The Sumerians Enjoyed Alcohol… Just not Beer

Alcohol is as old as civilization… in fact, some anthropologists have argued that civilization developed so that humans could better brew and ferment grain, rice, and grapes – in short, to produce alcohol.

Ancient Sumer, the world’s oldest civilization, has hundreds of cuneiform tablets focused on the fermentation of grains but key ingredients to beer, namely barley, was not part brewing process (or at least not in the records). So, while the Sumerians had fermented grains, technically, beer may not have been on that list.

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3 thoughts on “The Sumerians Enjoyed Alcohol… Just not Beer

  1. E.K. Carmel

    This is interesting. I’ve been informally studying Mesopotamia for a while and thought that area was known for it’s beer-like drinks made of barley. Perhaps it was the later groups, like the Assyrians, who were the beer lovers?

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