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Explore the evolution of beer, from Stone Age sludge to craft brews

By Bonnie Berkowitz

19 Sep 2023 · 12 min read

informed Summary

  1. Beer is believed to be one of the oldest beverages, with its origins dating back to the earliest known cultures. The first beer likely came from Africa, where the first people were, and was made from fermented grain.

Beer is so old that we don't know how old it is.

Most of the earliest known cultures brewed it, and some scholars believe that it was the quest for beer, not bread, that motivated our hunter-gatherer ancestors to settle down and cultivate grain.

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