As word etymologist John Ciardi said, “Fermentation and civilization are inseparable.”
We humans have been putting microbes to work for us for over 8,000 years, starting in ancient Egypt. If you watched the Discovery channel’s Brew Masters episode, Ancient Ale, you’ll know that beer and bread are closely aligned. Archeologists suspect that a piece of bread fell into a vat of soaking grain, making a gruel with yeast to begin the fermentation process. In those days, beer was used as payment for work.
Nowadays, we consume over 34,000,000,000 gallons of beer annually for the pleasure of simply slaking our thirst.
- Brew your own recession beer like the ancients (ancientfoods.wordpress.com)
- The saga of the “Oh Well, What the Hell” Pale Ale. Off Flavors. (52beers.wordpress.com)
- From Beer to Life on Mars: The Seven Wonders of Microbes (brainpickings.org)