Beer is the oldest recorded recipe in the world. The ancient Egyptians first documented the brewing process on papyrus scrolls around 5,000 B.C.
Beer eventually made its way from the Middle East across the Mediterranean to Europe, where it became an integral part of life. This was especially true in Northern Europe where abundant barley crops provided ample raw ingredients for brewers. Beer was valued as a safe alternative to drinking often, polluted, water.
It was during the early Middle Ages that what we think of as modern beer was born. Brewers had been using malted barley as the main source of fermentable sugar for hundreds of years, but the use of hops as a bittering and flavouring agent did not become common until around the twelfth century.
Along with Northern European countries like Germany and Belgium, the British Isles too, became a brewing centre. Many styles of beer familiar to drinkers today, have their roots in Britain; pale ales, porters, and stouts have been brewed in England and Ireland for hundreds of years.
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