Google Search
How Beer Traveled the World


Most every society has fermented alcoholic beverages—Mexican pulque, Peruvian chicha, Japanese sake, Chinese baijiu, Indian palm toddy, African sorghum beer—but a particular variety, German lager beer, has largely displaced these local brewing traditions to become a global consumer icon. This talk examines how European beer traveled the world over the last two hundred years through networks of trade, migration, and colonialism. It pays particular attention to the role of taste in the reception of beer. The talk concludes by comparing the recent spread of craft brewing to earlier migrations of beer.

A reception will follow the talk.  This event is sponsored by the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies and the Culinaria Research Project, UTSC, the Department of History, UTSG, and Mill Street Brewery.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact

© University of Toronto Scarborough