The beer variant enjoyed by the ancient Sumerians may not have contained any alcohol at all.
Details of ancient Mesopotamian brewing practices were researched by the late Peter Damerow who examined ancient texts and 4000-year-old cuneiform writings to learn as much as possible about them. He eventually concluded that the end product, while popular, would have been quite unlike other beverages and would not have contained any alcohol. "Given our limited knowledge about the Sumerian brewing processes, we cannot say for sure whether their end product even contained alcohol," he wrote.
"The fermented cereal beverage enjoyed by Sumerians, so-called Sumerian beer, may have been alcohol-free, suggests a recent review of ancient Sumerian practices."
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