Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Neatolicious Fun Facts: Beer
1. Beer is old stuff: Recipe found in 4,000-year-old Sumerian tablet
The first references to beer dates to as early as 6,000 BC. The very first recipe for beer is found on a 4,000-year-old Sumerian tablet containing the Hymn to Ninkasi, a prayer to the goddess of brewing. It tells how to brew beer from barley:
The filtering vat, which makes a pleasant sound, You place appropriately on [top of] a large collector vat.
Ninkasi, the filtering vat, which makes a pleasant sound, You place appropriately on a [top of] a large collector vat.
If you're curious as to how the world's oldest beer tastes like, the Anchor Brewing Company produced a limited edition beer (under the Ninkasi label) based on the recipe.