Beer in Ancient Egypt

Although the richest fond of wine, the national drink of’Ancient Egypt was the beer, which it was made with the same dough base of the bread (

Once ready, The beer was then stored in specific containers, in special pitchers in practice, who became the hieroglyphic symbol of the drink itself.

The more information about beer brewing in Egypt we learn from wall paintings, which illustrate perfectly and with minutia detail the main steps of the process implemented to obtain the blonde drink.

Much loved by farmers and craftsmen, but not disdained even by the upper classes, Egyptian beer was made from barley, although from Amenhotep II (New Kingdom) it was decided to replace this ingredient with spelled; the resulting beer from barley was in fact quite murky and needed to be filtered, that produced by the spelled instead was totally free of debris, and then immediately clear without any need for additional interventions.

The yeast was derived from an alcohol compound that generally was the date wine, in turn obtained by simply pounding dried dates with their feet.


The mixture obtained, purified, It was placed in clay pots the fermentation; beer obtained at the end of this complex processing was much alcohol and flavor similar to that of our white wine (Photo gives: