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Louis Pasteur's Birthday


  • Hopkinsville Brewing Company 102 East 5th Street Hopkinsville, KY, 42240 United States (map)

In 1854, Pasteur was appointed professor of chemistry and dean of the science faculty at the University of Lille. There, he worked on finding solutions to the problems with the manufacture of alcoholic drinks. Working with the germ theory, which Pasteur did not invent but further developed through experiments and eventually convinced most of Europe of its truth, he demonstrated that organisms such as bacteria were responsible for souring wine, beer and even milk. He then invented a process where bacteria could be removed by boiling and then cooling liquid. He completed the first test on April 20, 1862. Today the process is known as pasteurization.

Earlier Event: December 23
Festivus
Later Event: December 28
New Beers Eve