Beer – A Pint of Joy and Original Innovation
I love beer – Pretty much all kinds of beer (even the domestic ones) hold a special place in my heart.
Beer represents something quintessential to human culture and it is indeed thought to be one of the oldest pillars of what could be called “society”. I was amazed to learn that some modern anthropologists and historians now state that beer brewing (really, fermentation) may predate the first known baking of bread. Wild barley (a grain) is widely accepted as the first crop to be truly domesticated and grown in mass and therefore played a key roll in humanity’s ability to cease their wandering life of hunting and gathering and create sustainable communities that thrived because of simple agriculture (farming).
Beer provided a safe water source in times when water contamination constantly lead to horrific health and medical conditions.
“Ye Olde Pub” would become one of the most important social facilities in any town – birthing countless ideas, spawning revolutions, and of course allowing for simple merriment in gloomy times.
Fire brought us together in the dark ancient times; the spoken word allowed us to convey ideas and history; but beer may have allowed for possibly our greatest innovation – true society.
So take a moment to gaze through your next pint and into the past, for you are about to sip a brilliant piece of history. Cheers!
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