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  • by baldr (4670) on 2003.11.14 6:29 (#25776)

    Xenophon mentions beer in Anabasis IV.5.26. He calls it "barley wine" (oinos krithios) and says that it was "of a delicious flavour to certain palates, but the taste must be acquired". This beer (or, more properly, ale) was served in big communal bowls. It was consumed using drinking straws made of reed. Barley grains were floating in the bowl along with the straws.

    I don't think the Greeks drank beer much at all. They preferred wine, and generally considered beer to be a barbaric and/or effeminate beverage (and perhaps they were right). That's probably the reason that it's difficult to find a good word for "beer" in Ancient Greek.