History, Chemistry, and Cold Beer

How a Mesopotamian mix-up led to 8,000 years of cold suds. Ancient civilizations in the Middle East made a bread out of malted barley. When that bread got mixed with water, met some airborne yeast and was left to sit in the dark, the bakers fell over when they tried to drink it.

That’s how the legend goes anyway. Beer and other fermented drinks have been behind our transition from hunter-gatherers to agriculture, many advances in early chemistry and even how we organized early American towns.

Since all graduate student paths lead to beer, it’s high time we scientists get to know our best friend’s origins.

(via Inside Science)

History, chemistry, and beer. Such quality!