not so theological

Well, this is Long Overdue

*Ahem*

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

To whom? Women. Why? “Men owe women for ‘creating beer’ claims academic“:

Yet Miss Peyton said that up until 200 years ago, beer was considered a food and fell into the remit of women’s work. It was only then that men began drinking it and it became what is considered a very male drink.

Miss Peyton has conducted extensive research into the origins of beer for a new book, and discovered to her surprise that a woman’s touch was found on beer throughout the ages.

Nearly 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia and Sumeria, so important were their skills that they were the only ones allowed to brew the drink or run any taverns.

And in almost all ancient societies beer was also then considered to be a gift from a goddess, never a male God.

… Women were the exclusive brewers in Norse society and all equipment by law remained their property.

And Ancient Finland also credits the creation of beer to the fairer sex, with three women, a bear’s saliva and wild honey the apparent first ingredients.

In England ale was traditionally made in the home by women. They were known as brewsters or ale-wives and the sale of the drink provided a valuable income for many households.

It quickly became an essential staple of the diet and even royalty indulged in the tasty beverage.

Queen Elizabeth I, like most people of the era, consumed it for breakfast and at other times of the day.

Now, the monks in Christendom are due credit as well, but in my opinion, attention to one should not eliminate the other. I lift a tasty mug to ’em both.

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