Beer Primary Sources

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Beer is a fermented, alcoholic beverage made primarily from water, malted grain (typically barley), hops and yeast. This list intends to include all beverages primarily made from malted grain.

In period, particularly in the early period, gruit was used instead of hops.

Sources

Name Date Country Language English Translation Description Panels
The fyrst boke of the introduction of knowledge made by Andrew Borde, of physycke doctor. A compendyous regyment; or, A dyetary of helth made in Mountpyllier 1542 CE France (author English) English (in English) This discussion of domestic hygene and medicine contains a brief but descriptive mention of beer and ale on page 256.
Maison rustique, or The countrey farme 1564 CE France French Period English Translation A comprehensive text on running a country estate.
The English Huswife 1623 England English (in English) Barely post-period, this cookbook contains several recipes for beers. March and Ordinary Beers
The Closet of Sir Kenelme Digbie Kt. Opened 1669 CE England English (in English) Post-period, but likely based on period techniques. Comprehensive, and reasonably detailed.