Much like today, large celebrations involving alcohol brought people together in ancient China. Photo: Getty Images
Much like today, large celebrations involving alcohol brought people together in ancient China. Photo: Getty Images

How an ancient rice beer helped brew Chinese civilisation

  • The red hue of the beer implied sacred overtones, making it a sought-after commodity for society’s elite
  • It was likely a feature of “competitive feasts”, and the spread of the recipe helped intertwine regional cultures

Much like today, large celebrations involving alcohol brought people together in ancient China. Photo: Getty Images
Much like today, large celebrations involving alcohol brought people together in ancient China. Photo: Getty Images
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