The history of beer? How it has changed throughout the years

One of the most universally accepted beverages around the world is beer. This is one of the few drinks that transcends cultural, racial and ethnic boundaries. Pretty much anywhere you go in the world, each culture or country has its own brand of beer.

The origins of beer

So, how long has beer actually been around? The first known brewery was discovered in Israel. According to records it dates back thousands of years. Scientists discovered residue of beer that is believed to be 13,000 years old. The beer may have been used during rituals and as a way to honour the deceased.

Beer was brewed as far back as 7000 BC in northern China, where researchers discovered traces of a fermented beverage that seemed to resemble beer. A study in the National Academy of Sciences, which was published in December 2004, discussed that the drink that was found appeared to be made of grapes, honey, berries and rice and is thought to have been consumed by people in the years 7000–6650 BC. This coincides with the time that beer made from barley was beginning to develop in the Middle East.

People in ancient Egypt and ancient Mesopotamia were also enjoying beer. A beer factory was found in Abydos, Egypt, which is believed to be 5,000 years old and is thought to have been used during the time of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Narmer.

Iraq also has a rich history of brewing beer. Writings about brewing in ancient Sumerian language date back approximately 4,000 BC to ancient Iraq (Mesopotamia).

How beers differ from culture to culture

Beer has changed throughout the years with more and more people becoming interested in the different types of beer available locally and globally. Here are some examples of the most popular beers by country:

Ireland – Guinness

Czech Republic – Budweiser Budvar Lager

Pale Lager – Argentinia

Tripel Karmeliet – Belgium

Budweiser – USA

Pilsener – Germany

Asahi Super Dry – Japan


There is no question that beer is the most commonly consumed beverage. It is available in convenience stores, supermarkets and liquor stores alike. Whether it is toasting the birth of child, watching a sporting event with friends, having a birthday party or just consuming a nice beverage after work, beer is definitely one of those drinks that fits all those occasions. No matter where you go in this world, it is a staple in every culture. It’s obviously one of those drinks that have been here for a very long time and should be here for a very long time to come.