13000 years of beer history

13000 years of beer history

13000 years of beer history

11000 B.C. DISCOVERY OF BEER

Natufian Hunters Gatherers (Israel) settle to grow grain, brew beer and create the first civilizations. This is Neolithic time.

10000 B.C. icon 10000 B.C.

First production of bread.

4100 B.C. icon 4100 B.C.

Discovery of wine.

3900 B.C. THE HYMN TO NINKASI

The world's oldest known beer recipe comes from a poem (Mesopotamia).

1754 B.C. HAMMURABI'S CODE

The oldest law code defines rules concerning growing, harvesting and selling grain and brewing beer!

735 B.C. THE NECTAR OF THE GODS icon 735 B.C. THE NECTAR OF THE GODS

The Romans named the drink “Cerevicia” or “Cervisia” to pay tribute to Ceres, the goddess of agriculture.

500 A.D. MONASTIC BEERS

Monks start brewing beer to sustain pilgrims.

822 A.D. FIRST USE OF HOP icon 822 A.D. FIRST USE OF HOP

Earliest reference of hops used to spice and preserve beer came courtesy of Adalhard the Elder, of a Benedictine monastery in France.

1240 icon 1240

The Abbey of Leffe serves beer to travelers and pilgrims. Beer was safer than water thanks to the boiling process.

1363 icon 1363

Brewed in the heart of Munich, Bavaria. “Hefe-Weissbier”, literally means “Yeast-Wheat”.

1366 icon 1366

Brewery De Hoorn, in Belgium, is the oldest root of Stella Artois.

1445 icon 1445

Hoegaarden becomes a Witbier brewing town thanks to the tax break on wheat granted by the Prince Bishop of Liege (check his staff on our beer label).

1516 GERMAN PURITY LAW icon 1516 GERMAN PURITY LAW

Duke Wilhelm IVth Introduce a decree defining which only ingredients can be used to brew beer: Water, Barley Malt and Hops.

1757 THE BIRTH OF IPA icon 1757 THE BIRTH OF IPA

First IPA shipped from England to India.

1810 FIRST OKTOBERFEST icon 1810 FIRST OKTOBERFEST

On 12th October 1810, the first Oktoberfest was held in Munich, celebrating a royal wedding. Spaten (1397) and Löwenbräu (1690) are 2 of the only 6 breweries of Muncih serving Oktoberfest beers!

1857 LOUIS PASTEUR

Until Louis Pasteur discovery of fermentation by yeast in 1857, fermentation was thought to be “magic”. At the same time he identified bacterias which was the first step to the invention of vaccines!

1873 icon 1873

Carl von Linde, a German engineer, develops the first equipment to create industrial cold for the brewery of Spaten (Munich). This would allow to produce beer all year round.

1876 icon 1876

Inspired by the beers from Budejovice (Bohemia), Budweiser is launched in US using local signature of polished rice and beechwood aging.

1925 icon 1925

Birth of Corona in Mexico City.

1926 icon 1926

Birth of Stella Artois. Its name is inspired by the Christmas star (“stella” in Latin).

April 7th 1933 icon April 7th 1933

First appearance of Budweiser Clydesdales in celebration of the repeal of prohibition.

1975 CASCADE HOP icon 1975 CASCADE HOP

First use of the Popular Cascade Hop Variety.

August 3rd 2008 INTERNATIONAL BEER DAY icon August 3rd 2008 INTERNATIONAL BEER DAY

First celebrated in August 2008, the IBD was created to bring the world together by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures.

2016 UNESCO icon 2016 UNESCO

UNESCO has listed Belgium’s beer culture among the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

2018 6 NEW BEER STYLES REGITERED icon 2018 6 NEW BEER STYLES REGITERED

The BJCP – beer style authority – has officially registered 6 new beer styles. New England IPA, New Zealand Pilsner, Grisette, Burton Ale, Mexican Lager and Catharina Sour!

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