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Cylinder seal (left) and modern impression (right) showing two people drinking beer through long straws. Khafajeh, Iraq (Early Dynastic period, c. 2600–2350 B.C.). Courtesy of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

Brewing Mesopotamian beer brings a sip of this vibrant ancient drinking culture back to life

Beer was extremely popular in ancient Mesopotamia. Sipped through straws, it differed from today’s beer and was enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
A tapster delivers a frothing tankard to seated alehouse customers in this 1824 etching. British Museum

Coronavirus is taking English pubs back in time

The traditional English pub where customers stand at the bar to be served is actually a fairly modern addition.
A Zulu household, from an 1895 book called The Colony of Natal: An Official Illustrated Handbook and Railway Guide. J Causton and Sons /University of California Libraries/ Flickr

The long moral shadows cast by South Africa’s colonial history

A new history book shows how entanglements of race, gender, class and sexuality in South Africa flow from the moral contradictions of the settler colonial state.
These foods are all dependent on microorganisms for their distinctive flavor. margouillat photo/Shutterstock.com

Thank fungi for cheese, wine and beer this holiday season

Bread. Yeast. Wine. Cheese. All these delicious foods are courtesy of various forms of domesticated fungi. So how, exactly, did humans tame wild fungi into the cooperative species that make our food?
Ultimately, just as in pregnancy, there is no known safe level of alcohol consumption while breastfeeding. (Shutterstock)

Is it safe to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

Does beer help a new mother's milk come in? Does 'pumping and dumping' allow you to drink and breast-feed? A doctor sorts the evidence from the myth.
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Is beer good for you?

A nutritionist fact checks the claimed health benefits of beer. It may reduce the risk of heart disease but you'd be much better off getting these benefits from other foods.

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