In the past people drank mead which was an alcoholic beverage which was the precursor of beer. It had a much lower alcohol content and as people experimented with their mead recipes I expect beer was invented. Mead can be traced back to 7000 BC, Beer to 5500 BC and it was a way to provide something to drink since the purity of water could seldom be guaranteed. Beer was often used as a treatment for illness and the invention of bread and beer has been argued to be responsible for humanity's ability to develop technology and build civilization.
A toast to history.
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