Grape vs. Grain

Charles W. Bamforth
Explores paradoxes involving beer and wine, paying special attention to the culture surrounding each.

Item No: 49371

©2008; 7" x 10" hardcover; 224 pages; 7 tables; 2 pounds


$75.00 Price
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 Description

 
Why is wine considered sophisticated and beer is not even though the brewing process is more technologically complex?

 

Why is wine touted for its health benefits when beer has more nutritional value?

Why does wine conjure up images of staid dinner parties while beer denotes screaming young partiers?

In his fascinating new book, Charles Bamforth explores paradoxes involving beer and wine, paying special attention to the culture surrounding each. He argues that beer can be just as grown-up and worldly as wine and be part of a healthy, mature lifestyle.
 
Both beer and wine have histories spanning thousands of years. This is the first book to compare them from the perspectives of history, technology, market characteristics, quality attributes, styles, and the effect that they have on health and nutrition.
 

 Contents

 
Beer and wine: some social commentary

 

A brief history of wine


A brief history of beer


How wine is made


How beer is made


The quality of wine


The quality of beer


Types of wine


Types of beer


The healthfulness of wine and beer


Conclusions about beer and wine - and the future.​


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