Brew Like an Egyptian

5,000-year-old brewery reveals ancient secrets

Brew Like an Egyptian
Archaeologists uncovered large vats where brewers cooked grain to prep for fermentation; beer was usually dispensed in large jugs such as these. (Courtesy NYU/Princeton)
From the Jun 30, 2021, issue

Archaeologists have posited that ancient Egyptian workers were partially paid in beer. But where did it all come from? Princeton University and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts announced that their joint archaeological team had uncovered the world’s oldest-known industrial-size brewery at the southern Egyptian ruins of Abydos, shedding light on the scale of early Egypt's beer production and its uses.

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