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Max NelsonProfessor Max Nelson has mapped out the brewing traditions of ancient Europe based on the various ingredients and additives that were used to make beer.

Researcher traces history of brewing beer in ancient Europe

More sophisticated beer enthusiasts may already know their favourite beverage was being made in places like Egypt and Mesopotamia as far back as 5,000 years ago. They may also incorrectly assume it was eventually brought from there to Europe as civilizations spread out and evolved, according to Max Nelson.