Beer, called “hqt” by the ancients, was a very important Egyptian drink. It was so popular that historians have often called beer the national drink of ancient Egypt.
Adults and children, rich and poor alike, shared in the sudsy libation. Beer was the staple drink of the poor – sometime wages were even paid with it. The rich and wealthy drank it for celebrating and relaxing, and was even offered to the gods and placed in the tombs of the dead.
A staple to the ancient Egyptian diet, beer was considered healthier to drink than polluted water taken from the Nile or nearby canals. It was so revered, the pharaohs even appointed a “royal chief beer inspector” to protect its quality. (Think he sported this shirt?)
So, honor the gods – drink up!