Brewed in Us: The Human Connection to Beer 

Adam King and Dr. Colleen Delaney 

Abstract

Beer has been integrated into human cultures for thousands of years. We can see evidence of beer through archaeological remains, theological texts, and mythologies. Beer also played a major role in agriculture; grains were mass produced to provide beer for both kings and peasants alike. With the rise of beer comes the rise of brewers, an artisan group who are, still to this day, responsible for the production of beer. This capstone illustrates the roles beer has had throughout history and the world, from payment for laborers building the Great Pyramids, to a modern day global market and the rise of the craft beer industry. This research has an experimental aspect with an ancient beer style: the ancient Sumerian recipe as described in the Hymn of Ninkasi (18,000 BC). I determine an efficient, period correct, and most palatable recipe using ingredients of the time period, and discuss yeast strains present at the time.

Presentation

Session 1 – 1:30p.m. – 2:45p.m.

Room A – Sierra 1411 

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