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The premise and argument of the film is that beer was the driving force for the development of agriculture at around 9000 B.C.E. From there beer was responsible for the development of cities, writing, math, business, medicine, Church attendance, trade, and modern industrialization.
The filmmakers interviewed a number of well-known experts in history, anthropology, science, and fermentation. But don't think this is some boring study or lecture into the history of modern humankind. How Beer Saved the World puts a whole lot of beer-drinking fun into learning about the rise of civilization in just 44 minutes.
Animated sequences are mixed with discussions and demonstrations from the experts and a few reenactments. The film takes us from the first accidental fermentation of barely to Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, medieval Europe, and the New World. The documentary ends with a discussion of the problems involved with sending beer into space.
I couldn't find a clip to share, but I recommend How Beer Saved the World for anyone interested in how a single industry can have far-reaching effects. The documentary is available from a number of streaming sites; just do a web search and I'm sure you'll find a source.