A History of the World in 6 Glasses - Part 1: Beer in Mesopotamia and Egypt Summary & Analysis

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Hunter/gatherers migrated from Africa approximately 50,000 years ago and traveled the lands in thirty-member nomadic tribes. They used bows and arrows, fishhooks and needles for their survival. Around 12,000 years ago humans began shifting from the nomadic life to farming which led to the establishment of permanent villages the precursor of cities. New technologies were advanced in this new culture which was marked with stability and permanence.

Water had been the mainstay drink of humankind since the emergence of modern humans 150,000 years ago. The new drink that became central to the culture was derived from barley and wheat. Beer was the first chapter of man’s pathway to modernity. The exact date of its emergence is unknown. But it appears in a pictogram of Mesopotamia in 4000 BCE.

Beer was discovered after the gathering of wild grains became common practice after...

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