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lots of history and current information about beer and the community of beer and craft beer. I am not big on some of the ecology but still worth the listen.
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It was clear to me from the description that author had a distinct point of view and possibly even a political bias, all of which I was fine with, in my curiosity about this history of this fine beverage. However, I was quite disappointed that the author cherry-picked facts to fit his view of the world.
He used many pages to root beer consumption in religion, yet he seems not to have gone to much effort to understand the various religions and so distorts them, and thus the role of beer within them. For instance, he claims that because Jesus used wine (which he really suspects to have been beer, despite the complete lack of similarity with blood) at the Last Supper, that he was claiming that beer was somehow sacred or holy -- a claim that no major Christian tradition claims. Moreover, he reports that the disciples were drunk at Pentecost, when the point of the story is exactly opposite.
The book is filled with so many misrepresentations and errors, I finally had to abandon it.
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