Beer Brewing Paralleled the Rise of CivilizationThe idea behind the theories about the early emergence of beer is that grains could be grown in poorer soils and required less water to grow than other crops, such as grapes. Unlike grapes, however, grains had no juice to extract. Therefore, they had to be soaked in water, which led to a natural fermentation process that produced what Julius Caesar described as "a high and mighty liquor."
by Kurt Stoppkotte
National Geographic News
April 24, 2001
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