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Offline Pack93z  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:35:36 AM(UTC)
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Forget politics:

Beer - The root of all evil and good in the world. ;)


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Beer Lubricated the Rise of Civilization, Study Suggests

May beer have helped lead to the rise of civilization? It's a possibility, some archaeologists say.

Their argument is that Stone Age farmers were domesticating cereals not so much to fill their stomachs but to lighten their heads, by turning the grains into beer. That has been their take for more than 50 years, and now one archaeologist says the evidence is getting stronger.

Signs that people went to great lengths to obtain grains despite the hard work needed to make them edible, plus the knowledge that feasts were important community-building gatherings, support the idea that cereal grains were being turned into beer, said archaeologist Brian Hayden at Simon Fraser University in Canada.

"Beer is sacred stuff in most traditional societies," said Hayden, who is planning to submit research on the origins of beer to the journal Current Anthropology.

The advent of agriculture began in the Neolithic Period of the Stone Age about 11,500 years ago. Once-nomadic groups of people had settled down and were coming into contact with each other more often, spurring the establishment of more complex social customs that set the foundation of more-intricate communities.

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"It's not that drinking and brewing by itself helped start cultivation, it's this context of feasts that links beer and the emergence of complex societies," Hayden said.




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About 1,500 years before the modern world discovered the antibiotic tetracycline, North Africans were fermenting and consuming it, probably for most of their lives, according to a chemical analysis of the bones of people who lived along the Nile.

The ancient human remains were recovered near the Sudanese-Egyptian border, where species of tetracycline-producing bacteria inhabit the soil. This region, in Northeastern Africa, was once known as Nubia. Much of it is was flooded when the Nile River was dammed.

The practice of brewing beer was widespread in the region, including in Ancient Egypt to the north, and the researchers think the Nubians fermented Streptomyces or related species with their grain to brew a thick, sour beer spiked with tetracycline. And everyone, from about 2 years old and up, consumed it.
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Offline Pack93z  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:48:01 AM(UTC)
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Counterpoint (in a round about way) to this would be.. the the disappearance of these community gathers is what is bringing our civilization down.. the internet and all its social mediums is tearing apart the need for these gathering.

Heck, I have not met a person on this website or others like it but have held conversations with them for years... some close to a decade.

And none of that required a single malted beverage to be consumed... at least not in company.

However one could argue that a site like this is the new beer element to society... but is it the same?
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Offline Pack93z  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, February 13, 2013 3:07:28 PM(UTC)
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Even a post about beer.. and a justification to the fairer half.. goes eeerily silent on the board.


Maybe it needs to be coupled with a Brat. :)
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