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World's oldest brewery discovered in Israel

By T.K. Randall
September 16, 2018 · Comment icon 2 comments

Beer has been on the menu for thousands of years. Image Credit:
Traces of beer dating back more than 13,000 years have been found in a cave near the Israeli city of Haifa.
The discovery was made by a team of researchers who had been studying the Natufian people - semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers who lived in the region during the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods.

Traces of beer made using wheat and barley were found in stone mortars on the cave floor.

The find is important because it not only pushes the date of the first beer brewing back several thousand years but also suggests that it was more than just a side product of bread making.
"This accounts for the oldest record of man-made alcohol in the world," said study leader Li Liu.

The beer that these ancient people would have brewed was a lot different to today's beverages in that it was much weaker and had a consistency more like porridge than an actual drink.

Its creation involved germinating the grain, then heating the mash and fermenting it with wild yeast.

Source: BBC News | Comments (2)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Stiff 6 years ago
The first pint I had in one of the local town centre bars last night tasted like it had been brewed that far back. Took one mouthful, left it and moved on. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Unfortunately 6 years ago
I could be completely wrong, but I believe the use of the term brewery in this regard is referring to alcohol that would have been made for the masses, or at least commercially available. Otherwise you make a good argument. 

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