Origins of Alcohol Part 3 – Ancient Egypt

(Also check out Origins of Alcohol Part 2) Today, let’s explore a area that most people will be much more familiar with through popular culture – Ancient Egypt!  The Ancient Egyptians were a remarkable and interesting people; Ancient Egypt is one of six known civilizations to have arisen “independently” by historians.  I find that terminology a…

Origins of Alcohol Part 2 – Ninkasi, Sumerian Goddess of Beer

(Also see Origins Part 1) Our early story of alcohol takes us on a large jump 6000km to the west of Jiahu to what is now Iraq and Syria.  This area is called Mesopotamia (Greek for “land between rivers” referring to the Tigris and Euphrates) and is considered to be the cradle of western civilization….

Origins of Alcohol Part 1 – Jiahu, World’s Oldest Alcohol

There is a fundamental human physiological compulsion to satiate thirst; it is second in our compulsions only to breathing, and followed closely by food and sex – usually in that order.  Once our base need for hydration is met, what follows is the desire to explore the possibilities of taste and experience, and this is…