Everyone loves beer, and with good reason, too: Beer can actually be credited with helping to create civilization! Believed to even predate the invention of bread, beer is speculated to have actually been discovered by accident. Ever since the domestication of plants through agriculture, cereals (specifically barley) attracted wild yeasts, which caused natural fermentation and so beer came to be!
The earliest record of beer comes from chemical tests performed on pots excavated in present-day Iran, ironically, where the consumption of beer is prohibited. These pots not only prove the existence of alcoholic beverages in antiquity but also that the process had been harnessed and utilized by people as far back as 7,000 years. The oldest known depiction of beer drinking ever found was a 6,000-year old Sumerian tablet in which people are drawn consuming it from a communal bowl. The oldest physical example of beer unearthed has been dated to 3,500 - 3,100 B.C. when it was discovered in the Zagros Mountains of Iran. Sadly, it had probably gone skunk by the Trojan War.
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