Bronze Age "Microbrewery" Unearthed At Cyprus Archaeological Site
Think craft beer is a new trend? Think again! Archaeologists in western Cyprus have recently discovered a type of "microbrewery" dating back to the Bronze Age (in case history wasn't your best subject, that's about 3,500 years ago). Cheers, ancestors!
The excavation includes a mud-plaster domed structure, which is thought to have been used as a kiln to dry malt. Variously flavored beers would have been brewed from the substance and fermented with yeasts, which may have been produced from grapes or figs. The resulting brew may have had an alcohol content of about 5 percent.
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