History Stories
How Oktoberfest Became the World’s Preeminent Beer Festival
September 14, 2015

Prost! Grab a cold one and get the history behind Munich’s annual extravaganza. Read More

Ancient Egyptian Brewery Unearthed in Israel
March 30, 2015

Shards of Egyptian-style ceramic vessels used to brew beer some 5,000 years ago have been discovered buried under a construction site in the heart of Tel Aviv. Read More

The London Beer Flood
October 17, 2014

On October 17, 1814, a brewery accident unleashed a deadly tidal wave of beer through a London neighborhood in one of history’s strangest disasters. Read More

Did Beer Spur the Rise of Agriculture and Politics?
February 6, 2012

The earliest farmers planted grains in order to brew beer for politically expedient feasts, according to a new study. Read More

Did Jamestown’s Settlers Drink Themselves to Death?
October 17, 2011

Geologists are investigating whether tainted drinking water killed most of Jamestown’s colonists during the “starving time” of 1609-1610. Read More

Lager: Patagonian for Beer?
August 22, 2011

Lager was born when a South American yeast species arrived in Bavaria in the 15th century, says a new study. Read More

Beer from 19th-Century Shipwreck May Be Brewed Again
January 24, 2011

Finnish researchers hope to crack the recipe of 200-year-old beer found in a Baltic shipwreck and recreate it for today's drinkers. Read More