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The First Professional Brewers

Were all women. In ancient Peru, breweries were operated by ‘women of the elite’. These ladies had to be of noble birth, or extremely beautiful in order to be allowed to brew the beer.

Beer played a vital role in early civilization’s diet, religion and daily life, and it continues to be enjoyed around the world. None of that would have been possible without women brewers.

“Women absolutely have, in all societies, throughout world history, been primarily responsible for brewing beer,” says Theresa McCulla, curator of the American Brewing History Initiative at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

And now introducing 'The Beer Gals'