A Brief history Of Beers Ancient Roots
These days when you go to the supermarket looking for your favorite brand of beer you have a never-ending list of choices lining the shelves. You can decide between Porters, ales, lagers, stouts and even a pilsner if you’re so inclined. Sometimes it’s just mind-boggling the sheer number of choices we actually have these days in relation to what we can drink and eat. It wasn’t always that way though and in ancient times your beer choice was a total number of one and it consisted of an alcoholic porridge.
Our much vaulted historians have given estimates that people have been partaking of fermented beverages for the last 10,000 years. Those are estimates, but the firm evidence shows up about 9,000 years ago on clay pots of the time. Actual written recipes for beer were later discovered dating from between 4000 to 3000 BC. As a matter fact there is some evidence that the practice of planting grains was more about fermenting them into alcohol than to make any other product.
How important was beer to these early humans? Well pretty important seeing as they left most of its production to be overseen by priests or other religious figures. The first known beer recipe was a prayer put together by the Sumerians actually detailing a beer recipe. After all in their world beer was created by the goddess Ninkasi as a gift for humans, so it was best to pay tribute.
Another fermented beverage that was big with the Babylonians was mead, which is a fermented honey. This must have been a highly prized beverage especially when you consider the technology of the day and the poor guy who had to go stick his hand in a live beehive to get the honey.
So next time as you reach into the fridge to grab a cold brew give thought to how long it’s taken to get beer to where it is today. Regardless of how long it’s taken though it’s always been a treasured and enjoyed drink. Let’s keep that tradition alive, but let’s not over do it shall we.