If you like beer -- or at least want to know more about it -- and are in the Bay area, be sure to check out the symposium, "99 Bottles of Beer: Global Brewing Traditions 2500 B.C.–Present" on October 10, 2009. It is part of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology's annual symposium and exhibition series focused on the anthropology of food.
More than 100 beer-related objects will be put on display. "The exhibition marks the first time this unusual collection has been on public display," Ira Jacknis, the show's curator is quoted as saying. "It goes well beyond beer as we know it today. The diversity of objects is incredible. On one end of the scale we have traditional German steins and American beer bottles; and on the other, we have artifacts used by ancient civilizations, such as a stunning 4-foot-high Incan jar for corn beer and Egyptian beer cups that are more than 4,000 years old."