Curious about: History

2016’s Gin Flings held at The Creech and Quartermasters Arms

This is my favourite article about alcohol. It is chock full of everything I love about the industries of fermentation and distillation. It tells us the history of ourselves, of knowledge, religion and early medicine. It introduces us to the concepts of how we have moved around the world and organise our cultures. It helps us understand farming and how we are more similar than we are different. It also, wisely, alerts us to the potential danger of alcohol;

The ancient Greeks were a good example. A crucial part of their spiritual and intellectual life was the symposium fueled by wine—within limits. Mixing wine with water in a decorated vessel called a krater, Greek hosts served their (exclusively male) guests a first bowl for health, another for pleasure, and a third for sleep. “When this bowl is drunk up, wise guests go home,” the comic poet Eubulus warned in the fourth century B.C., according to one translation. “The fourth bowl is ours no longer, but belongs to violence; the fifth to uproar; the sixth to drunken revel; the seventh to black eyes. The eighth is the policeman’s; the ninth belongs to biliousness; and the 10th to madness and the hurling of furniture.”

Our 9,ooo year love affair with booze:National Geographic