Behold, beer. It’s a beautiful thing. We all love it (well, most of us anyway), but few know its true origins.

For example, did you know that beer was critical to the birth of civilization? That’s right – Beer. Scientists and historians line up to tell the amazing, untold story of how beer helped create maths, poetry, Pyramids, modern medicine, labor laws, and America.

Admittedly, we didn’t know either… until we saw this documentary a few ago. That’s why we want to share it with you – because it’s that important. It shows us just what a vital role beer has played throughout human history from the probable origins of the first beer at the dawn of history to the development of a special beer for use in zero gravity space missions.

In reality, beer is one of our oldest and most popular creations, second only to the wheel, which may have even been invented as a way to transport beer.

Beer’s creation dates back thousands of years. It has changed the world in more ways than we even know, and on more than one occasion, even saved the world.

How Beer Saved The World, a Discovery Channel documentary originally aired in 2011. I saw it for the first time shortly after that and have enjoyed it a couple of times since. It seems everytime I watch it, I learn something new.

The 60-minute video presents a seemingly reasonable case for how important beer was, and still is, in human history. Overall, the film does a great job of presenting how beer came to be, and how it has helped create and shape the modern world. It would be hard to watch the video and not learn something worthwhile. So, pour yourself a cold one and sit back to this fun video. They’ve even worked a few fun cartoons into the video to make it even more entertaining. In no time at all, you know how beer saved the world.

Now you know.