“The thing with lager is that it’s relatively bland," says Professor Jeffrey Pilcher. "In many ways that blandness makes it the taste of modernity.”
Nearly every culture around the world can lay claim to having a fermented alcoholic beverage.
From Mexican pulque to Peruvian chichi, or Indian palm toddy to African sorghum beer, the variety of taste, texture and aroma are as diverse as the societies that concocted them. With so much variety it’s surprising that a rather bland type of German beer, known popularly as lager, has overwhelmingly become the international drink of choice.