According to one prominent anthropologist, what lured our ancient ancestors out of their caves may not have been a thirst for knowledge, but a thirst for beer.

Dr. Solomon Katz theorizes that when man learned to ferment grain into beer more than 10,000 years ago, it became one of his most important sources of nutrition. Beer gave people protein that unfermented grain couldn't supply. And besides, it tasted a whole lot better than the unfermented grain did.

But in order to have a steady supply of beer, it was necessary to have a steady supply of beer's ingredients. Man had to give up his nomadic ways, settle down, and begin farming. And once he did, civilization was just a stone's throw away.


Prized possessions were often buried with the remains of important officials in ancient Mesopotamia. A glittering metal tube discovered in one tomb proved to be a golden straw for sipping beer.

Barley for brewing was so important to the early Romans that they honored the grain on their gold and silver coins.
After civilization got rolling, beer was always an important part of it. Noah carried beer on the ark. Sumerian laborers received rations of it. Egyptians made it from barley, Babylonians made it from wheat, and Incas made it from corn.

And so it went, through the centuries. From ancient times to the present day, beer has been an important part of celebration and good fellowship.

And while America's brewers were not making beer in ancient times, we are proud to provide Americans with beers of exceptional quality today.

We hope you will find yourself at a party or other gathering where beer adds to your enjoyment. If so, we suggest you toast our primitive ancestors.

Without their ingenuity, life would be very different, indeed. We wouldn't have fire, the wheel, or any of the other rewards of civilization. Including one of the best rewards of all: beer itself.


Historians have called beer the national drink of ancient Egypt. The pharoahs appointed a "royal chief beer inspector" to protect its quality.

Long before the time of Confucius, the Chinese brewed with millet, a cereal grain. According to the very old sacred books, beer played an important role in early Chinese religious rituals.