The Ancient Greeks Drank Beer Too

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Ancient Greece is famous for its wine. Read any of the epic literature and you will run into frequent references to it. However, a new study suggests that beer may have been just as common in ancient Greece as wine.

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Several buildings suspected of being breweries were discovered at Archondiko and Agrissa that were both destroyed by fire. Archaeologists inspecting the sites found the burnt remains of extremely old sprouted cereal grains that were likely used to brew beer.

The Archondiko grains date back to the Bronze Age, sometime around 2100 to 2000 BC. The Agrissa grains, of which there were significantly more, are newer, dating to sometime between 2100 and 1700 BC.


The beer hypothesis is lent further credence by the discovery of chambers at Archondiko that look like they were built to maintain low temperatures for the brewing process. Archaeologists also found cups near the burnt grains at both sites.

Beer was around long before it was (potentially) brewed in Greece. Wine came first, around 6000 BC, while beer was probably invented by the Egyptians around 3200 BC.

Check out this fascinating and thirst-inducing timeline of beer's history.

Beer was typically drunk, in ancient times, through a straw. Weird, we agree.

Some brewers have started recreating ancient beer recipes. The results look delicious. Check out this clip.

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Matt lives in Southern California. He is interested in politics, history, literature and the natural world.