Booktopia has been placed into Voluntary Administration. Orders have been temporarily suspended, whilst the process for the recapitalisation of Booktopia and/or sale of its business is completed, following which services may be re-established. All enquiries from creditors, including customers with outstanding gift cards and orders and placed prior to 3 July 2024, please visit
Add free shipping to your order with these great books
In the Land of Ninkasi : A History of Beer in Ancient Mesopotamia - Tate Paulette

In the Land of Ninkasi

A History of Beer in Ancient Mesopotamia

By: Tate Paulette

Hardcover | 28 August 2024

Sorry, we are not able to source the book you are looking for right now.

We did a search for other books with a similar title, however there were no matches. You can try selecting from a similar category, click on the author's name, or use the search box above to find your book.

A feast for beer geeks and history buffs alike, In the Land of Ninkasi tells the story of the world's first great beer culture. In this authoritative but light-hearted account of beers gone by, archaeologist Tate Paulette brings the famous "land between the rivers" back to life in vivid detail. We meet not only the beers of ancient Mesopotamia, but also the people who brewed them and drank them, the places where these people lived and worked, the taverns and temples and tombs where they did their drinking, the stories they told about beer, their preferred styles of drinking, their brewing equipment and drinking paraphernalia, the gods and goddesses who governed their lives and who were also partial to a drink. Rigorous in its scholarship, yet staunchly unpretentious in style, this beer-centered travel guide for a trip back in time offers a clear roadmap into the ancient source material for those who are new to Mesopotamia. Paulette weaves together insights drawn from archaeological remains, ancient works of art, and cuneiform texts. He uses a series of narrative vignettes and thought experiments to interrogate specific pieces of evidence and pull the reader, step-by-step, into the process of analysis and interpretation, explaining exactly what we know and how we know it. Readers will come away with a new appreciation for the depth of our knowledge about this early beer-drinking culture, painstakingly pieced together by generations of dedicated scholars. They will also encounter plenty of unknowns: enigmatic evidence that defies explanation, unresolved debates, puzzles that remain to be solved. For those who prefer their history in liquid form, Paulette also recounts some of his own experiences recreating ancient beer and provides a series of brew-it-yourself recipes to try at home.
Industry Reviews
Equally engaging to scholars of the ancient Near East as to general readers of food history, this book serves up a uniquely captivating origins story of an unassuming beverage that changed the fate of humanity. * Gojko Barjamovic, Harvard University *
Tate Paulette's In the Land of Ninkasi is a tour-de-force journey back in time to the beginnings of beermaking. He has made early Mesopotamian beers of all kinds understandable to homebrewer, scholar, and everyday drinker alike. * Patrick E. McGovern, Author of Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-created *
Paulette has written the essential book for beer lovers and ancient history lovers alike. His accessible writing style places you into the world of ancient Mesopotamia and, like a detective picking up 4000-year-old clues, he pieces together history and recipes for some of the world's oldest brews. Many have touched on the topic of Mesopotamian beer but never in such depth nor shared the history in such an engaging manner. * Max Miller, Creator and host of the Tasting History web-show *

More in Archaeology

Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World : An Identification Guide - Paul Stamets
The Naked Neanderthal - Ludovic Slimak

RRP $42.99


Abandoned Scotland : Abandoned - Alastair Horne


RRP $45.99


Abandoned Ireland : Abandoned - Dominic Connolly


RRP $45.99


Buried : An alternative history of the first millennium in Britain - Alice Roberts
Life on our Planet : Accompanies the Landmark Netflix Series - Dr Tom Fletcher
Prehistoric Joy - Andrew Sneddon

RRP $32.99


The Girls in the Glen : An unputdownable Scottish mystery - Lynne McEwan
Archaeology 8ed : Theories, Methods and Practice - Colin Renfrew
The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece - Judith M. Barringer

RRP $81.95


An Introduction to English Runes - R.I. Page


RRP $57.99


Pompeii and Herculaneum : 2nd Edition - A Sourcebook - Alison E. Cooley
Medieval Life : Archaeology and the Life Course - Roberta Gilchrist


RRP $59.99