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The complete large straw-tempered Egyptian beer jars from Hierakonpolis in the background. Source:  Journal of Anthropological Archaeology

The Egyptian Beer Recipe Is the Oldest In the World (Video)

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Amidst the grandeur of Egyptian history lies an enduring legacy—the art of brewing beer. Hieroglyphs within Pharaohs' chambers unveil a civilization sustained by this liquid gold. Collaborating with modern brewers, archaeologists embark on an odyssey to decode the secrets of ancient beer-making. From Egypt's deserts to Nefertiti's sun temple, excavations reveal a culinary time capsule. Beer, a staple for ancient Egyptians, crafted with barley and a distinct wheat, emerges as a vital elixir. The meticulous process involves pounding wheat, grinding grain, and fermenting in specialized jars—reconstructed by contemporary brewers.

In a remote village echoing ancient practices, families contribute to the quest. Flavors of coriander and the bitterness of the back fruit, reminiscent of Pharaohs' cups, are uncovered. The resurrection of Nefertiti's beer challenges notions of ancient simplicity, revealing a sophisticated brewing tradition. As vessels from the past yield their secrets, a tangible link between modern experimentation and ancient practices emerges—a toast to the enduring spirit of Egypt's liquid legacy.

Top image: The complete large straw-tempered Egyptian beer jars from Hierakonpolis in the background. Source:  Journal of Anthropological Archaeology

By Robbie Mitchell

 
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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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