3150BC Drink of Gods, Priests and Workers
Our nation’s favourite tipple can be dated all the way back to the 32nd Century BC when ancient Egyptians used it to pay the labourers that built their tombs.
These sacred resting places were also filled with beer so that the dearly departed occupant wouldn’t go thirsty. Just like King Scorpion I, who loved ale so much that he filled two rooms within his burial chamber full of precious amber nectar, alongside 700 bottles of wine. That’s one heck of a boozy afterlife! Such was the popularity of beer that the Egyptians even gave it its very own hieroglyphic.