Ancient History of Beer

Ancient History of Beer

Beer might have roots as early as 10,000 B.C.E., and the first professional beer brewers were women. In ancient Egypt, it was illegal for men to brew or sell beer, while in ancient Peru, only women of nobility were allowed to brew beer. And the ancient Sumerians wrote recipes for beers on tablets, using their word for beer, which translates to "what the mouth desires." As time has passed, beer hasn't gotten any less desirable. In fact, even the White House brews its own beer, and there is a recipe for its beer on its website. Learn more fascinating facts about beer with these videos.

26 Facts About Beer

#6. Beer and cannibis are "plant cousins."

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Beer dates back to at least 3,000 B.C.E. (0:45)

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    The White House brews its own beer, and there is a recipe for its beer on its website. (4:24)

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    "Harry Potter", the Declaration of Independence, and the play "A Few Good Men" were all partially written in bars. (5:40)

The Science of Beer

Good news: One biochemist says the beer belly is a myth.

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from Inside Science

How Is Beer Made?

Take a tour of a Texas farmhouse brewery to learn more about the science of brewing.

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