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5,000-year-old Chinese beer recipe

Residue found on prehistoric pots found in China has shed new light on ancient beer-making in the region. Barley might have been the "secret ingredient" in a 5,000-year-old beer recipe that has been reconstructed from residues on prehistoric pots from China, according to new archaeological research. Scientists conducted tests on ancient pottery

Beer brewed in France as far back at 5th century BC

New evidence has been found that pushed back beer brewing in Mediterranean France to the 5th century BC. To date, researchers had only found evidence of wine production in the region. Bouby and team analysed three samples of sediment from excavations carried out in the 1990s. One sample was taken from

Ancient Viking ale recreated

Archaeologists have recreated the heather ale drunk by Vikings to boost their ferocity in battle. 'Bheoir Lochlannachis' is made from heather and barley; and instead of hops, which only became common in brewing in the 9th century, the herb bog myrtle is used to add flavour and preserve the potion.

Brewing 3,400-year-old Mesoamerican beer

The Edible Geography blog has posted a cool story about brewing 3,400-year-old Mesoamerican beer made with ingredients determined through chemical analysis of pottery fragments. Plain cacao alcohol is “an abundant liquor of the smoothest taste, between sour and sweet, which is of the most refreshing coolness,” according to early Spanish

Agriculture may have begun because of alcohol

Early man may have taken up farming in order to brew alcohol. In a new research, a team of archaeologists has identified traces of alcohol in prehistoric sites, which suggests that the thirst for a brew was an incentive for Neolithic man to start growing crops. According to a report in Spiegel

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