Tonight we’re gonna homebrew like it’s 1800 B.C.
Tech Times takes a quick look back at the oldest beer recipe ever discovered—a hymn to Ninkasi, the Sumerian goddess of brewing and beer. An excerpt:
“Ninkasi, you are the one who spreads the cooked mash on large reed mats,
You are the one who holds with both hands the great sweet wort,
Brewing [it] with honey [and] wine…”
Miguel Civil, a professor of Sumerology at the University of Chicago, translated the poem from two clay tablets in 1966. It wasn’t until 1991 that someone bothered to brew it: Fritz Maytag, founder of Anchor Brewing in San Francisco.