The brewing of beer is a practice that’s been in use for thousands of years. In fact, some of the oldest recipes we have from Sumer and Egypt are for beer. Just recently, a brewery in Iron-Age France was uncovered. In this month’s Journal of Human Ecology, archaeologists have published their findings of the oldest brewery in France – dating to 2,500 years ago.
It appears that beer brewing techniques have not changed in the last few thousand years:
“From what we can tell, it was processed in a way that was close to traditional beer-brewing techniques and was not so different from modern home-made beers,” lead author Laurent Bouby told Discovery News.
This is especially interesting as very little information remains in the historical record about beer making in Europe (due to the Greek and Roman’s preference for wine).