A Brief History Of Beer

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Beer is one of the oldest and most widely drank drinks in the world, but where did our love affair with the beloved pint all begin? We’ve scoured the Internet to find the most interesting facts about the history of beer, one of the nation’s favourite beverages; check out what we found!

  • Whilst many of us think that beer originated in medieval times, archaeologists have found tablets depicting brewing as a respected profession in Iran around 7,000 years ago, with evidence of Babylonians and Sumerians brewing alcoholic drinks as far back as 3,000 years before that! Source.
  • In medieval times, beer was viewed as a nutritious alternative to water, as it was brewed from hops and barley which were jam-packed with calories to keep people energised throughout the day. Source.
  • Ancient Egyptians used beer as medicine! Texts found dating from 1600 BC contain 100 medical prescriptions calling for beer. Source.
  • The oldest commercial brewery still in operation is now over 970 years old! It is at the Weihenstephan Abbey in Bavaria, where brewing began in 1040. Source.
  • Britain loves beer so much that, at one point, the British army issued daily beer rations to each soldier!
  • In Ancient Egypt, there was types of beer called “bride-ale”, which was sold during weddings with all proceeds going to the bride, and “groaning” beer, which was consumed during and after labor by the midwives and mothers. Source.
  • Christianity played a big role in beer making, as abbeys were instrumental in refining brewing methods. Many religious communities were kept in business through beer brewing, as they used the profits they raised from selling beer to keep themselves open! Source.

Great Value Beer Bottles

Fancy trying your hand at brewing your own beer at home? We’ve got plenty of great glass beer bottles that you can use to bottle up your home-brews, with matching crown caps also available, with some of our selection seen below.

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Prices on single units of our glass beer bottles start at just 10p! As well as home-brewers, our bottles are also perfect for use on mass production lines, with fantastic value deals per unit when you buy in pallet quantities. So what are you waiting for? Check out the full range by clicking here!

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