The rise of civilization

Fair and balanced Fox News wrote “Beer Lubricated the Rise of Civilization” (tip Instapundit):

Signs that people went to great lengths to obtain grains despite the hard work needed to make them edible, plus the knowledge that feasts were important community-building gatherings, support the idea that cereal grains were being turned into beer,  said archaeologist Brian Hayden at Simon Fraser University in Canada.

“Beer is sacred stuff in most traditional societies,” said Hayden, who is planning to submit research on the origins of beer to the journal Current Anthropology.

…”It’s not that drinking and brewing by itself helped start cultivation, it’s this context of feasts that links beer and the emergence of complex societies,” Hayden said.

…”Feasts are essential in traditional societies for… developing more complex kinds of societies,” Hayden explained. “Feasts are reciprocal — if I invite you to my feast, you have the obligation to invite me to yours…”

“In traditional feasts throughout the world, there are three ingredients that are almost universally present,” he said. “One is meat. The second is some kind of cereal grain… The third is alcohol, and because you need surplus grain to put into it, as well as time and effort, it’s produced almost only in traditional societies for special occasions to impress guests, make them happy, and alter their attitudes favorably toward hosts.”

Free the Hops fully supports “the rise of civilization”.

We’re doing our part by supporting the Brewery Modernization Act:

If passed, breweries can sell on-premises like a brewpub, or to wholesalers, or to both. Although the breweries must be licensed, they do not need to be located in an historic building, have no production cap, and can be located in any wet county or city. There is also no requirement for a brewery to operate a restaurant in order to sell beer on-premises, although they certainly can and many probably will.

The passage of the Gourmet Beer Bill led to the start up of three breweries in Huntsville (we have a total of four).   That is new economic activity.  The Brewery Modernization Act has the potential to create an entire new industry in Alabama – and that means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!

4 thoughts on “The rise of civilization

  1. The Free the Hops folks, might want to rethink the no restaurant limitation. A town may welcome the idea of a brew pub and local beer (Ball Play pils, Camden stout, Malbis Honey Oat Chicory Ale, any one?) but to keep peace with other factions, make sale of food a part of the license. Otherwise, sounds a like good bill.

  2. What bars in Huntsville don’t serve food? The only one I go to without food is Amendment XXI, and they allow you to order from the pizza place down the block.

  3. Love to have a brew pub south of the Mountain in Jefferson Co. The current law restricts it to “historic areas” of Birmingham. Free the Hops.

  4. Be sure to take a moment and contact your State Rep’s & Senators (particularly those who foolishly voted no in the past on FtH bills) and remind them of this non-budget effecting, job creating, economy boosting legislation.