Beer
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1. Consumption

Whereas wine consumption dominated Southern Europe and France in the early modern period, the consumption of beer was a fundamental constant of everyday life in the north and east of the continent (Everyday world). In these regions, beer was a staple foodstuff and – when brewed to greater strength - Lenten fare [1]. From the Late Middle Ages, there was a profound shift in habits of consumption in Central Europe, with wine replaced by beer as an everyday beverage…

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Behringer, Wolfgang, “Beer”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 23 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017621>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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