Tuesday Beer Trivia: Beer History

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Test yourself to see if you know the roots of our favorite beverage in this Tuesday Beer Trivia.

Homebrewing is as old as civilization itself! See if you’re the history buff you think you are in this week’s Tuesday Beer Trivia.

After you take the Beer Trivia quiz below, scroll down to “Beer Trivia Answer Explanations” section to learn more about beer’s history.

Beer Trivia Answer Explanations

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The following explanations were taken from Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher.

Question 1: The Sumerians were very fond of beer and by 3000 BCE, the art of beer was well-established.

Question 2: The cakes were considered an “instant mash” because adding them to hot water would have been an easy and portable way to get brewing started.

Question 3: True. In 3000 BCE, women were the brewers as well as the retailers of beer. Ninkasi was the daughter of Ninhursag, the Mother Goddess.

Question 4: Many early adopters of hops were “free” cities beyond the reach of the church, and as such were not obligated to use gruit. At that time brewers of gruit beer were known as “red” beer brewers. Those using hops brewed “white” beer, which usually included a fair amount of wheat in the grist along with barley.

Question 5: Steam engines were developed and used for mining as early as 1700, but the brewing industry had to wait until the improvements of James Watt and others made them practical for such work.