If you are a fan of brewing your own beer, then you are well aware of the joys that it can bring you. There are few things more satisfying than enjoying a great tasting beer, and that beer is even more satisfying if you know that you are the one who brewed it. Most people, when they want to drink some beer, simply buy it from the store. If they are willing to spend a few extra bucks, then they might decide to head to their local bar and drink some beer on tap. Probably the closest that they have ever come to drinking a home brewed beer is to try some beer that was brewed at their local micro-brewery. You may feel that you are in quite a unique position amongst all your peers and countrymen. Your friends love coming over to your place of residence on evenings and weekends because they love to drink your unique beer that they cannot purchase anywhere else. They have probably asked you whether they can buy some of your beer so many times that you have considered opening a small business of your own in order to sell it.
Although your home brewing skills may seem unique to you, home brewing is an art that has occurred all over the world throughout recorded history. The fact that not many people brew beer nowadays isn’t a very good barometer of the history of beer brewing around the world. Rather, it is merely another indication of the consumerist society that we live in. In times past all over the world, people were well aware that if they wanted something, then they would need to either produce it themselves or produce something that they could trade for the item that they wanted. This was always the case with beer throughout the world. Since beer and other alcoholic beverages are nearly universally loved, most people always wanted to make sure that they always had a batch of beer brewing somewhere in their home. This batch of beer could then be used for parties, celebrations, or even for a bit of personal use when someone wanted to relax.
The earliest beer brewing around the world probably happened in ancient Mesopotamia. Most historians and archaeologists think that this is the case because it is the earliest period in which there is a word that seems to describe a consciously brewed alcoholic beverage. Even today, our word “beer” is a derivative of the word the Mesopotamians used to describe their beverage. These ancient people were among the first agriculturalists of the human race. Prior to that, most of humanity were hunter-gatherers for hundreds of thousands of years. Without wheat and barley, the hunter-gatherers would have had quite a difficult time brewing beer. They were also largely nomadic, so they didn’t exactly have a safe place inside their home where they could store batches of fermenting beer. That doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t enjoy alcohol whatsoever. Even apes and monkeys today enjoy finding fruit on the ground that has fermented into ethyl alcohol. They readily eat the fermented fruit, and then enjoy the feeling of drunkenness. This suggests that our taste for alcohol extends back many millions of years.
From those first home brewers in the Fertile Crescent, the practice has spread all around the world. The ancient Chinese were well-known for their particular brand of alcohol, and even the Russians couldn’t help but to put their own characteristic spin on the process. During Medieval times in western Europe, beer brewing began to become refined. In particular, people in the British Isles and people in Germany began to cultivate a reputation for some of the best home brewed beer ever produced. When the New World was colonized in the 15th and 16th centuries, the art of home brewing was brought to the Americas. Today, that tradition has been passed on to you.