Beer History

Tutankhamun Ale. An authentic replica of ancient Egyptian beer, brewed from emmer wheat by the Courage Brewery in 1996. Beer is also mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Beer became vital to all the grain-growing civilizations of classical Western antiquity, including Egypt — so much so that in 1868 James Death put forward a theory in The Beer of the Bible that the manna from heaven that God gave the Israelites was a bread-based, porridge-like beer called wusa. The modern anthropologist Alan Eames believes that “beer was the driving force that led nomadic mankind into village life…It was this appetite for beer-making material that led to crop cultivation, permanent settlement and agriculture.”

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