International Beer Day

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According to archaeologists man has been brewing beer for at least seven thousand years. In Europe during the Middle Ages the common person drank beer instead of water because the brewing process destroyed bacteria that often contaminated the drinking water.

So, on August 1, 2014 celebrate one of mankind’s earliest technological achievements for International Beer Day.

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If you’re interested in brewing your own, Charles Bamforth’s Beer: Tap into the Art and Science of Brewing might prove useful.

Or start with the basics with Beer for Dummies.

Learn more about the development of Idaho’s breweries with Steven Koonce’s Idaho Beer: From Grain to Glass in the Gem State.

And, if you think you might want to start your own brewery, get some insight from Dogfish Head’s founder, Sam Calagione.

Terry Madden, Elizabeth Ramsey

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