Beer, Science, and the 18th Century

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We’re Highlighting Historical fiction with Elizabeth Ellen Carter today.

She explains how shape enhances our enjoyment of beer. This is important. After all, as Benjamin Franklin is reputed to have said, “Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

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When doing some research on ale glasses for my upcoming title – Live And Let Spy – I discovered that 18th century and early 19th-century beer was often served in shaped glasses – not necessarily tankards.

I had wondered why such a relatively complex shape would be employed over something simple and canister-like. It seems science has the answer.
A glass with slanted sides allows bubbles to flow downward – making the pint settle faster. This is particularly so for heavy beer such as stout. A researcher at the University of Limerick (how appropriate!) used a series of mathematical models to confirm his observation.
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Lagers contain more carbon dioxide than stouts – which are nitrogen-based – so their bubbles are larger and more likely to resist the downward drag of the liquid. But still, the principle holds true – so that’s something to think about when you raise a glass!

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Elizabeth is thrilled to announce a new series called The King’s Rogues with the wonderful Dragonblade Publishing.The King’s Rogues is set around Cornwall 1804-1805.

The hero of the series is Adam Christopher Hardacre a former press-ganged sailor and now an officer. He is asked to put together a group of men in secret service to the crown to thwart French spies rumoured to be in league with smugglers in order to secure intelligence for a planned invasion.

He draws from his own shady past and that of his former comrades-in-arms to defend England.

These men are The King’s Rogues.

Book one, Live and Let Spy is coming soon!

See here for more!

About the Author

Elizabeth Ellen Carter, a fellow Bluestocking Belle, is an award-winning historical romance writer who pens richly detailed historical romantic adventures. A former newspaper journalist, Carter ran an award-winning PR agency for 12 years. The author lives in Australia with her husband and two cats.

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2 thoughts on “Beer, Science, and the 18th Century

  1. Ah ha. Lol. Very interesting. This helps explain why I enjoy my lager more depending on how it’s served. 🙂

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