Product Description A celebration of beerâits science, its history, and its impact on human culture What can beer teach us about biology, history, and the natural world? From ancient Mesopotamian fermentation practices to the resurgent American craft brewery, Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall peruse the historical record and traverse the globe for engaging and often surprising stories about beer. They explain how we came to drink beer, what ingredients combine to give beers their distinctive flavors, how beerâs chemistry works at the molecular level, and how various societies have regulated the production and consumption of beer. Â Drawing from such diverse subject areas as animal behavior, ecology, history, archaeology, chemistry, sociology, law, genetics, physiology, neurobiology, and more, DeSalle and Tattersall entertain and inform with Â Â their engaging stories of beer throughout human history and the science behind it all. Readers are invited to grab a beer and explore the fascinating history of its creation. Review âContains keen observations on our speciesâ curious relationship with beer in all its frothy-or-flat, black-or-golden glory.ââJazz Shaw, The Washington Examiner âA thoroughly satisfying literary effort.ââLarry Marschall, Natural History magazine â A Natural History of Beer traverses time and geography to bring the story of beer and its cultural significance to life.ââM.H. Albro, Choice "Forced to choose between this book and a pint of hazy IPA, I would be at a loss. Better to consume them at the same timeâboth will go down easily, and leave you in an improved condition."âBill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? âAs a ânaturalâ follow-up to A Natural History of Wine, the sequel on beerâa supreme technological achievement of humankindâshould prove equally informative and even more engaging for the general reader.ââPatrick McGovern, Scientific Director, Biomolecular Archaeology Project, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology âA thorough, thoughtful exploration of the many facets of âthe most social of beverages,â which will appeal to beer lovers and general readers alike.ââTheresa McCulla, American Brewing History Initiative, National Museum of American History âDeSalle and Tattersall deliver a fun, factual, focused look at how beer first happened, how it happens every day, and just what's going on when it lands on your tongue.ââLew Bryson, Senior Drinks Writer for the Daily Beast About the Author Rob DeSalle is a curator at the American Museum of Natural History's Sackler Institute for Comparative Biology and its program for microbial research. Ian Tattersall is curator emeritus, AMNH Division of Anthropology. DeSalle and Tattersall co-authored A Natural History of Wine and The Brain: Big Bangs, Behaviors, and Beliefs. They both reside in New York City.