History and Origins of your Favorite Beverage

And the Many Inventions Behind the Making of your Favorite Beverage.

Historians theorize that humankind's fondness for beer and other alcoholic beverages was a factor in our evolution away from a society of nomadic hunters and gathers into an agrarian society that would settle down to grow crops (and apparently drink).
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It is unknown when the first alcoholic beverage was created. Evidence of intentionally fermented beverages exist in the form of beer jugs dated as early as the Neolithic period. More »
Glass of Beer
Glass of Beer. Stock.xchng Photographer Jasper Greek Golangco
The modern era of brewing beer could not begin until the invention of commercial refrigeration, methods of automatic bottling, and pasteurization. More »
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Champagne Beverage

Beverage Glass
Beverage Glass. Free Photos
French monks were the first to bottle a sparkling form of wine called Champagne, named after the Champagne region of France.
Contemporary Coca Cola Can
Contemporary Coca Cola Can. Courtesy Coca Cola Company
Inventor John Pemberton's accountant Frank Robinson (who also had excellent penmanship) first scripted "Coca Cola" into the flowing letters which has become the famous logo of today. The soft drink was first sold to the public at the soda fountain in Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta on May 8, 1886. More »
Coffee Cups
Coffee Cups. LOC
The modern day espresso machine was created by Italian Achilles Gaggia in 1946. Gaggia invented a high pressure espresso machine by using a spring powered lever system. More »
Edwin Perkins invented the soft drink called Kool Aid
Edwin Perkins invented the soft drink called Kool Aid. MorgueFile
The forerunner to KOOL AID was Fruit Smack, which was sold via mail order in the 1920s. Edwin Perkins re-named the drink Kool Ade and then Kool Aid in 1927. More »
Milking Pump
Milking Pump. Getty Images/B Drake
In 1884, Doctor Hervey Thatcher of Potsdam, New York invented the first glass milk bottle called Thatcher's Common Sense Milk Jar, which was sealed with a waxed paper disk. More »
Soda Fountain Bar
Soda Fountain Bar. LOC
The first marketed soft drinks (non-carbonated) appeared in the 17th century. They were made from water and lemon juice sweetened with honey. In 1676, the Compagnie de Limonadiers of Paris were granted a monopoly for the sale of lemonade soft drinks. Vendors would carry tanks of lemonade on their backs and dispensed cups of the soft drink to thirsty Parisians. More »
Patent For a Tea Leaf Holder. Patent For a Tea Leaf Holder
The most popular beverage in the world, tea was first drunk under the Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung around 2737 B.C. An unknown Chinese inventor invented the tea shredder, a small device that shredded tea leaves in preparation for drinking. The tea shredder used a sharp wheel in the center of a ceramic or wooden pot that would slice the leaves into thin strips. More »