Disturbingly Informative

When Beer Was Safer Than Water

April 7, 2021

A stein of beer and an print of a man in period dress drinking beer with the words Safer Than Water?

When water from the River Thames became too polluted for human consumption, 19th century Londoners turned to an unexpected alternative: beer. Mütter Museum Manager Nancy Hill explores the history of this phenomenon and even uses some of our very own specimens!