Monday, August 1, 2016

An Ancient Beverage

He was a wise man who invented beer. - Plato

Now Plato lived some 2,300 years ago in fourth century B.C. and beer had already been around for a long time.

Tests performed on ancient pottery from Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq and parts of Iran, Syria and Turkey), indicate that beer was produced there some 7,000 years ago, and a 3,900 year old poem contains the oldest known recipe for beer. 

The process of making beer was passed along to the Greeks who then taught the Romans. Beer was important to the early Romans, but was eventually replaced by wine as the alcoholic beverage of choice, rendering beer at that time, fit only for barbarians. Obviously this opinion didn't hold for long as beer brewing has continued throughout the centuries and in many cultures. 

If you doubt the historical importance of beer, consider that the desire to make beer led people to give up a nomadic lifestyle to form villages, cultivate crops and develop agriculture, thus leading to civilization.

What started small thousands of years ago, rose to a multi-million dollar industry and mass production, is now returning to it's roots with this new concept of microbreweries and craft beers. 

Last night we met up with some friends at the tasting room of a local brewery. They have lots of different beers on tap, some with exotic names and flavors. However I chose Carolina Blonde, a cream ale, which is lower on the bitterness scale. It is light, smooth and refreshing, especially on a hot summer evening.

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  2. Hi Linda - Plato certainly was wise ... beer is incredibly nutritious ... I don't have it that often. What an interesting evening that must have been - I've never been to a beer tasting event - must have been fun ...

    I've linked across to this post - in my post which has gone up today ... cheers Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary, Yes he was indeed wise. There are so many varieties and styles of beer now. Really, something for everyone. The lady who was there with us never liked beer, but now she has found a number that she really likes.

  3. Hello Linda. I came here on Hilary's recommendation! And I am glad that I did because it's my kind of Blog - which I will follow.
    Incidentally you might be interested in this post:
    It wasn't until medieval times that hops were added to give more flavour to beer.
    CLICK HERE for Bazza’s fabulous Blog ‘To Discover Ice’

    1. Hi Bazza, thanks for visiting. There is certainly a lot more to beer than just popping open a few at a cookout. It is interesting how important it was to those early people and civilization.


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