John W. Arthur is Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. He was recently named a fellow in the illustrious Explorers Club. He is also a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
This unique book is an exciting global journey into the origins, technologies, and recipes of ancient beer as well as into beer's continued importance today in diet, ritual, and economics.
1. Introduction - Beer is Food; 2. The Diversity of Indigenous Beer Production; 3. Near Eastern and Asian Beers: Stone Bowls, Red-Crown Cranes, Ancient Hymns, and Ancestral Spirits; 4. African Beers: Feeding the Living and the Ancestors; 5. European Beers: Henges, Vikings, Monks, and Our Favorite Brews; 6. Meso- and South American Beers: Beer Fuels Runners, Roads, and Feasts; 7. Tapped Out; Index