Thanks Joe. It is now fixed :-)
Brilliant article Peter. A few points though.
"On such nights, and over the course of those thousands of year of struggle, there was one thought, one goal, that drove these men forwards: the idea of beer!"
Have can you have the idea for Beer, before you've had one. Wasn't it more likely an accident. Someone stored some mouldy wet grain in a barrel or something?
"To make matters worse, the main non-alcoholic source of nutrition, bread, is now believed to have been plagued with the hallucinogenic fungus ergot, the base ingredient for LSD."
Actually, Ergot was responsible for many deaths. It caused hallucinations and fits. It was not a nice thing to get. It is also thought to be the cause of trials of Witches as a form of scapegoat for something they couldn't understand - as it only grew on the grain in certain climate conditions from time to time.
P.S. Ergot caused what is known as the "St Vitus’ Dance". Apparently, Andy Warhol had a bout of it when he was a child. That explains a lot :-)
(Edited by Marcus Bachler on 8/24, 4:21am)