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Good Libations: A Brief Visual History of Booze

Jul 31, 2015 | 8 videos
Video by The Atlantic

Here at The Atlantic, we're interested in the history behind things in everyday lifeā€”in this case, how humans have chosen to get intoxicated for thousands of years. The Mongols fermented mare's milk to make a drink called kumis, and the Aztecs drank pulque, a fermented agave sap. Chicha is corn beer that was a favorite of the Incans, and tonto is banana beer from Uganda. What could be next? Craft beer may be having its moment, but we're playing the long game.

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Author: Jackie Lay

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