Had something of an emergency trip to Wisconsin earlier this month. Not really an ‘emergency’ but my sister was supposed to go in February but her cat was taken quite ill and she stayed home to look after it so I went in her stead.
AND IT WAS FOOKIN’ COOOOOOOOLD.
But I got used to it pretty quickly. Anyway, I’m back.
This is a good article: Our 9,000-Year Love Affair With Booze
Good overview of alcohol archaeologically. Note the map that has North America notably absent (save for Mexico, but we call that Mesoamerica anyway). I don’t know if it was totally absent, or whether it came up with maize agriculture only, but I suspect it was probably around in minor quantities. Why it never took off, well, I don’t know.