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PILSNER: How the Beer of Kings Changed the World
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PILSNER: How the Beer of Kings Changed the World

Title: PILSNER: How the Beer of Kings Changed the World
Author: Tom Acitelli
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
The plan of St. Gall is the only surviving full architectural drawing from the seven centuries between the western Roman Empire's fall in the late 400s and the second century of the Middle Ages in the 1200s.
Beer was apparently an important part of that divine order, right up there with the salvation to be found in the churches planned for the site, the knowledge to be gleaned from a proposed library, and the sustenance to be found via the animals of the stables. The Plan of St. Gall includes what are essentially blueprints for three separate breweries. It appears the monks never got these breweries up and running simultaneously, but their designs remain the oldest on record for larger-scale brewing in Europe, proof of beer's prominence on the Continent and a foreshadowing of what was to come a thousand years later.
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