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Believe it or not, Ancient Egyptians circa 5000 B.C. have documented the process of making beer, along with Babylonian, Assyrian, Hebrew, Chinese, and Inca cultures. Each used their indigenous plants such as pomegranates, dates, wheat, though barley may have been used as well.
Probably not what what we would be used to tasting, its possible these ceremony drinks were drank both by pharaohs and commoners of the time.
We've all seen Cleopatra! No? well its 4 hours and way too long for most... Beer called Cerevisia by the Romans. They introduced beer to the European clans while busy attempting to conquer them. Introduced to beer by the Egyptians, Rome made and improved on the mix, and possibly even improved on the different tastes that different ingredients provided.
The romans enjoyed their concoctions and at the time would have been used for daily consumption
So Beer up to this point is used as a daily source of drink mainly because there are no clean sources of water...
Its around this time that we begin to think of the birth of modern beer.
Arguably the German monks have discovered hops as the mix for balancing the sweetness of barley. Not only that, hops extends the life of beer and provides just the right amount of bitterness.
Beyond Hops, monks are credited for lagers, and cold storage. Most Belguim whites are still made in old Monk breweries.
The running joke, the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. Why? Because they ran out of beer and needed to make more!
Between 1612 and 1680 NY, Pennsylvania become brewery haven's. Most beers through the 1800's were English style, until a new influx of immigrants from countries like Ireland, Germany, Belgium re-introduced new styles of beer. Soon Americans were brewing more lighter and happier beers that would dominate their darker and heavier cousins.
So 1880 there are about 2000+ breweries in the U.S. by 1914, competition has forced successful breweries to about 1500. Along comes Prohibition. From 1920 to 1933, it was illegal to consume alcoholic beverages in the U.S.A. Most regional breweries are doomed. Some survive by making ice cream, and soda.
Prohibition ends in 1933. Its now 1935 and there are only 160 beer brewing companies in existence. Those who managed to evolve during this time were now able to create cheap beers. Budweiser is one of these companies and by 1966 can tout over 10million barrels sold per year.
in 1976 New Albion is the first in the rebirth of brewpubs and micro breweries, starting in California. by 1991 the U.S. is producing up to 20% of the worlds' beer volume.
By the late 20th century beer consumption had spiked at over 5 1/2 billion gallons.
What started out as something to drink because water was contaminated turned out to be one of the most widely sold items in the world. Recently beer sales exceeding 50 Billion with the worlds largest single-site brewery (Coors in Colorado) making over 300 Million cases.