Beer Timeline

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  • c. 5000 BCE
    Godin Tepe settled.
  • c. 3500 BCE - c. 3100 BCE
    Beer brewed at Godin Tepe.
  • c. 2250 BCE
    Beer brewed in Egypt.
  • c. 2150 BCE - c. 2000 BCE
    Written form of the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, which mentions beer.
  • 2050 BCE
    The Alulu Beer Receipt Tablet written at the city of Ur.
  • c. 1800 BCE
    Written form of the Hymn to Ninkasi, the goddess of beer.
  • c. 1800 BCE
  • c. 1700 BCE
    The Code of Hammurabi, with laws regulating beer, written at Babylon.
  • 800 BCE
    Beer brewed in Germany.
  • 496 BCE - 406 BCE
    Life of Greek playwright Sophocles, who suggests moderation in drinking beer.
  • 56 CE - 117 CE
    Life of the Roman writer Tacitus who mentions beer in his work.
  • 179 CE
    Beer brewed at the Roman outpost Casta Regina on the Danube.
  • 331 CE - 363 CE
    Life of the Roman Emperor Julian who wrote poem disparaging beer.
  • 770 CE
    King Charlemagne appoints brewers. Beer brewed in France.
  • c. 1600 CE
    The Finnish Saga of Kalevala written down from older sources. Describes creation of beer using hops.