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Publisher: Alumni Assn. of the Wahl-Henius Institute, 1911. Reprint Edition,, 2005.
Hard Cover, 411 pages, 6.25 x 9.25.
Item #1298

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Here is a hard cover, fully-illustrated reprint edition of one of the truly classic brewing books -- Origin and History of Beer and Brewing. In 1911, brewing scholar John P. Arnold set out to fill a void that existed in brewing literature. It was to be a tribute to the founders of the world-famous Chicago brewing school, the Wahl-Henius Institute of Fermentology, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

Up to that point, there had been no comprehensive study of the brewing of beer throughout history. Arnold, a writer and historian, was particularly well-suited to tackle the collossal job of assembling a global history of brewing. He was a former student of the Wahl-Henius Institute and a long-time writer/editor for the brewing journals Der Braumeister and Siebel Technical Review.

In recognition of Arnold's contribution to the study of brewing history, has reprinted Origin and History's pages exactly as they appeared in the first edition, complete with nearly 100 illustrations. An original 1911 copy was digitally scanned, professionally enhanced and reproduced in a hard cover format.

In his foreword, Arnold gave some sense of the daunting challenge that this book represented: "The historian must strive to penetrate into the daily doings and occupations of the people...He must settle down with them, help them brew the honey-mead, watch them till their fields and sow their millet, barley, oats, or spelt, bake their bread and from it learn to make their beer...he must join them at their gatherings, clannish meetings and convivial feasts, when they discuss their common affairs over a stoup of ale or a tankard of foaming beer...He must be able to picture for himself the days of the tavern and the tap-room, the 'Golden Age' of drinking and feasting...Then, and not until then, will we learn and understand the true history of beer and brewing from the early beginning to the present day."

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That Arnold achieved this lofty goal is shown by the simple fact that, nearly a century later, the Origin and History of Beer and Brewing remains a cornerstone work in brewing literature. If that's not evidence enough, just take a quick glance at the amazing Table of Contents below:


Chapter 1: Man, Religion and Intoxicants
   The Spiritual World of Prehistoric and Early Mankind
   Worship and Sacrificial Cult
   Man and Gods
   Incantations, Ceremonial Dances, Incense
   Intoxicating Beverages
   Ancient Chinese
   Ancient Aryans
   The Soma-Cult
   Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 2: Asia and Africa
   Oriental and African Races
   The Ancients Aryans
   Ancient China
   Babylonia and Assyria
   Beer the National Egyptian Beverage
   Beer in Religious Worship
   Beer of the Fellahin
   Papyrus Zosimus
   Brewing Methods
   The Egyptian Beers
   African Races

Chapter 3: Prehistoric and Ancient Europe
   Keltic Names for Beer and Malt
   Character and Customs of the Germanics
   Religion and Mythology
   Beer in the Mythological Heaven of the Germanic Norse
   The Slavs

Chapter 4: Medieval and Modern Europe
   Beer and Brewing in Germany
   The Period of Migrations
   Beginning of the Christian Era
   Beer and Brewing in the Beginning of Christianization
   Brewing in the Convents
   Northern Convivial Feasts and Banquets
   Introduction of Hops
   Gruit Contra Hops
   Origin of Hops and Hopped Beers
   Brewing in the Towns
   Rise and Decline of the Brewing Industry in the Chief Hansa Towns
   Brewing in the Leading Towns of Southern Germany
   Brewing Conditions in Prussia in the 17th and 18th Century
   Beer and Brewing in Austria
   Brewing in Bohemia
   The Stein-Beer of Carinthia
   Beer and Brewing in England
   Ale, Beer and Mead
   The Anglo-Saxon Beor
   Taxes and Tributes
   Brewing and Malting
   Treatise of Walter Biblesworth
   Statues of the Brewers of Paris
   Domestic Brewing
   When were hops first used in England?
   Hops in the 8th Century
   Beer and Hops
   Hops Prohibited for Ale
   Hop Culture

Chapter 5: United States
   Discovery and Settlement
   Brewing in the Different Colonies
   Brewing Industry After the Adoption of the Constitution
   Brewing Practice at the End of the 18th Century

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