Episode 189: Intoxication & Civilization: Beer's Ancient Past
Solid Comfort, 1906. A man enjoys a cigar and a bottle of Schlitz. Library of Congress.
This show takes on the frothy subject of beer, and explores the science, culture, and history behind the suds.
"Intoxication and Civilization: Beer’s Ancient Past" features beer and wine archaeologist Patrick E. McGovern and chemist, professor, and home brewer Roger Barth.
Our guests discuss the science behind beer, how modern craft breweries can help us understand ancient beers, and how technology has allowed us to drink like an ancient king. They also discuss the spiritual side of beer and the role beer has played in human evolution.
00:57 Bob and Michal go to beer school
07:12 The Big Bang of beer
10:20 The cultural side of beer
14:25 Watch the full webcast on Vimeo
14:53 Did beer help us become chemists?
17:00 How technology helped us drink like an ancient king
21:39 Communal beer
25:36 Beer and the Industrial Revolution
28:28 Spirituality and beer
Hosts: Michal Meyer and Bob Kenworthy
Producer: Mariel Carr
Guests: Patrick E. McGovern and Roger Barth
"Take Me Higher," Jahzzar
"Green Lights," Jahzzar
"Bill Pickett," Robodub
"Portasound Dub" Robodub
"Watch the Road Bub," All Urban Outfield
"Seconde Introspection," Horten V3
"Devil with the Devil," The Underscore Orkestra
"Foods that start with Q," All Urban Outfield
"The Plaintive Heating Griddle," Ergo Phizmiz
"Sunny Day," The Rabbits
"Nia," Dubh Thrian
"Sonstiges," Podington Bear
All songs from freemusicarchive.org
Links to show content:
VIDEO: Behind the scenes at Dogfish Head Brewery
VIDEO from NPR: Glimpse the History of Life in a Beer