I liked the taste of beer, its live, white lather, its brass-bright depths, the sudden world through the wet-brown walls of the glass, the tilted rush to the lips and the slow swallowing down to the lapping belly, the salt on the tongue, the foam at the corners.
Dylan Thomas, the writer (1914-1953)
In the oldest stories ever told, there came a point in our birth as species where we realized we were mortal. Some of us simply had to deal with it, or pin our hopes on things looking up in the afterlife. But others were happier with their lot. Because they had beer.
We are setting off on a journey to know how beer had gained such a hold over the English drinking culture, why the natives carried on drinking bitter a century after the rest of the world had switched to lager, what makes a pub a spiritual home of beer, and why people felt their choice of lager brand said more about themselves than a pint of local mild.
The At Roots of Civilization features:
- Beer – the root behind the emergence of civilization?
- The image of booze in the early English days;
- Binge drinking, football lootishness and other pleasures of modern life.
Apart of the sound injection of the English language practice and a clear insight into the social and cultural habits of the English nation, this discussion will facilitate noticeably your judgment of drinking, pub-going and, furthermore, socialising.