13,000 years ago, beer began its conquest of the planet ...
Beer was born with the domestication or harvesting of plants rich in starch: cereals, tubers, mealy fruits. Starch became a primary food resource for mankind and the substrate for its fermented beverages. Before this period, known as Neolithic, hunter-gatherers already concocted fermented beverages with everything they could find: fruits, honey, grains, tubers, roots, various plants. Beer itself, a transformation of starch alone, is an invention intimately linked to the Neolithic revolutions that took place in the four corners of the globe.
These revolutions changed human existence: agriculture, breeding, new tools, first cities, sedentary life, exploitation of soil and water, territorial logics and conflicts. We can still feel their technical and social consequences today. They have also shaped the use of fermented beverages among almost all the peoples of the planet.
Beer occupies a special place among fermented drinks. Its ubiquitous presence in the cultures of ancient and contemporary peoples has resulted in a long, rich and exciting history.
Since its origin, beer has never ceased to change. Its modern avatar, the crystalline, sparkling and fresh drink, has only been around for 2 centuries. A drop of time in the eyes of an epic several thousand years old. Most of the metamorphoses of beer have been swallowed up in the tumults of the past. Others have survived. Beer-Studies plunges into this historical bubbling.
To explore its many facets, Beer-Studies offers several approaches.
The global history of beer is presented in the section GLOBAL HISTORY.
Technical files and diagrams can be found in FUNDAMENTALS.
Did you know that Beer-Studies provides essential information and breaks down preconceived ideas.
The EXPLORE section gives access to the articles via a world map and a chronological thread.
The ADVANCED STUDIES section publishes specialized research or documents.
RESOURCES lists bibliographies, various sources and websites dedicated to the history of beer.
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