(paper back version of the 2004 hardback edition). A serious study of how beer brewing in Europe was transformed in the Middle Ages from an essentially household task to a regulated commercial activity with substantial financial benefits. The change was reflected in the growth of national and local taxation and protection measures. The way that brewers and workers became organized into guilds and the role of women in brewing is also discussed.There are substantial notes to the pages and a large bibliography.
In medieval England prior to ~1350 most ale was brewed and sold by women; but by 1600 most brewers w...
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