Why is wine considered sophisticated and beer is not even though the brewing process is more technologically complex?
Why is wine touted for its health benefits when beer has more nutritional value?
Why does wine conjure up images of staid dinner parties while beer denotes screaming young partiers?
In his fascinating new book, Charles Bamforth explores paradoxes involving beer and wine, paying special attention to the culture surrounding each. He argues that beer can be just as grown-up and worldly as wine and be part of a healthy, mature lifestyle.
Both beer and wine have histories spanning thousands of years. This is the first book to compare them from the perspectives of history, technology, market characteristics, quality attributes, styles, and the effect that they have on health and nutrition.
Beer and wine: some social commentary
A brief history of wine
A brief history of beer
How wine is made
How beer is made
The quality of wine
The quality of beer
Types of wine
Types of beer
The healthfulness of wine and beer
Conclusions about beer and wine - and the future.