Brewing beer provided sanitation perks in Middle-Age Europe and later for the American colonies. It turns out the process of fermenting the beverage can kill harmful bacteria in water supplies. In some cases, beer was not only a preferred choice -- it was safer to drink, too.
Beer not only makes things more humorous to those consuming it, but its creation is also comical -- even thousands of years ago, people still added an extra punch to their feasts and gatherings with intoxicating beverages. As archaeologists continue to piece together where and how the first brew was crafted, one thing's for sure: this intoxicating beverage changed the way people lived and had fun. Physical evidence of fermented beverages dates as far back as 9,000 years ago, experts say, with beer entering the scene at least 5,000 years ago [sources: McGovern et al.; Rudolph et al.].
But beer isn't the first thing to come to mind when you want to tie modern societies to ancient civilizations. Even so, the beverage likely played a role in determining which crops to harvest, and potentially, where large groups of people chose to settle. Intoxication may have fostered cultural activities, including artistic expression, medicine and spiritual rituals [source: Tucker].
Fast-forward to today, the beer industry still takes pride in its humor and ability to jump-start a good time -- you'd be hard-pressed to watch an average beer commercial without a laugh.
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