Beer is hands down one of the most popular drinks in the world. Over the centuries, man has created folktales, songs, poems, and all manner of verbal and literal arts of work to heap praises upon this drink thought to have been gifted by the gods themselves! (Depending on the religious context of course)
That said, how has beer evolved over the centuries? What series of tumultuous, albeit beneficial events occurred in the past that paved the way for the sweet and smooth crisp taste that we now enjoy today?
In this segment, we’ll be discussing some ten interesting beer brewing facts that not only revolutionized the popularity of beer but also shaped the civilized world as we know it!
1. ‘In the beginning, there was beer bread’
One might shun the thought of gulping down a thick and heavy malt today, but back in the day, beer bread was the talk of the town, (or shall we say village?). In fact, let’s time warp ourselves back to ancient Mesopotamia, a whopping 5000 years ago, to figure out who invented beer.
Man had just transitioned from the hunter-gatherer existence and was only reaping the benefits of an agricultural lifestyle. Long gone were the days of laissez-faire; where he had to depend on the elements, and the migratory routines of wild deer and boar, just to put a decent meal on the table.
In fact, agricultural ingenuity is what brought forth the first process of beer making to light. Beer bread, as was known, was a half-baked bread that was soaked in water to produce a fermented brew, which was then flavored with exotic herbs and honey.
Because it had a somewhat similar nutritional value to bread, the ancients considered it a nutritious food resource, and we even bet the kids sneaked in a couple of sips here and there!