I've always enjoyed the history of India Pale Ales, or IPAs. The extra hops were used as a preservative for the long journey from England to India and beer was important to get to India fresh - British soldiers were allotted 5 pints of beer a day. It may seem like a lot, but I suspect drinking beer was safer than drinking the water in India at the time.
Actually, beer has filled the role of a safer alternative to water many times.
Alright, enough about IPAs, that's supposed to be a post all on it's own.
In any case, the series of posts should be fun to write and educational even to me, as I know some basic facts but few details and the details are what brings stuff to life.
Not sure when the series kicks off but I'll be working outline out this week.