15 February 2014

Weekend Cooking: How Beer Saved the World (Film)

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How Beer Saved the World: Discovery ChannelIn the name of doing research for an up-coming book review for Weekend Cooking, I took the time to see an interesting, yet light documentary film, How Beer Saved the World, produced by Beyond Productions (an Australian company) for the Discovery Channel.

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.

Stills; How Beer Saved the WorldAnimated 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.


jama 2/15/14, 6:26 AM  

Thanks for the heads up! I know so little about the beer industry that it will be interesting to learn about. :)
Happy Holiday Weekend!

Marg 2/15/14, 6:44 AM  

An Aussie company making a film about beer? How surprising! lol

Tina 2/15/14, 7:04 AM  

That is going straight onto my library list for reservation, sounds v interesting. I like how they used a Monty Python styling with the title.

Anonymous,  2/15/14, 7:15 AM  

This sounds fascinating!

bermudaonion 2/15/14, 8:52 AM  

That does sound good. I've read that beer was so important to the colonist that one of the first thing they did was build a brewhouse.

(Diane) bookchickdi 2/15/14, 9:04 AM  

My sons are always trying to tell me how good beer is for us. Wait til I show them this!

Nan 2/15/14, 10:44 AM  

I added it to my Netflix instant queue. Thanks! I so wish I liked the taste of beer. There are so many cool looking labels out there. :<)

Beth S. 2/15/14, 11:04 AM  

I'm intrigued by this topic. I'll definitely have to check it out.

Sheila (Bookjourney) 2/15/14, 11:09 AM  

I would like to read this one!

Anonymous,  2/15/14, 11:30 AM  

I'll have to look this documentary up. It sounds interesting!

SuziQoregon 2/15/14, 11:39 AM  

We are so watching this tonight

Laurie C 2/15/14, 3:45 PM  

This sounds like a good one to add to the library collection!

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity 2/15/14, 4:01 PM  

Well THANK YOU BEER! LOL! We're actually not big beer drinkers but we did have some fun at the Guinness factory in Dublin two falls ago. And enjoyed a pint...because when in Dublin... But I do find the evolution and popularity of beer fascinating.

Cecelia 2/16/14, 10:39 AM  

Interesting! I know some beer drinkers who'd likely love to see a short documentary that supports their passion (and elevates its importance!). I've noticed a rise in monographs about a particular food (salt, cod, etc.) - it's natural I suppose that the focus would make its way to video (and alcohol!).

Peaceful Reader 2/16/14, 10:59 AM  

My husband would love to watch this. We can have a craft beer and watch it together!

Tanya @ Moms Small Victories 2/16/14, 1:42 PM  

This sounds like a movie my hubby would enjoy. While I track the books I read on Goodreads, he tracks the different beers he tries on the Untapped app. He had me beat last year by about 10 beers but I'll get him this year.

I am finally linking up and started back my Small Victories Sunday link which is my cooking and reading recap too. hope you'll stop by and link up to 3 of your posts!


Melynda@Scratch Made Food! 2/16/14, 2:05 PM  

Sharing simple sourdough pancakes,thanks for hosting.

Melissa (Avid Reader) 2/18/14, 9:56 PM  

This sounds really good! I love a good documentary and the history if beer is fascinating.

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