Every home brewing site, beer history site, and several beer recipe resources I have encountered states that there are some Babylonian tablets from 4300 BC with detailed beer recipes. Has anyone actually seen these, or seen pictures of these? Even a translation?
Another problem I am having with this is that a few key dates don't match up. I checked a few archaeology resources, and here is a quote from an essay entitled, "A brief guide to the history of the written word" written by Katie Harrow on newarchaeology.com
"According to archeologist Günter Dreyer, director of the German Institute of Archaeology in Cairo, the earliest writing we know of comes from the 'Dynasty Zero' reign of a king we know as 'Scorpion' in Ancient Egypt around 3,300 BCE. In his tomb a number of small inscribed bone tags were found. These had grouped pictograms on them (for example a heron and a beetle) which seem to be the names of places where offerings in the tomb came from."
So, if the earliest known writing is from 3300 BC and even then was fairly rudimentary, then tablets from 1000 years before that, especially with detailed and complex recipes couldn't possibly exist, so where did the myth come from and how did it perpetuate? Any ideas?