Possible Discovery of World's Oldest Brewery

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  1. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Egypt said on Saturday it had uncovered what may be "the world's oldest industrial-scale brewery" in the ancient city of Abydos (and here we were thinking Germany was the world's beer capital)

    Let's raise a mug and show coins from Abydos.
    Alexander III.jpg
    AR Drachm
    OBVERSE: Head of Herakles right in lionskin headdress
    REVERSE: ALEXANDROU, Zeus Aetophoros seated left, holding eagle and sceptre. Forepart of Pegasos left in left field, X on W monogram beneath throne
    Struck at Abydos 325-323 BC
    4.2g, 17mm
    Price 1505

    Here's to you
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  3. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    :p:rolleyes:I’ll have the Cleopatra Pale Ale and some peanuts.

    Give me a VI pack of Ptolemy Stout at the Chariot drive thru!
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  4. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Very interesting article, thanks for sharing it, Bing.

    I only have one Abydos coin, but it is a non-Egyptian Abydos. Probably wine-drinkers in the Troas...

    Macidonia - Anitgon. Alex drachm May 17 (0).jpg

    Kingdom Drachm
    Antigonus I Monophthalmus
    (c. 320-306 B.C.)
    Troas, Abydos Mint

    Head of Herakles in lion skin / AΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus seated left on throne, eagle & sceptre; horned head of Zeus Ammon rt., ivy leaf under throne
    Price 1551; Müller 189.
    (4.00 grams / 18 mm)
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  5. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    I’ll take an Aby-Dos Equis! :joyful:
  6. Ryro

    Ryro They call me the 13th Caesar Supporter

    Cool article and lifetime drachm Bing!

    Alexander III "the Great"

    Abydos. 336-323 BC. AR Drachm (17mm, 4.17g). Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, monogram in left field, Z below throne. Price 1535. Former Kairos Numismatik
  7. DiomedesofArgos

    DiomedesofArgos Well-Known Member

    I have no coins to share, but I enjoyed the article, thanks :D
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  8. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Basileus Megalos

    I had this kind in Egypt particularly in Siwa Oasis where the population is predominantly Berber. Drinking spirits is a bit frowned upon in most areas, though as it violates Islamic sensibilities....fortunately smoking a shisha pipe in the cafes is considered to be good manners along with tea (shay) or coffee (awhwa mas but).


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  9. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter


    It is said that Ramses III prized beer so highly that he offered up some 114,000 L (30,000 gal) a year to his gods. Many Philistine beer mugs with their strainer spouts have been found. Those various nations, it seems, had a great variety of beers to suit every taste—sweet beer, dark beer, perfumed beer, sparkling beer, spiced beer—served either hot or cold, watered down or thick and syrupy.

  10. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Very nice piece...
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  11. +VGO.DVCKS

    +VGO.DVCKS Well-Known Member

    I love it that the brewery is dated back to the very beginning of Pharaonic times. John Romer's old PBS series, Ancient Lives, had something to say about how easy it would have been to hit on the fermentation process, effectively by accident. Wild that it was already happening on an industrial scale.
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  12. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Basileus Megalos

    I remember that series....quite some time ago.
  13. +VGO.DVCKS

    +VGO.DVCKS Well-Known Member

    ...Must be how you get the disparity between this
    and this:
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  14. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Very cool!

    I don't think that particular Abydos (South of Cairo) struck coins, just the one in Troas.

    As an aside, a number of years ago Dogfish Head attempted a "reconstruction" of ancient Egyptian ale (obviously attuned to modern tastes a bit) called Ta Henket. I believe it is still available for sale and is quite good, if a bit overpriced ($13/bomber).
    (Not my pic)
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  15. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    And they say tat ALE-E-ANS didn't exist, Bah-Hum-Bug!
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