How old is beer? When did the brewing process begin? Did beer or bread come first? Was beer safer to drink than water? These questions are regularly posed when examining ancient culinary history. Reaching back 12,000 years, this presentation will examine the ancient site of Göbekli Tepe located in Southeastern Turkey and explore some of the oldest known brewing remains to date. The presentation will extend throughout ancient Anatolia and the Levant in hopes of shedding light on the true origins of beer and brewing in the Western World.