Wednesday, November 7

how did women invent beer

how did women invent beer

While beer is still one of the most widely consumed alcoholic beverages in the world today, its history, relatively unknown and still holds some surprises. Because if a beer has often been represented in our contemporary times as a symbol of male virility, it has not always been so.

In a long investigation, Ulyces magazine traces the genesis of beer, invented by women, and looks back at the history and hard work of those who created it 9,000 years ago in the Middle East. 

First called "liquid bread", the drink would have come into being a little by chance, after the involuntary fermentation of barley grains over an entire night. In Egypt, Mesopotamia, Scandinavia, the Celts, and the Incas, beer was considered a female symbol of fertility and even immortality. 

Progressive exclusion 

However, beer was not perceived in the same way in different parts of the world. Thus, because it was made and consumed by women, "the Greeks and Romans despised beer, a women's drink, and preferred wine to it," the magazine wrote. But not only that. In the minds of the Greeks and Romans, the drink was also perceived as a "barbarian" drink, like the adventures of Asterix. 

"[Beer] was particularly popular in Gaul, and known as "Cervoise". This is where the barrel appeared, which made it possible to better control the fermentation and storage of beer. And there too, it was made by women." While the industrial revolution caused and accelerated the decline of artisanal breweries, it also had the effect of gradually excluding women from the production process, or relegating them to minor positions, such as bottling.

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