“For drink, there was beer which was very strong when not mingled with water, but was agreeable to those who were used to it. They drank this with a reed, out of the vessel that held the beer, upon which they saw the barley swim.”
— Xenophon, c.435-c.354 B.C., Greek historian.
As I’m sure you are aware, if you’re any sort of beer geek, that the world’s oldest written recipe is for beer. Historians have documented beer & brewing since antiquity. Some modern brewers have even made attempts to recreate some of these beverages of yesteryear, although I’m guessing the standards aren’t quite up to modern day expectations. On the bright side, we didn’t have to deal with THIS either.