For our latest brew, Homage to Mesopotamia, we’ve gone back to our brewing roots, and when we say ‘back’ we mean way back. To the dawn of civilisation. To the genesis of wine and beer making.

Mesopotamia means ‘the land between the rivers’ (these being the The Euphrates and the Tigris) and is also known as the ‘Cradle of Civilisation’. It is the home of the fabled cities of Sumer and Babylon and confirms what we always thought, that civilisation was built around the ability to brew beer as a reliable source of drink.

Early archaeological evidence of wine production in Mesopotamia goes back to circa 5000 BC and the origins of the French Syrah grape go back to the Shirazi grape, named after Shiraz, the Capital of the Persian Empire.

Ninkasi, the Sumerian Goddess of Beermaking is represented on our label. Made famous by a 3,900-year-old Sumerian poem “Hymn to Ninkasi” which contains the oldest surviving beer recipe. This describes how the grain was converted into ‘bappir’ type bread before fermentation with Shiraz grapes and honey added later on and confirms the importance of brewing and the responsibility that women had with regard to supplying both bread and beer to the household (these being the two ‘staffs of life’).

Homage to Mesopotamia grape and honey porter is our dedication to the pioneers of beer making, the women of Mesopotamia, who were followed by the Sumerians and then the Babylonians in what is now known as the ‘cradle of civilisation’.

This luxurious, unfiltered beer has been designed for those who like the finer things in life. The rich chocolatey bitterness is balanced with the sweetness from a late addition of the Shiraz grape juice and honey in both the kettle and fermenter, to make a truly unique tasting porter.

Homage to Mesopotamia Out now

Homage to Mesopotamia is on cask now and available in 750ml sharing bottles from mid-November. Look out for it in our Christmas gift packs.