Christ did seem like a wine guy, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t like to spice up those suppers and sermons with a few brewskis every now and then. Beer was definitely present in the Middle East 2,000 years ago, and an Israeli-based craft brewery called Herzl Brewery recently decided to brew such a heavenly beverage using a wheat that Tel Aviv University geneticists identified as a strain used to make beer in the Holy Land way back when. From the Jerusalem Post:
“I found this article about these guys at the Tel Aviv University that made the genome of the model of wheat, the same grain I used, and [it] just made a light bulb light up [in my head]. And I just contacted [them], and within a few days I had several kilograms of this material. We just started to process and eventually is this beer that we’re drinking,” said owner of Herzl brewery, Itai Gutman.
Apparently, the beer had hints of honey and berries and boasted a whopping three percent alcohol content, making it a suitably Christian beer. From the same J Post article:
But beer likely would have been familiar to Jesus and his disciples. It was brought over from Egypt by the ancient Israelites, according to the Jewish Museum in Munich, which is taking part in 500th anniversary celebrations of the Bavarian Beer Purity Law that regulated Germany’s brewing industry.