Beer – Where Did You Come From?
Join us in becoming a beer expert as we dig into our beer files to uncover its origins.
In case you didn’t notice, we’re all about the beers. We just can’t get enough of the froth and it would seem we are not alone! After all, it is one of the worlds most popular beverages – just sayin’! But did you know it has a bit of a murky past? There is many a heated debate over who invented the original cold one and you’ll probably get a different answer, depending who you ask. To help you (and us of course) get to the bottom of it, we’ve done a little digging. Join us on our beer quest below..
NO DEFINITIVE DATE
If there is one thing we’re certain of – there is no accurate birth date of beer. The stuff is pretty darn old, so its paper trail is a little dusty. The general consensus however, is that the first fermented drink probably originated around 12,000BC. Who even knew a date like that existed?
SUMERIANS ARE SMART PEOPLE
While it was the Chinese who are believed to have invented the first alcoholic beverage (we’re looking at you sake!), the first piece of beer production hard evidence points to the Sumerians. Never heard of em’? Well not only did they make beer around 5,000 years ago, but they also pretty much invented the alphabet – the first known writing system was founded by these guys. What a time to be alive!
WAS BEER INVENTED BY A WOMEN?
Because our friends the Sumerians were smart AF and basically the first civilization to write, they left us a pretty important clue as to who was responsible for their favourite brew. It would seem that the first known recipe for beer – the Hymn to Ninkasi, written by the Sumerians; which was an ode to the Sumerian goddess of beer (yeah, they had a goddess of beer) — describes a recipe for a beloved ancient brew made by female priestesses. #girlpower
While the Sumerians may have been the first to make beer, it was the Egyptians who really embraced it. According to history.com, everyone from pharaohs to peasants and even children drank beer as part of their everyday diet. Mind blowing! Did you know it even formed a type of currency with many workers of the Nile paid in beer!
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