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.).
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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 farmer carries farming tools to her sorghum field in the arid Turkana County, northern Kenya.
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A consistent, predictable and friendly policy environment can attract private sector investments in agriculture to drive transformation.
Honey-alcohol fermentation experiment with chopped “moerwortel” plant additive, Glia prolifera.
Until now the search for early evidence of alcohol has fixated on residue analysis.
These foods are all dependent on microorganisms for their distinctive flavor.
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?
The practices and values of craftsmanship correspond well with the requirements for a sustainable economy. But they're threatened by industry.
Statistics has Guinness to thank for the Student’s t-test.
A statistical method widely used today by scientists and others is all thanks to a statistician at a Guinness brewery whose work was published anonymously more than a century ago.
Craft brewing is a small segment but growing incredibly fast.
Craft beer is exploding in popularity, but it's big corporations that are taking the bulk of the market.
What can you do to ensure a more perfect brew?
The science behind why what your barista achieves at the cafe tastes better than what you can come up with at home.
Independent brewer joins the long list of small counter-culture firms that sold us revolution and walked away wealthy.
All the talk about a golden time for UK exporters forgets one crucial point.
Long live the king?
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It may be the world's largest beer maker, but Anheuser-Busch's days may be numbered thanks to the rapid rise of craft brewing and a little thing called disruption.
Can the two biggest beer makers combine to stem the trend in craft brewing?
AB InBev's expected bid for SABMiller continues a trend of industry consolidation at the top, but the strong growth in craft brewing is challenging that strategy.
The humble spread gets caught up in the home brew debate.
Vegemite has been used for many things over the years. But claims it was used to brew alcohol in dry Indigenous communities had many asking if that was even possible.
Scientists have solved the mystery of why some German beers have higher levels of arsenic than others. The researchers found…
Line ‘em up: boutique beers could fall if SABMiller’s takeover attempt of Foster’s succeeds.
It’s difficult to believe that the iconic Foster’s beer brands, which include VB, Crown Lager and Cascade, could be next to fall into the hands of foreign owners. If they do, this will mean that over half…