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Leaning Towers of Learning: Beer & the Academy

Charlie Bamforth breaks bread and finds himself shunned with his academic specialisation in brewing technology disdained by his undiscerning dinner companion. It's a shame, really: brewing research has offered much to the world at large, especially over the last hundred years. Last in series.

Fiscal froth: beer and government

Charlie Bamforth considers the age-old contest of the brewer versus the taxman and discovers, bizarrely, that the policy-makers of today could learn a lesson on open-mindedness from Kim Jong-Il's North Korea....
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Bashing booze: the anti-alcohol lobby

No one condones alcohol abuse, least of all the brewing industry, nor would anyone deny that alcohol is problematic for some individuals. Yet despite the majority of consumers drinking responsibly, there are numerous interest groups intent on demonising drinking culture. UC Davis professor Charlie Bamforth surveys the neo-prohibitionist movement.

For heaven's sake: beer and religion

Alcohol has never been the friend of bible thumpers but, as Charlie Bamforth discovers, the mixing of faith and moderate consumption doesn't always result in the weeping of angels or the snarl of demons.

More than just mere words: beer and the media

Charlie Bamforth kicks off his series on Social Sustainability, examining the brewing industry’s relationship within the context of larger societal concerns. The good professor loses sleep over a constant vexation: why is wine treated so much better by the media than needlessly humble beer?
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