The Process and History of Brewing

Brewing has taken place since around the 6th millennium BC. Descriptions of various beer recipes can be found in cuneiform (the oldest known writing) from ancient Mesopotamia.

It is believed that beer may have come from cereal! As almost any cereal containing certain sugars can undergo spontaneous fermentation due to wild yeasts in the air, it is possible that beer-like beverages were independently developed throughout the world soon after a tribe or culture had domesticated cereal. Here’s a basic brewing process:

Preparation of beer in ancient times was similar to brewing procedures used today. Of course, the invention of refrigeration, mash tuns, cask, kegs etc. have allowed larger quantities of beer to be produced at once and much more quality control to take place.

Brewers of Egypt and the Middle East passed their skill on to the ancient Greeks, who shared it with the Romans. The Greeks and Romans, however, lived in a climate where grape vines flourished, and wine was the beverage of choice for them. Many Greeks, in fact, considered beer a drink only for barbarians (how times have changed!).

The process for brewing beer has differed only slightly but what’s important to note is that the more individual attention a beer gets, the better it will taste, which is why Grey Trees take great care over brewing every single last drop of ale, to make sure you get the best possible craft ale. Come and get some traditionally brewed Welsh beer at Grey Trees.