This style did not originate in India but was first brewed in England in the nineteenth century. The term “India Pale Ale” was first used in an advertisement printed in Australia’s first newspaper in 1829 as a tribute to the country that was part of the huge British Empire under the direction of the East India Company. It is often copied and has given rise to American Pale Ale, a tribute to our own country.
What’s the oldest beverage in the world?
Beer is one of the world's oldest prepared beverages, possibly dating back to the early European Neolithic or 5000-plus years ago. Chemical tests of ancient pottery jars reveal that beer was produced as far back as about 7,000 years ago in what is today Iran. This discovery reveals one of the earliest known uses of fermentation and is the earliest evidence of brewing to date. In Mesopotamia, the oldest evidence of beer is believed to be a 6,000-year-old Sumerian tablet depicting people drinking a beverage through reed straws from a communal bowl. Communal beer drinking isn’t really that farfetched, is it? No, but the reeds might be difficult to come by.
Originally published in our monthly newsletter, Micro Brew News featuring beers from Baderbräu Brewing Company.