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Topic - Strong Drinks and Heavenly Brews: A Short History of Beer, Wine, Coffee, and Tea
This program takes a lively look at the history of humanity’s favorite beverages. Beer (known to the pyramid-builders of Egypt as “liquid bread”) gained commercial fame thanks to the pious brewmasters of medieval Europe. Wine fueled the drinking parties of ancient Greece, but later connoisseurs hailed it as “bottled poetry.” Coffee and tea kept early monks and mystics alert during religious rituals. Over time, these warming stimulants won the approval of Enlightenment thinkers, Industrial Age workers, 19th-century socialites, and the trendy crowds at Starbucks today. Filled to the brim with entertaining tales, this presentation will quench your deepest thirst for knowledge!
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