Did You Know?

Women were the first brewers, and often referred to as brewsters.

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Years and years ago, there was a Sumerian deity named Ninkasi known as the goddess of alcohol; more specifically, her name translated to the “lady who fills the mouth.” Ninkasi, the brewer to the gods themselves, defined that women were to brew beer.

Egyptian art has also depicted that women were the common brew masters of their civilization.

Fast forwarding to the medieval times, tavern keepers across Europe were primarily women. Brewing beer was learned well before the emergence of wine, as beer was a valuable source of vitamins that replenished a common diet of dried, salted meats. During this era, beer was safer to drink than water. Not-so-fun fact: tavern keepers were punished for bad or spoiled beer because of how critically it was depended on.

After the colonization of America, women still were the family brewsters. Their beers were crafted from harvested corn, oats, wheat, pumpkin, and more. The boiling of worts and use of hops was non-existent, but turning bottles weekly during fermentation was surely part of the process.

Brewing was considered a domestic, homemaker’s task until the late 18th century. By this time, beer was beginning to be brewed at a larger scale and become commercialized. As there was money to be had, the beer business became a male-dominant boom.

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