In a new study, scientists determined that we’ve been partying for a long time – 10 million years to be exact. That’s when our ancestors (and chimpanzee and gorilla ancestors) evolved the ability to effectively break down ethanol. Because fermented fruit no longer caused them to immediately get sick before they got their buzz on, the proto-apes were able to get the party started in earnest. Part of the reason we crave alcohol, the scientists surmise, is that we associate it with food.
Note, too, that our fuzzy little ancestors were imbibing fermented FRUIT, so the first alcohol consumed was what we make right here at Simple Brew Kits – the drank! It’s really just part of human nature.