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Nizhni Novgorod in Russia ‘ran out of beer’ this week after Swedish football fans drank it all during World Cup celebrations.
And it appears this incredible appetite for beer by Swedes has an ancient history dating back to the Iron Age.
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That's according to a new study that claims to have found one of Scandinavia's oldest breweries in Sweden.
Burnt cereal grains found at an Iron Age settlement are among the earliest evidence of a mass-scale beer brewing operation in northern Europe.
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Residents used malt to produce the beverage on a large scale at least 1,600 years ago - predating the previous such site in Sweden by a century.
Scientists believe the brewery's product was drunk during grand feasts and celebrations, much like they are today.
Archaeologists - Uppakra - Sweden - Grains - Time
Archaeologists in Uppakra, Sweden, dug up carbonised germinated grains dating back to between 400 and 600AD - around the time the Roman Empire collapsed.
A rudimentary low-temperature oven recently found at the ancient settlement suggests the beer would have been roasted rather than boiled like modern batches.
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The finds show malt was being produced for brewing in southern Sweden centuries sooner than thought.
Study coauthor Dr Mikael Larsson, a researcher at Sweden's Lund University, said: 'We found carbonised malt in an area with low-temperature ovens located in a separate part of the settlement.
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'The findings are from the 400 to 600s, making them one of the earliest evidence of beer brewing in Sweden.'
The monks of the monastery of St Gallen in Switzerland have been hailed as building the first full-scale brewing operation in Europe during the early 800s.
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A floor plan for the group's monestary drawn up in 820AD shows a crude system of fermenting vessels and straining casks thought to be centuries ahead of its time.
Before this, ancient groups in Germany were brewing beer on a small scale as early as 800BC -...
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