In the middle east,the Sumerian people were fermenting a form of bread to make a fermented pulp which had an intoxicating effect - a "divine drink".
The Babylonians had up to 20 different types of beer.
beer and malt has been found buried in the tombs of the Pharoahs to provide sustenance for the afterlife.
Beer was extensively drunk throughout the Roman Empire.
In the Middle Ages the largest brewers were the monasteries.
The Hops added to beer 'reduced the putrefaction' caused by spoilage organisms.
The world's first food ingredient regulation is the German Purity Law or Reinheitsgebot
The new law enabled "the brewer to brew from what he pleases and have a perfect choice of his materials and methods