Civilization Rose, Thanks to … Beer? – Stone Age farmers may have liked grains for beer, not food

(Newser) – We may have beer to thank for, well, all of civilization. For years, archaeologists have suspected that when Stone Age people domesticated cereals—which eventually led to farming and settling—they were actually turning the grains into beer more often than food. One researcher tells LiveScience the evidence is getting stronger. It took hours of hard work to make grains edible, yet sites in Syria suggest that Stone Age people went as much as 40-60 miles out of their way to obtain grains.