In Fermenting Revolution, I wrote about how the pyramids were built on beer. This much has been known for some time now. Not only do many of the pyramids of Egypt have beer chambers and beer offerings carved in stone, but we also know the builders were given rations of beer.
What we didn’t know, apparently, until now is that these beer drinking masons may have been free men not slaves as some have thought. Building beeramids was heady stuff, so I’m glad to hear the laborers not only enjoyed the stuff themselves but were not tethered to job.
I took the below picture in a museum in Aswan, in Upper Egypt. It shows a skeleton buried with beer jugs.