Produced by Australian production company Beyond Productions, the documentary takes a look at the origins of beer and how it has had an influence on major events in human history such as the building of the pyramids in Egypt and the creation of modern medicine.
In Mesopotamia, the oldest evidence of beer is believed to be a 6,000-year-old Sumerian tablet depicting people consuming a drink through reed straws from a communal bowl. In China, residue on pottery dating from around 5,000 years ago shows beer was brewed using barley and other grains.
Without beer , human civilization wouldn’t exist. The folks in the Fertile Crescent might not have understood that boiling water to make beer helped rid it of disease-carrying microbes, but they certainly figured out that falling down drunk was preferable to falling down dead.
Beer gave people protein that unfermented grain couldn’t supply. And besides, it tasted a whole lot better than unfermented grain. But in order to have a steady supply of beer , it was necessary to have a steady supply of beer ingredients. Man had to give up his nomadic ways, settle down and begin farming.
During the time of Jesus ‘ life beer was common throughout the Middle East. We know that alcohol was much safer to drink then water and that Jesus did drink wine. The bible refers to “strong drink ” which was more often then not beer . Wine was normally referred to as “fermented drink .” What is your take?
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It is likely that many cultures, on observing that a sweet liquid could be obtained from a source of starch, independently invented beer . Bread and beer increased prosperity to a level that allowed time for development of other technologies and contributed to the building of civilizations.
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More evidence that beer came before bread . It’s been around since the 1950s, in fact, and has been gaining ground in recent years thanks to research suggesting that the Natufians considered beer an essential part of the feasts that were so important to their society.
Drinking too much beer , or any other type of alcohol, is bad for you. “Heavy alcohol consumption wipes out any health benefit and increases risk of liver cancer, cirrhosis, alcoholism, and obesity,” Rimm says.
The world’s biggest beer drinkers Czech Republic – 143.3 litres per capita. Namibia – 108. Austria – 106. Germany – 104.2. Poland – 100.8. Ireland – 98.2. Romania – 94.1. Seychelles – 90.
Yes, beer was invented by women ! A little more than 7,000 years ago, beer brewing began its development in Mesopotamia; it was women who mixed the grains of cereal with water and herbs. They cooked them… and from that intuitive mixture driven by the need for nutrition came a brew that fermented in a spontaneous manner.