Charming's Alcohol Timeline
7000 BC Northern China uses earthen
pottery for winemaking.
|4300 BC Recipes for beer is
recorded on 92 Babylonian tablets.
4000 BC Egyptians place jugs filled beer and
wine in burial tombs for their journey.
3500 BC Winemaking recipes are recorded on Egyptian
|3000 BC Over twenty varieties
of beer are recorded on clay Sumerian tablets.
2800 BC Beer is used to pay workers as part of
2700 BC Babylonians drink wine and beer and offer
it to their gods.
|2650 BC Egyptian wall paintings
show how to produce beer.
2200 BC Cuneiform tablet recommends beer as a
tonic for lactating women.
2000 BC Beer and wine is used for medicinal purposes
2000 BC Wine is an important part of Mediterranean
|2137 BC Two royal Chinese astronomers,
Hsi and Ho, drink too much rice wine and fail to
predict the first recorded eclipse to the Shu King
so they were executed.
1700 BC A highly organized American Indian society
lives in what we call today, Louisiana, which is the birth state
of the American cocktail.
1600 BC Egyptian texts give 100 medical prescriptions
1600 BC Wine reaches the shores of Greece.
1292 BC An Egyptian scribe documents two construction
worker twins cheating on their wives and playing hooky from work
while off on a beer binge.
1116 BC A Chinese Imperial Decree states that
it is required that people regularly drink a moderate amount of
alcohol to achieve heavenly powers.
1100 BC-1400 AD Forty-one laws against making
wine were enacted and repealed.
1000 B.C. Ancient China encourages moderation
when drinking alcohol because it’s considered to come from
800 BC India makes rice and barley beer.
|750 BC Greeks and Romans have
many wine Gods.
750 BC Two Phoenician ships carrying
10 tons wine in ceramic jugs sink.
700 BC The Languedoc region of France produces
|640 BC The Greek lyric poet,
Alcaeus, also wrote popular drinking songs.
600 BC Limes are introduced to
the Middle East.
218 BC Hannibal
and his Army set up camp near the natural spring we know today
206 BC Five earthenware jars of rice wine are
placed in a Han dynasty tomb
200 BC Sake spreads throughout Japan.
|200 BC Romans make glass bottles
and drinking vessels.
121 BC Opimion is the
first vintage wine to be in print.
58 BC Julius
Ceasar builds a stone basin for the natural spring which
today is called Perrier.
55 BC Romans introduce beer to Northern Europe.
50 BC King Barebista of Thrace is the
first to ban alcohol.
49 BC Ceasar toasts his troops with
beer after crossing the Rubicon.
23 BC China brews beer and calls it Kiu.
19 BC A 20-gallon cone-shaped, two-handled wine
jug with reference to King Herod is shipped from Italy.