Beer and women. Women and beer. Nowadays, when you think of the two, you probably fall in line with what’s shown in commercials: a manly drink with bold flavors brought to you by buxom, scantily-clad ladies. While that all sounds like a good time, it really couldn’t be further from the truth of beer’s origins and how brewing was throughout most of history. Most people wouldn’t think that brewing beer was originally a woman’s responsibility or something that fell within the homemaker’s domain. So, in honor of International Women’s day this March 8th, let’s take a look back at the history of beer and see just what kind of role women played in it.
1. Beer led to Civilization, and women were its brewers