It is believed by many, that when mankind began to cultivate grain to create bread and beer, it led to our ability to develop technology and civilizations. The beer has a story to tell and that too an interesting one. Nobody knows when, but it is believed that Sumerians stumbled across the process of fermentation thousands of years ago in modern day Iraq. Roughly 7000 years later, beer is the third most popular beverage in the world. What we do know for sure is that beer, like wine, only grew better (and popular?) with time. The Babylonians loved it, the Sumerians wrote a hymn about it (Oh, yes) and the Egyptians even put it on the daily diet. No wonder their Gods borrowed heads from animals.
Beer brewing then migrated to Europe over the course of history and found a soft spot among all the colonial rulers. Somewhere around the 900 AD, one fine gentleman in the Czech Republic decided to be more innovative about his beer and replaced barley with hops. And voila! The modern-day beer was born. With the advancements in the brewing techniques, beer evolved in taste and appearance. It became more and more distilled and historically speaking; beer was (and should) always chosen over water as the safer drink. Around 1516, Germans came up with Reinheitsgebot, the beer purity law. It stated that water, barley and hops should be the only three ingredients in beer. It took them a few centuries to add yeast to the list again, but nobody complained. Cut to the 1700s and Industrialization in Europe had started making life easier.
Now we can't exactly call it easy if we aren't cracking open some cold ones in our leisure, can we? Yes, the beer had a major role in the whole industrialization process, and in turn, it got introduced to the United States. The popularity grew exponentially until people in the constitution decided to criminalize manufacture, transport and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1919. 14 years later the prohibition was removed (Thank You, Al Capone) and people started mixing more and more water in the brews (seriously?!). And there you go. Lite beer was introduced to the world. Now, people were spoiled for choice but somehow both the types of beers had their share of popularity, and both of them survived the Second World War.
It is safe to say that the beer market had its share of ups and downs. But its story not only educates but entertains us too. The art of crafting beer has lived to tell the tale, and today beer connoisseurs have both the resources and the ability to brew new varieties according to the taste and preferences. These days we have many countless varieties, and each would have the different set of glassware to drink in. So in all of the beer's ancient history, there wasn't a better time to grab a mug, pour some and chug some. After all, ain't no time special to have a real good time.