This was an enjoyable and quick read. I like these social histories of a particular item, so this book really appealed to me.
I can't say it's a definitive history of any of these drinks (beer, wine, rum, tea, coffee, and cola), but it's an engaging little summary of how each of those drinks has been important to human history.
I think it's a successful strategy for organizing a book, and Standage's writing is engaging. It's a great introduction to the concept of the history of food, and an interested reader could read more in-depth studies of the history of any of these drinks.