My book is out and available for purchase though the Bloomsbury Academic Publishing website and Amazon. This book is my first and was based on over a decade of research and writing with trips to archives across the world from Belize to South Africa to Germany and England. Through Globalization in a Glass: The Rise of Pilsner Beer through Technology, Taste, and Empire you will learn how, when, and why we have a global beer style – the light golden lager that is prevalent in every country in the world but only originated less than 200 years ago. It is a history of the modern world through the changes wrought by industrialization, scientific and technological advancements, and what it means to imbibe the tastes of modernity.
I was also recently interviewed for the New Books Network podcast about Globalization in a Glass where you can hear of the highlights of my book as well as the journeys and adventures it took to publish it. Enjoy and please leave reviews and let me know what you think!
I was invited to have some fun trying Samuel Adams NA(non-alcoholic) beer, Just the Haze, on a cold and windy winter day in Boston recently and the results are evident in this video! As NA beer is growing in triple percentage points these days across the US, many imbibers are choosing a #dryjanuary with NA beer and NA cocktails like this one. Sometimes it is even difficult to distinguish which beer is alcoholic from the one that isn’t…
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by POB with Le Temps d’une Bière podcast for their first-ever English-language episode to talk about the history of the Porter and the English Industrial Revolution. We not only discussed the style of the Porter and its origins but also how taxation, urbanization, and exportation contributed to making Porter the beer-king of the day. I look forward to joining them again soon for more discussions!
On July 10, 2021 I joined Nick to talk about the history of Pilsner with the Beer Got Me Here podcast as part of the Rolling Hops Beer Tour series. I had a lot of fun with this one so please give it a listen.
As part of MIT’s Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative with an Emerging Scholars Grant I recently completed the now-live teaching module, “Taverns and Temples: A Global Architectural History.” This module of four lectures traces the introduction and dissemination of alcoholic substances (beer, wine, spirits) and the spaces of consumption and production across the globe and offers a history of related architectural types (breweries, wineries, taverns, temples, etc.) and how they have changed over time. In addition, they examine the cultural and social factors of the rituals of brewing, feasting, and imbibing and how they connect people in spite of geographical distance. From ancient Mesopotamia and China to Incan chicha and American craft beer, these lectures (with supported teaching materials) offer a truly global look at the production and consumption of beer and other forms of alcohol.
Sunday night/Monday morning I joined Bradley Jay and his show, Jay Talking on WBZ Newsradio 1030 AM to talk about the craft beer industry and the history of beer and brewing. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here: Beer As Craft
In addition, as a bit of bonus check out my interview, “The History of Beer and Empire” with the Breaking History Podcast from 2016. This was the pilot episode of Breaking History, a world history podcast by the graduate students of the History Department at Northeastern University in Boston, USA. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here: The History of Beer and Empire