World’s oldest beer factory with a production capacity of 22,400 litres unearthed in Egypt

The Beer Factory Possibly Dates Back To The Era Of King Narmer

King Narmer founded the First Dynasty and ruled over 5,000 years ago. He also unified Upper and Lower Egypt.

Egyptian and American archaeologists have discovered a brewery in the ancient Egyptian city, Abydos and they have claimed that it could be the oldest beer-producing factory in the world. 

According to a report, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Wazir has said that the factory possibly dates back to the reign of King Narmer. 

Many historians consider him as the founder of the First Dynasty of Egypt, dating back to 3100 BC. Dr. Matthew Adams of the Institute of Fine Arts holds that the factory used to provide beer following royal rituals, as the archaeologists have found evidence of the use of beer in ancient rites at the site

According to New York University’s Mathew Adams, this factory was capable of producing 22,400 liters of beer at a time — that’s nearly 50,000 pints.

For workers, like the ones who built the pyramids of Giza, 10 pints of beer were provided as a daily ration to get them through the day. Even more was consumed during festivities and special occasions.

A Statement by the ministry said that the existence of the brewery was first discovered by British archaeologists at the beginning of the 20th century. However, the location of the brewery was never determined.

Now, the archaeologists have finally discovered it and found eight massive units there. Each unit is 20 metres long and 2.5 metres wide. Also, each unit includes 40 pottery basins in two rows. Excavators are believing that ancient Egyptians used these pottery basins to heat up grains mixed with water to produce beer.

The ministry shared pictures of the site on Facebook:

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