In the beginning, there's darkness; then came light. There's water; then came land. There's animals and vegetation; then came man. Man became the master of the earth, of the animals, and of vegetation. As man partook of every grain and every fruit of the land, he noticed that the animals were doing the same, so he slaughtered the animals and partook of their meat. "Oh so juicy and tasty!", the man thought.
After eating all that he could, man drank water. Water nourishes life as well as the throat of a weary man, the man thought. But there's a problem. The man is already tired of drinking water. How come there's a wide variety when it comes to grains and fruits and animals to feed on but only one kind of refreshment?", the man lamented.
Thereupon he mixed whatever he could find in the plant kingdom. He tried different fruits and grains. The fruits became what we now know as wine. The grains were used to make beer.
The Ancient Sumerians started mankind's pursuit of the tastiest beer ever. The Sumerians farmed grain to make beer 5000 years ago. Noah, as Assyrian tablets of 2000 BC suggests, saved some beer in The Ark, as he needed to save the beverage's legacy for the next generations to love and feast on.
The Code of Hammurabi (1750 BC) also stated that a merchant could be executed for diluting beer. It is a sin, therefore, to destroy the goodness of beer by mixing it.
In Ancient Babylon, the people made beer made of honey. In wedding feasts, the father of the bride made the groom drink lots of beer, lest he be doomed not to bear a male heir. Such is the history of "honey month",which became "honeymoon" in our era.
To conclude the first part of the history of beer and mankind, would you believe that the Chinese of 1116 BC had an imperial edict which summoned all of the faithful to drink beer as beer has heaven's blessing.
Beer is as old as man himself. The endless pursuit of beer began eons ago as it is today.
In the next part of our InfoBarrel series, we will salute the Ancient Egyptians for their worthwhile contribution to our beloved beverage: beer.