U.S. men — and women — love beer. As testament to that, there have been craft breweries springing up all over the country of late. But men need to realize something — they have women to thank for that liquid gold. Click through to find out why men should be paying homage to women in the beer arena, then spread the word.
1. Women invented beer
According to The Telegraph, men can thank women for their beloved beer. Author Jane Peyton, 48, says women actually created beer. And there’s more: She claims that for thousands of years women only were allowed to operate breweries and drink beer. Stop for a moment. Try to think of men not having control over ancient breweries — sounds farfetched, no?
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2. Beer’s roots
A woman’s touch has been found on beer throughout time — who woulda guessed? According to The Telegraph and Jane Peyton, skilled female beer makers started brewing the ale nearly 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia and Sumeria. In addition to women being the only ones permitted to brew beer, they were the only ones who were allowed to run taverns.
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3. These are the goddesses of brew
In nearly all ancient societies, according to The Telegraph, it was thought that beer was a gift from a goddess, not a male god. Here are the names of some beer goddesses:
- Abundantia: Roman Goddess of Abundance
- Abonde: Welsh Goddess of Abundance
- Accla: Incan female keepers of the sacred fires, who also brewed beer
- Albina: Arcadian, British, and Irish White Barley Goddess
- Arnemetia: Celtic River Goddess
- Ashnan: Mesopotamian/Sumerian Goddess of Grain
- Hapi: Egyptian Goddess of Barley
- Hoppiata: Goddess of the Hop
- Hathor: Egyptian Goddess of Drunkenness
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4. Some strange ingredients went into the first beer
According to The Telegraph, Vikings went on their terrifying European rampages between the eight and 10 centuries fueled by the beer women made. In Norse society, women brewed beer exclusively — and all of their brewing equipment was their property by law. Women started making beer in ancient Finland as well, and rumor has it that wild honey and bear saliva were among the first ingredients.
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5. British beer’s history
Women typically made beer at home in England, according to The Telegraph. The women were called ale-wives or brewsters, and many sold the drink to make significant income for their families. Beer became a staple of the English diet quickly. Even royalty loved the beverage, and Queen Elizabeth I drank it for breakfast — like most people did then — and at other times during the day.
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6. Women got phased out
Today, beer is marketed heavily — to men. And Homer Simpson is the epitome of a beer-loving man. How did women get cut out of the picture? According to The Telegraph, when the Industrial Revolution began in the late 18th century, men found easier and faster ways to make beer and women’s contributions to the industry started to wane.
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7. Little-known female inventions
Women have invented more than beer. But do you know anything they created off the top of your head? Here’s a list of little-known female inventions, according to HuffPost.
- Windshield wipers: Mary Anderson came up with them during soon after making stormy trip from Alabama to New York — and having to stop frequently to wipe the windshield.
- Monopoly: Game designer Elizabeth Magie designed this iconic board game, originally called The Landlord’s Game.
- Solar-heated homes: Hungarian Dr. Maria Telkes and architect Eleanor Raymond designed the first solar-heated home in the 1940s.
- Kevlar: Stephanie Kwolek researched chemical compounds for DuPont, which led her to patent Kevlar in 1966. In addition, she secured 28 patents during her 40-year career.
- Fire escape: In 1897, Anna Connelly invented the first outdoor fire escape with an external staircase. The fire escape became a mandatory part of many U.S. building safety codes.
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