The Search for the World’s Oldest Alcohol

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Before the brewpub there was the brew cave.

In Israel’s Raqefet Cave archaeologists recently reported traces of what could be the earliest known beer production 13,000 years ago.

The evidence comes from three stone mortars, analyzed in a 2018 Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports paper. After extracting residues from the rocks, the researchers identified plant molecules, including wheat or barley starches that appeared malted, mashed and fermented — the main ingredients and basic step

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