A Natural History of Beer
(Yale University Press, 2019)
Weaving in biology, history, and nature, the authors have researched beer’s beginnings and its evolution. From ancient Mesopotamia, to the Dark Ages, to the craft beer movement, the authors peruse the historical record and traverse the globe for engaging and often surprising stories about beer. They explain how we came to drink beer, what ingredients combine to give beers their distinctive flavors, how beer’s chemistry works at the molecular level, and how various societies have regulated the production and consumption of beer.
3:00 PM | Lewes Public Library
Rob DeSalle is a curator at the American Museum of Natural History’s Sackler Institute for Comparative Biology. Ian Tattersall is curator emeritus, American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Anthropology. They both reside in New York City and co-authored A Natural History of Wine and The Brain: Big Bangs, Behaviors, and Beliefs.