Grains and Grapes: The Story of Alcohol

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Taught by Jonathan Soma

Soma was born in the South, is what someone from the North would say. He co-founded the Brainery, is the sciencey half of Masters of Social Gastronomy, and plans on getting married to Waffle House. In his more droll moments he is a tragic sellout to higher ed as a professor of data journalism at Columbia University's journalism school.

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We drink a lot of alcohol, and we've been doing it for a long long time. 

We'll tackle history! The gradual move from dirty sticks in sticky water to gleaming machines and steaming pipes, and all the political scheming that popped up along the way. Prohibition changed everything! 

Dispel a few myths! How you can open a bourbon distillery in Alaska, and why moonshine won't make you blind.

Brush up on your science! How exactly do sugar and yeast team up to help you make bad decisions at 4AM?

Rejoice in fun facts! Some drinks are made out of mold, and others are relics of our inability to make good alcohol. These will make you fun at bars.

Note: We won't be drinking, because otherwise I'd go broke. You'll be getting drunk on facts.

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