The history of alcohol goes way back. Booze made with foraged honey predated agriculture, and breweries and wineries have been with us since 4000 B.C.
But all these ancient-yet-familiar beverages are fairly low proof. In the sweep of human history, the distillation of hard liquors—from brandy to ouzo to soju—has been a surprisingly recent development: Scholars have pinpointed the invention of advanced distilling technology to the height of the Islamic Golden Age, which started in the 8th century.
In a new book on the archaeology and chemistry of alcoholic beverages, Patrick McGovern unravels the history of boozing
Stefan Pinto's journey through Napa's off-the-beaten-path wineries continues with Odette Winery, a winery that ushers the oldest alcoholic beverage industry into a new era.
Jester King Craft Brewery Sues Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Over Beer and Consumer Freedom. Austin, TX– Jester King Craft brewery, maker of artisan farmhouse ales in the beautiful Texas Hill Country on the outskirts of Austin...
Scientists in Sweden are launching their own mead — an alcoholic beverage made from a fermented mix of honey and water — based on old recipes they say could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Together with a brewery, t...