Thirst is deadlier than hunger. Deprived of food, you might survive for a few weeks, but deprived
of liquid refreshment, you would be lucky to last more than a few days. Only breathing matters more . . . Tens of thousands
of years ago, early humans foraging in small bands had to remain near rivers, springs, and lakes to ensure an adequate supply
of fresh water. . . The availability of water constrained and guided humankind’s progress. Drinks have continued to
shape human history ever since. – Tom Standage, A History of the World in 6 Glasses.
The Minnesota River Wine, Beer, and History Trail invites travelers to indulge in our
Sips of History, as they explore the Southern Minnesota River communities that have been forged by the
great force of the Warren River and the fortuitous pioneers who shaped it’s culture though wine, beer, tea, and water.
The evolution of these vital fluids to this region tells the tale of
adventure, survival, sacrifice, and celebration. Follow the trail and discover a new history as told through the living story
of the drinks that
contributed to the growth of Southern Minnesota.
Each of the trail stops will be celebrating MEA weekend, October 16-18, 2009. Stop
and see what each site has to offer!