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How Beer Saved the World

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How Beer Saved the World
Created byAlan Eyres
Written byMartyn Ives
StarringHenry Strozier
George Armelagos
Charlie Bamforth
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
EditorsGillian Abraham
Warren Saunders
Lukasz Termer
Running time60 minutes
Original release
NetworkDiscovery Channel
ReleaseJanuary 30, 2011 (2011-01-30)

How Beer Saved the World is an hour-long documentary that was broadcast on the Discovery Channel on January 30, 2011.[1] Produced by Australian production company Beyond Productions, the documentary takes a look at the origins of beer and how it has had an influence on major events in human history such as the building of the pyramids in Egypt and the creation of modern medicine.[2][3]

Production history[edit]

Discovery Channel Executive Producer Alan Eyres initially broached the idea of focusing on the history of beer during a pitch meeting in April 2009.[4] He did not officially approve the project until May of the following year, after he had brought on John Luscombe's production company Beyond to produce the documentary.[4] Filming began in November 2010 at Oregon State University, in Corvallis, Oregon and finished up in early January 2011.[2][5]


Reason gave a short, favorable review for the film, writing that it "makes an entertaining case that fermented malt beverages are "the greatest invention of all time."[6]


  1. ^ "News: Discovery Channel Presents "How Beer Saved the World"". CraftBeer.com. Archived from the original on 2011-01-30. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  2. ^ a b "Beer documentary features OSU". Gazettetimes.com. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  3. ^ Simpson, Nick. "'How Beer Saved the World' brings light to age-old debate". The Standard. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Discovery Channel to Premiere Beer Special". Brewbound.com. 2011-01-27. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  5. ^ "Crew films 'How Beer Saved the World' for Discovery Channel". Gazettetimes.com. 2010-11-16. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  6. ^ Sullum, Jacob (May 1, 2012). "Driven to Drink". Reason. Retrieved 27 November 2014.

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