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Episode 5

The History of German Beer

In this episode, David teaches Dennis and guest Joe Yarborough all about Germany's rich beer history which goes back thousands of years. How did their beer change over the years? When did Germany become known for the beer they're famous for today? How did all of this affect modern beer culture?


David Tartaro along with his sidekick/producer Dennis Abdelhamid are committed to bringing nothing but the facts pertaining to the long colorful history of the world's most popular alcoholic beverage, dispelling any misinformation along the way. Episodes will be released once a month, so be sure to subscribe so you never miss a show!

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