Babylon: the cradle of the brewing industry, 4200 B.C.
Babylon, the cradle of civilization, was also apparently the cradle of the brewing industry. It was well developed by 4200 B.C. Large earthen vessels were used for brewing; bread, especially baked for the purpose, was mashed together with crushed barley malt and fermented, No aromatic flavoring was used but some beer received an admixture of dates or honey to increase the alcoholic content
Original source for the image and text: The Milwaukee Journal, Sept. 26, 1937.
Image source: Brewing--Babylon, The circulating collection of the Print and Picture Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia