(CONFIRMED!)... BEER LED TO THE RISE OF CIVILIZATION
Some archaeologists say beer helped lead to the rise of civilization.
They say Stone Age farmers were domesticating cereals like barely and rice so they could turn the grains into beer.
The process to produce the cereal took a long time which led to people having feasts-- and feasts are important for creating bonds between people, for creating political power, and support networks.
All of this is essential for developing more complex kinds of societies.