Even The Sumerians Were Drinking Beer
Beer used to be brewed in clay pots and the oldest record of the account of beer existed during the Mesopotamian period. A 6,000-year-old Sumerian tablet showcased how people would sip their beer using reeds as straws from a shared bowl. In the East, beer was also brewed in pots using grains and barley mainly. Brewing beer was an integral part of many cultures and their livelihood and it was even written about and revered in books. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Enkidu was given beer to drink and he drank around 7 pitchers. Afterward, his heart was full and his face was booming with happiness and light. Beer is certainly a drink to be celebrated and our ancestors from the past can fully agree.
The first account of beer’s appearance in writing was when it appeared in the Sumerian text. It’s derived from a poem almost 3800 years old and it was recorded on clay tablets. The Hymn to Ninkasi reveres the goddess of beer and the poem includes steps to make the beer and has lines that illustrate how to filter beer and how to place it in a vat.
Egyptians Made Craft Beer
The Ancient Egyptians were big fans of beer and would flavor them with all kinds of wild herbs. They’d even go so far as to place olive oil and dates in their beer! They were big purveyors of fragrant beer and would place the herbs and sweet-smelling fruits in a concoction with the beer in a vat of clay to ferment. Egyptian Bread Beer was a type of beer that was placed in heated jars to ferment and it was mixed in with cooked loaves in bread. The Egyptians were a creative bunch and loved to experiment with all sorts of ingredients and flavors.