Beer: The Fuel of Ancient Civilization

Public Events
Friday, September 20, 2019
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States


Illustration of beer steins

Illustration of beer steins from Warum Bier nich aus Gläsern getrunken werden soll Untersuchung, 1890.

Science History Institute

Long before beer became a pub favorite, it gave our nomadic ancestors fuel for survival. It was a safer source of hydration than water, provided ample nutrition, and even helped early humans make the transition from a nomadic lifestyle to village life. Evidence of brewing dates back to more than 14,000 years ago, and while we may not appreciate the taste of the ancient version, our ancestors brewed it and celebrated it much like we do today.

Raise a glass as Jessica Zinskie talks about the impact of beer on the development of early civilization. She’ll also explain the science behind ancient peoples refining the recipe of beer to produce the popular drink we know today.

Read an interview with Zinskie in Distillations >>

About Jessica Zinskie

Jessica Zinskie moved to Philadelphia from Scranton for graduate school, where she spent countless hours working with yeast. This led to her interest in foods made with yeast. In 2016 she obtained her PhD in biochemistry from the University of the Sciences, and after two postdoctoral positions, she joined LI-COR Biosciences. At LI-COR, Jessica is a solutions and support scientist and trains customers on instrumentation and best scientific practices. She lives in Northern Liberties with her husband and two dogs, and apart from her everyday job as a scientist, she teaches aerial yoga.

Registration for this event is required. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information contact Alexis Pedrick at