Saturday, September 17, 2016

Breakfast of Champions: Beer and Prezels

The world's oldest pretzel. found in Regensburg:

(Courtesy BLfD, Photo: Thomas Stöckl)
Pieces of a burned pretzel found in an 18th-century German privy, positioned atop an image of a complete, modern pretzel
and the world's oldest beer:

This beer from an 1840s shipwreck yields new clues to an old brew's recipe.
Credit: American Chemical Society 
High-resolution image 

however the pretzel was probably  invented in Bavaria by monks in 610 AD  to bribe kids to learn bible verses.

The monks called it a Pretiola, Latin for little reward. From there, the pretzel transformed into the Italian word, Brachiola, which means little arms.

as for beer, crystals suggesting that pottery had stored beer go back at least 6000 years, and  depictions of drinking beer (via a straw) are found in Ancient Egypt

and in the Middle East....

and China?! 

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