Beer has become one of the top three most popular drinks in the world, only surpassed by water and tea.
It is the most consumed alchoholic beverage on the planet.
Beer is thought by some to be the oldest fermented beverage, possibly dating back to the early Neolithic or 9500 BC, when cereal was first farmed.
The earliest known chemical evidence of barley beer dates to circa 3500 – 3100 BC from the site of Godin Tepe in the Zagros Mountains of western Iran.
Some of the earliest Sumerian writings found in the region contain references to a type of beer; one such example, a prayer to the goddess Ninkasi,
known as "The Hymn to Ninkasi", served as both a prayer as well as a method of remembering the recipe for beer in a culture with few literate people.