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The History of Alcoholic Beverages

The history of alcoholic beverage consumption.

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Champagne Bottle

Champagne Bottle

It is unknown when the first alcoholic beverage was created. Evidence of intentionally fermented beverages exist in the form of beer jugs dated as early as the Neolithic period.

Beer

Apparently, beer was the first alcoholic beverage known to civilization.

Champagne

French monks were the first to bottle a sparkling form of wine called Champagne, named after the Champagne region of France.

Cider

In a sense, the history of the apple is a history of our agrarian roots. Paleobotonists estimate that humans first discovered apples in the early Paleolithic period, some 750,000 years ago. The carbonized remains of apples have been dated at 7500 BC. Records describing the extensive planting of apple trees in elevated gardens along the Nile River Delta have been dated at 1300 BC. In Colonial times, Apple Cider was the alcoholic drink of choice. A young man by the name of Johnny Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was largely, if indirectly, responsible for spreading the cider.

Jagermeister

Jagermeister, is a alcoholic liqueur that was first made in 1935 in Wolfenbuttel, Germany. The name Jagermeister means "a master-hunter." That is why Saint Ubert, protector of hunters, is the deer symbol on the label. This drink is a mixture of 56 plants, roots, and fruit peels, that is matured for 12 months. No, deers' blood is not an ingredient.

Brandy

Most sources state that "an unknown Dutch trader invented brandy in the 16th century, by boiling wine to remove the water as a way to save cargo space." Brandewijn means 'burnt wine' in Dutch. A few sources credit the Chinese. Brandy is distilled from grapes or other fruit such as apples or apricots.

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