Is beer the perfect beverage? Let's see what science says…
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The chemistry of beer flavors:

Uncorking the past, a history of alcoholic beverages:

Domestication of grain in near east:

Alcohol and social complexity in ancient western Asia:

Finally, a weird Dutch Heineken ad from the 1950's about sending beer to the moon:


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