If you are a history buff and a beer enthusiast, you probably already know that beer has been around since before Christ. In fact, the first evidence of actual brewing was found on a tablet that praised the Sumerian Beer Goddess titled A “Hymn to Ninkasi” dating back to 1800 BC. Over the centuries the process of brewing beer has become an art or craft. And today there are thousands of breweries. In the United States alone, there are over 7000 craft breweries which include brewpubs, and microbreweries. Raising the Bar Liquors, your favorite best liquor store Lee’s Summit, dives into the history and terms of craft beer.
Beer Facts Through History
580 – Saint Arnold of Metz aided in helping to end a plague by persuading people that beer was better for them to drink than water because water was impure.
1573 – A beer “purity law” was created in Bavaria, still in effect today, stating that beer could only be made with water, barley and hops. This law was later adjusted to add that both yeast and wheat were permitted.
1716 – The Wayside Inn Tavern opened. Located in Sudbury Massachusetts, the Wayside Inn is the oldest Operating inn in the United states. The Inn is recognized by Longfellow in his book Tales of a Wayside Inn.
1842 – Schaefer Brewing Company was founded. Schaefer Brew Co is said to be the home of the oldest American lager and is still operating today but is now owned by Pabst.
1919-1933 – Prohibition outlawed all sales of alcohol in the United states, which formed the 18th Amendment. The Amendment was later adjusted in 1933 allowing the sale of beer with a 3.2% alcohol level. In 1933 the 24st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment.
1957 – Michal Jackson noted as the Beer Hunter, had his first beer in Yorkshire. He later wrote the book “The World Guide to Beer” which is said to be a major inspiration for the worlds “beer revolution.”
1965 – Anchor, became the first modern craft brewery.
1982 – Cascade Hops was developed and released in 1972. This was a pivotal moment for brewers in America as Cascade hops became the aroma and flavor for beer in the United States.