The History of Europe in 24 Pints

by Mika Rissanen & Juha Tahvanainen

History has been made, in Europe at least, with the help of a pint or two. The book presents various incidents where beer – drinking of beer, shortage of beer or the beer culture overall – has affected the course of History.

The purpose of the book is to depict the long tradition and wide-spread contexts of drinking beer in European history in a fresh way. It is – and has been – an essential part of the European culinary, a source of inspiration and even a builder of international friendship. Each of the 24 chapters concentrate in some historical incident or phenomenon related to beer. In the end of each chapter there is a presentation of the beer related to the topic.

Examples of chapter topics and related beers:

  • Hitler as an agitator in Munich’s beerhouses in the early 1920’s (Löwenbrau, lager)
  • Beer as salvation of Gustaf II’s thirsty Swedish soldiers in 1631 (Ur-Krostitzer, pils)

  • Jakobsens of Carlsberg as art supporters,”Medicis of Copenhagen” (Carlsberg, lager)

  • Extra strong bock for Nansen’s polar exploration (Ringnes Bockol, bock)

  • Václav Havel – from a brewery to the presidency (Trutnov rakonos, pils)

  • Literature in British pubs: Tolkien, Lewis and the Inklings (ale)

  • Christmas beer during the truce in western front, 1914

  • Pieter Bruegel and other ”beer painters” of Flanders (Bruegel Amber ale)

  • RAF pilots carrying beer during the WW2 (Spitfire, ale)

  • Louis Pasteur’s inventions at Whitbread Brewery (Whitbread Pale Ale)

  • Polish Beer Lover’s Party into parliament in 1991

  • First German railway (Nuremberg to Furth) for delivering beer and newspapers (Lederer, pils)

  • Irish economy collapsed, as the PM Cowen spent too much time in pubs (Guinness, stout)

  • Beer in Tour de France in early 1900’s

  • Sarajevo brewery being the only water source of the sieged city in 1990’s (Sarajevsko, lager)

  • Breweries as sponsors of football (Heineken, lager)
  • Original Title |
    Kuohuvaa historiaa
  • Pages |
    246 (24 B & W pics)
  • Publishing Year |
  • Genres |
  • Available Material |
    English Manuscript, Reviews
  • Rights Sold |
    GER | RUS | KOR | POL | BRA | CHI | ITA
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