The History of Beer

The History of Beer
The story of how beer developed to offer the variety there is today

7000 BC: Villagers in China brewed fermented alcoholic drinks
3000 BC: Barley beer was being produced in the mountains of Iran
822 AD: The first mention of hops being used to flavor beer
1000: Beer was popular in medieval times, partly because the brewing process killed off diseases
1420: Bottom-fermented beers were discovered by accident and are known today as lagers
1721: The first reference of Porter, a dark and strong beer, which was created in London
1750: Beer production moved from artisanal and domestic to industrial manufacture
1817: D. Wheeler invented the drum roaster, allowing the production of dark, roasted malts
1820: G. Sedlmay produced pale lager by mixing pale ale and lagering techniques
1953: M. Coutts created continuous fermentation, which is still used commercially in New Zeland
1971: CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) founded to support real ale production and pubs
1989: Plastic widget discs were put in canned beer to create a smooth head when poured
2010: A 55% abv ale called ‘The End of History’ is claimed to be the strongest beer produced to date
2012: National Planning Policy Frameworks (NPPF) was created and has helped save pubs from closure.

The History of Beer

shared by swhite on Jul 06, 2012 in Food


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The history of beer dates back over 9,000 years to when fermented alcoholic drinks were first being brewed in rural China. This timeline charts the evolution of beer and brewing up to the present day.
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