History Of Beer Brewing
First References To Beer
shown that the Chinese were among the earliest people to have
brewed beer. Others include the Middle Eastern Civilizations of
ancient Mesopotamia, Babylon, Egypt, Greek and Roman
what we would have thought, beer brewing in ancient times was
very much considered an esteemed profession. Also, the master
brewers were women rather than men.
ancient Egyptians, beer was already considered an important
daily food item. People would gather in the evenings to drink
together, and beer was consumed by royalty, nobilities and
peasants alike. Besides being a drink, the ancient Egyptians
also used beer as medicine.
Egyptians accord much respect to their dead. As such, they even
provided their dead with offerings of beer. Beer also accord
status to the people. During festivities and ceremonies such as
marriages, beer is one item that is perceived as an appropriate
Greeks And The Romans
Greeks learned the skill of beer brewing from the Egyptians. In
return the Greeks taught the Romans to brew beer. Julius
Caesar, the infamous Roman Emperor, apparently toasted his
officers with beer after their crossing of the River Rubicon.
It was from the Romans that the art of beer brewing reached the
shores of Britain.
It is widely
accepted that beer brewing reached its finesse during the time
of the Christian era. Monks often built breweries to complement
their lucrative lodging businesses that provide food, drink and
shelter to other pilgrims and traveling merchants.
same monks started improving the quality of beer, perhaps
because of the business competition from monks of other
monasteries that also provide accommodation services to weary
interesting to note that during this era, a chequered flag was
used to indicate a place where beer could be purchased. This
was because the majority of the people then were illiterate and
so, a chequered flag would be more apt than a written sign to
“advertise” the beer business.
It was not until the
mid-16th century that beer brewing took on more of a
commercial role. Prior to that, beer brewing was just mainly
conducted as a small family business.
truly has come a long way. Today, beer is being enjoyed
throughout the world. There are numerous brands around, and
needless to say, every country took pride in having their own