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The beer we drink today has a very interesting and long history The earliest time tracked on the making of beer can be traced back to approximately six thousand years to the Sumarians of ancient Mesopotamia Sumarians discovered a fermentation process when apiece of bread was left in water for a period of time and began to ferment They found the mixture to be appealing and repeated this process labeling it as Divine and offered it to their GodsIn Two BC When the Sumarian empire collapsed and the Babylonians became rulers of Mesopotamia they began the process of the art of beer brewing At that time they learn to make upwards of twenty types of beer The beer brewing tradition was carried on by the Egyptians who learn to flavor their beer with unbaked bread dough and dates The Egyptians viewed beer drinking as sacred The Greeks and Romans also mastered the art of beer brewing Even though the Romans viewed beer as a drink for the less fortunate it later became consumed throughout the land as a drink of choice when wine was hard to find The beer brewing process remained a womans job until the end of the first millennium After this time monastery breweries began practicing the brewing process Because of their religious requirements of fasting monks used beer to satisfy the monks appetite because the consumption of liquids did not break the rules of fasting So during these time of religious fasting monks consumed large quantities of beer The monks are also known with being the first to use hops in flavoring beer The art of brewing continued along smoothly till around 1765 when the steam engine was introduced This is when industrialization began to play a major part in the brewing industry Brewer began using steam power and was called Steam Beer Breweries This process made brewing more efficient and allowed brewers to increase their output
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