Fermented beverages played a large roll in the shaping of society and civilization. The quest for beer caused nomads to settle down and cultivate needed ingredients, like wheat and barley, to make beer. Societies sprung up where ingredients could be raised. It was similar in Egypt, where traces of fermented beverages (read: beer) were uncovered in earthen vessels dating back more than 6,000 years. Known as Heket, this yeasty, bready beer was a societal staple (believed to be low in alcohol content) and served to pyramid builders, among others. More modern brews will be on tap during Ancient Ale, Modern Science, a party that will include presentations on the connection between past and present brewing methods and other aspects of Egyptian art, science and culture.
Bring that ancient thirst at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 9, to the Arizona Science Center, 600 East Washington Street. Tickets are $50 and include 10 beer-sample tickets and museum admission. Call 602-716-2000 or see www.azscience.org.