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(Nautil.us)   Many scientists are convinced that thirst for beer created modern civilization. "The question is really a no-brainer. If you had to choose today, which would it be: bread or beer?"   (nautil.us) divider line 38
    More: Obvious, Biomolecule, domestication, fermented beverage, B vitamins, Eastern Mediterranean, Paleolithic, archaeologists, essential amino acids  
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2014-01-01 08:48:28 AM  
Rye bread is damn good, tho
 
2014-01-01 09:22:24 AM  
Fresh oven bake bread against fermented grain water.

seriously...?
 
2014-01-01 09:26:40 AM  
Bread.
 
2014-01-01 09:37:10 AM  
whynotboth.jpg
 
2014-01-01 09:39:40 AM  
You can't make sandwiches with beer, but if there wasn't any, I could still get shiatfaced off of gin and tonics like always.
 
2014-01-01 09:48:25 AM  
beer yes

also not to be forgotten
that a female will respond well to shiny objects

(leading to the techniques of drilling (which can produce fire) and what can be done with simple bows
(allowing males of technical skills (brewing skills count here) to get laid)
 
2014-01-01 09:48:56 AM  
Civilization did not emerge because of "bread goggles"
 
2014-01-01 10:01:30 AM  
Why are we not addressing the real concern of too much gluten?
 
2014-01-01 10:03:39 AM  
This morning?  Bread.
 
2014-01-01 10:06:51 AM  
Hey subby do you even need to ask?


/cheers!
 
2014-01-01 10:08:53 AM  
Beer serves one purpose and one purpose alone, to batter my fish (or chicken tenders, or cubed steak) for frying.

/Guiness Extra Stout
//Fries up dark with a good full flavor
///Can't believe people actually drink beer
 
2014-01-01 10:18:49 AM  
Well, if I'm trying to stretch a harvest or a dollar, I daresay the bread goes a lot farther.

listernine: Why are we not addressing the real concern of too much gluten?



Gluteny is one of the Seven Deadly Sins already; what more do you want?
 
2014-01-01 10:39:55 AM  
When something is so well understood that Mike Rowe does a three-part TV series on the Discovery channel about it, I think we don't need to argue.
 
2014-01-01 11:02:23 AM  
Well if it's one or there other, of course I'd choose beer. You can last about 3 days without water, which beer contain. And around 30ish without food. Plus the alcohol in beer can kill many harmful micro organisms. I thought it was fairly common knowledge that beer and other similar beverages gained popularity due in no small part to them being safer to drink than plain water in many parts of the world in the past. Likewise with tea and the boiling of water. They might not have known what bacteria and the like were, but they knew there was something special about boiled or alcoholic beverages that made them safer to drink.
 
2014-01-01 11:10:19 AM  
The knock against beer as being the reason is that you needed ceramics of some kind for storing it.  It would require a slightly higher level of technological advancement than bread.
 
2014-01-01 11:19:41 AM  

taurusowner: Well if it's one or there other, of course I'd choose beer. You can last about 3 days without water, which beer contain. And around 30ish without food. Plus the alcohol in beer can kill many harmful micro organisms. I thought it was fairly common knowledge that beer and other similar beverages gained popularity due in no small part to them being safer to drink than plain water in many parts of the world in the past. Likewise with tea and the boiling of water. They might not have known what bacteria and the like were, but they knew there was something special about boiled or alcoholic beverages that made them safer to drink.


Don't forget all the extra helpful vitamin B that unfiltered beer contained--drinking beer, which was an anytime drink in the middle ages, was like drinking a fermented wheat shake, and it got a lot of nutrition into a lot of people.
 
2014-01-01 11:20:09 AM  
Both, but I love real butter on my bread. fresh from the oven, and salt in my beer.
 
2014-01-01 11:20:28 AM  

dragonchild: Well, if I'm trying to stretch a harvest or a dollar, I daresay the bread goes a lot farther.


But if you're drunk you don't care...
 
2014-01-01 11:20:58 AM  
Depends on the quality of the bread and the beer.  Everything else being equal, bad bread is worse than bad beer. If beer is lousy you just serve it ice cold.

i.colnect.net

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2014-01-01 11:36:39 AM  
This is like a chicken and egg thing. However, bread must be cooked, beer just needs to sit around and ferment.

Advantage: beer.
 
2014-01-01 11:50:47 AM  
The problem with this theory is that beer is not the first alcoholic drink to be invented.

Mead came first.  You let honey sit where it can be rained on, it gets diluted, and pretty soon it ferments.  Plus, it's sweeter than beer, and sweet equals safe, in evolutionary terms.
 
2014-01-01 11:52:10 AM  
Some people say that the wheel was a more impt invention than beer, but ask yourself, which goes better with pizza?
 
2014-01-01 12:08:30 PM  
Bread.

/Why?
//Kvass.
 
2014-01-01 12:30:34 PM  
Beer Bread Recipe

Units:
3  cups flour (sifted)  
3  teaspoons baking powder (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)  
1  teaspoon salt (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)  
1/4 cup sugar  
1 (12 ounce) can beer  
1/2 cup  melted butter (1/4 cup will do just fine)

Directions:

1
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2
Mix dry ingredients and beer.

3
Pour into a greased loaf pan.

4
Pour melted butter over mixture.

5
Bake 1 hour, remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.
 
2014-01-01 01:13:05 PM  
They're both pretty useful, but it's hard to throw an equivalent amount of beer calories into a grass-plaited sachel and go running after game animals.
 
2014-01-01 01:17:53 PM  

knobmaker: The problem with this theory is that beer is not the first alcoholic drink to be invented.

Mead came first.  You let honey sit where it can be rained on, it gets diluted, and pretty soon it ferments.  Plus, it's sweeter than beer, and sweet equals safe, in evolutionary terms.


How is that a problem with this theory? No one is saying that beer was first. They are saying that a desire for beer is what caused people to transition from gathering wild grain to settling down and farming.
 
2014-01-01 01:31:01 PM  
beer
 
2014-01-01 01:37:02 PM  
Didn't early bread makers utilize yeast from beer in order to get softer bread?
 
2014-01-01 02:22:50 PM  
Both?  Beer used to make water safer to drink is fine, but the munchies will follow.
 
2014-01-01 03:09:14 PM  
The way I brew, it's pretty much liquid bread anyway.
 
2014-01-01 03:41:58 PM  

Valiente: The way I brew, it's pretty much liquid bread anyway.


Hefeweizen?
 
2014-01-01 05:07:57 PM  
No bread means no pizza and that we just can't have. Of course no beer with my pizza is not such a great deal either.
 
2014-01-01 09:04:34 PM  

H31N0US: whynotboth.jpg


This should be a no-brainer, especially considering that if you can make leavened bread, then you can make beer (and vice versa).
 
2014-01-01 10:03:42 PM  
Beer, probably the cleanest drink you could get.
 
2014-01-01 10:22:27 PM  

metaskie: Beer serves one purpose and one purpose alone, to batter my fish (or chicken tenders, or cubed steak) for frying.

/Guiness Extra Stout
//Fries up dark with a good full flavor
///Can't believe people actually drink beer


Gotta make beer (or something similar) before you can make liquor. Only so much alcohol can be produced by the yeast before the yeast starts dying off.
 
2014-01-02 08:31:54 AM  
The problem is, between Wonder Bread and Bud Lite, most Americans don't know what either one of those things are.
 
2014-01-02 08:40:07 AM  

theorellior: They're both pretty useful, but it's hard to throw an equivalent amount of beer calories into a grass-plaited sachel and go running after game animals.


Grass plaited satchel? Maybe so, but have you ever tried to stuff equivalent bread calories into a hollowed out gourd? Or work up the courage to grab a sharp stick and go after a critter that's larger than you are and sporting antlers while on a bellyful of bread?
 
2014-01-02 12:46:03 PM  
Watch How Beer Saved the World; it might change your perspective.
 
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