Working for Beer!
Who knew that one can get paid in beer?
@archeohistories has an amazing tweet alerting us to a rare cuneiform tablet
"According to cuneiform writing on a nearly 5000 year old tablet, workers in Mesopotamia were rewarded for their labor in daily rations of beer. Dated 3300 BC, tablet was found in Sumerian city of Uruk and is one of earliest known examples of writing.
According to Alison George in New Scientist, tablet, which is oldest known paycheck in the world, tells that workers prefer their daily share of beer as a salary. This beer was also distributed by employers. Cuneiform was a kind of caption. In this tablet, which is currently in British Museum, image of a person eating from a bowl means "food ration" and a cone-shaped container means "beer"."
The New York Public Library recently announced the acquisition of the first modern book published in the United States on mixology.
Jerry “The Professor” Thomas, was a New York bartender and the first mixologist,
Published in 1862 the book contains more than five hundred recipes, including Thomas’s signature drink, the Blue Blazer.
Story on the acquisition on the NYPL blog