Originally Posted by a64pilot
I've also read that in days gone by that beer was a staple food source?
More than that. Beer may have been what started agriculture, not bread.
Archeologists are looking at why agriculture started.
Simple beer brewing is just some grains left in a container of water for a few weeks and natural bacteria in the air can ferment it. Drink it and you get a buzz.
Chuck a bit of fruit in and the sugar of the fruit alcoholises better and you get drunker.
Getting shitfaced is a much better motivation to planting a crop instead of walking a few miles to get it.
Oh, and as you k.ow, once you get a brew going if you stop it you need to start at the beginning again. So there's an imperative to growing a supply.
Beer may well have started civilization.
Mark the Drunk