The beer has always been perceived as a man’s drink, but the original brewers actually were women.
Archaeologists have placed the first signs of beer to about 5,000 years ago.
The first written beer recipe is recognized to be the “hymns to Ninkasi,” from approximately 1800 B.C.E Ninkasi was the Sumerian goddess of brewing.
It was recorded in form of a prayer.
Women of that time period were attached to brewing, as it was a kitchens task and Additionally, the only woman on the Sumerian list of kings was Kubaba, and she was appointed as such due to her work as a brewer.
As beer became a product to sell, in early Mesopotamia, women were still in charge of the beer brewing.
[The Babylonian language ] Akkadian is a gendered language and every time a law is listed for anything having to do with a tavern-like not overcharging for beer, every mention of tavern owners use “She” – Patty Hamrick, writer, via ‘Huffington Post’.
Fast forward thousands of years to when beer ultimately went from a cottage industry to big business. Guilds and government officials comprised of men began to take over for profit.
Brewing moved from kitchens to industries, and with the profit margins soon men took over the business. In fact, the first association of brewery workers met in 1447 to protect themselves from “innkeeper, woman and provost.”
By the industrial revolution brewing and shipping of beer was happening worldwide. by the 20th century, beer was in the hands of men.
The world was taken over by beer, to date one of the most popular and easily accessible drinks.
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