Next time a particular kind of man distinguishes between ‘girls’ and boys’ drinks’, soak up the sheer delight of watching his face fall when you say that beer was invented by women, and this is therefore, a ‘girl’s drink’. Jane Peyton, a beer historian (err, why did our careers advisor at school not mention this was an option?), believes that for thousands of years, it was only women who were allowed to operate breweries and drink beer. Nearly 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia and Sumeria, women were the first to develop, sell and drink beer, her research suggests. While we can’t say who exactly created the first-ever cool and crisp pint that we all enjoy down the local boozer, it was sure as hell down to an ancient babe somewhere.

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