Beer is one of the most loved alcoholic beverages around the world, but not every beer drinker knows enough about its history. Beer has been around for centuries, so to accurately ascertain its exact date and manner of origin is not possible, but we can get a fair idea of the same by analyzing the different cultures that have brewed beer for centuries, and what this implies.
According to many experts, beer can be traced back to ancient African and Sumerian tribes, when they were in their prime, 6,000 years ago. The art of beer brewing can be even older than that, but the earliest indicators show that beer was prevalent at least 6,000 years ago. In fact, a Sumerian Goddess going by the name of Ninkasi was also referred to as the Goddess of brewing. The act of fermenting beer and brewing it is said to have occurred completely by accident when a piece of bread got wet and was then left to become a watery pulp.
The Hymn of Ninkasi was a popular prayer of the Sumerians, and in addition to being an offering to the Goddess, it is also said to possess the recipe for brewing beer as it was originally discovered. Even the ancient epic of Gilgamesh talks about how Enkidu, the primordial primitive man, was taught the art of drinking beer and eventually learned to brew it as well.
The Babylonians’ Role in Beer Making
When the Sumerian empire fell, the Babylonians became the masters of the land and the recipe for brewing beer was passed down to them. It is said that the Babylonians knew how to make 20