I've been reading of bit of Tacitus lately, specifically Germania
which dates from the first century C.E. In it the historian describes the Germanic tribes encountered by the Romans. This passage stood out:
A liquor for drinking bearing a certain resemblance to wine is made by the process of fermentation from barley or other grain.
And people thought of them as barbarians. It is surely a sign of an advanced and highly civilized culture that they brewed beer.
Labels: Beer, Germany, History