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Anciv Brewing

YOUR JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Inspired by Ancient Egyptians, we welcome you to a journey of authentic taste with a refreshing, modern twist.

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Anciv Brewing

YOUR JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Inspired by Ancient Egyptians, we welcome you to a journey of authentic taste with a refreshing, modern twist.

ABOUT US

Anciv Brewing

We like to reach back in time to recreate remarkable beers. Anciv Brewing honours the achievements of ancient cultures through our memorable, delicious brews – sharing an authentic taste of the great past.

What began as a journey of discovery is now reason for celebration and reflection with brewing perfection. Producing superior taste and quality, our brewing team has gone to great lengths to ensure culturally accurate ingredients are used. Highlighted by region-defining plant flavours and aromas typical of ancient civilisations – experiencing our distinctive beer fuels the senses with a real taste of what our ancestors might have consumed. Similar beers of choice from when daily life was full of exploration, conquest and advancement. And now we bring these reminiscent flavours to you with our signature crafting and modern take. Savour the taste and each moment of time. Reflect and rediscover with Anciv Brewing.

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THE STORY

THE RISE OF CIVILISATIONS

Civilisation began at different times in different parts of the world. From the Fertile Crescent to the Indo-Gangetic and Northern China plains and across the Seven Seas to Mesoamerica and the Andes. Societies started with various cultures and settled communities characterised by concepts still used across the world today. Concepts such as writing, public buildings, monumental architecture and – imperative for beer – agriculture. So when and how did beer become part of the historical rise of civilisation?

A popular theory is that beer led to the Neolithic shake-up and played its part in advancing civilisations. Initially, beer was a happy-accident. Unsurpsingly, it quickly sparked a collective desire to create more. Beer revolutionised grain collection with the built-in incentive to produce a surplus for brewing. It was just simpler (and smarter) for all the barley to be in one place! The Ancients were motivated by their love for the golden beverage so they planted, cultivated and harvested crops. From this defining moment agriculture was born. Greater focus was placed on crafts, skills and specialisation. Villages grew. Towns spread into cities. This city type of life is what we now call civilisation. There is a phrase “Built by beer.” It is likely mega-structures such as the Pyramids would not have been possible without beer. Anciv Brewing proudly celebrates beer’s rise and is inspired by great civilisations.

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4000 years of inspiration
We’ve chosen to focus our beers on cultures from 3500 BCE-500 CE.

THE STORY

OUR BEERS

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OUR BEERS

Proper Giza

An Ancient Egyptian red ale with honey, dates and ginger.

Named as homage to the world’s iconic ancient wonder, our brew recipe was carefully composed to embody significant ingredients of Ancient Egyptian culture.

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An Ancient
Egyptian Red Ale

Ancient Egyptians believed in an afterlife. The Giza Necropolis and its iconic pyramids continue to inspire and bewilder today for its secrets lie somewhere between mystery and mythology – but firmly rooted in brew culture. Anciv Brewing’s take on this beer is a modern interpretation. The red ale result is fit for a pharaoh or the most fastidious geezer. We are proud to say the Proper Giza is the drink of the gods.

When agriculture emerged by c, 5440 BC the Ancient Egyptians evolved from hunter-gathers to farmers. As civilisations were built with permanent places for the living, the Egyptians also built lasting settlements for the dead. On a grand scale! The Egyptians believed their pharaohs were gods who would continue living after they died. This is why they built the pyramids to preserve their bodies and safeguard their passage to the afterlife. What has beer got to do with pyramids and the great gods?

Situated outside Cairo, the most famous of these is the Fourth Dynasty (c. 2613 – 2494 BCE). Here at the Old Kingdom, the tomb building grew to monumental proportions. The Giza Necropolis features the complexes of Khufu, his successors, their queens and a plethora of tombs of Ancient Egyptians. It’s one of the most recognisable places on the planet. Tens of thousands of workers laboured over decades to build the great pyramids here. Best known for the Great Pyramid of Giza, it’s thought that none of these architectural achievements and engineering triumphs would have been possible without a key ingredient: beer. Beer was critical to their society, religious festivals and celebrations, but most importantly, it was essential for the workers. Viewed as a source of nutrition, refreshment and reward, during construction of the pyramids, ‘beer wages’ for the workers amounted to 4-5 litres per day.

Inspired by this great chapter, our brewing result is a remarkable red ale. Complex yet with a balanced profile, the ale’s recipe has been carefully composed to highlight significant ingredients of Ancient Egyptian culture. Featuring barley, spelt and wheat malts fused with honey, dates and ginger. Experience a blood red hue with slight haze and off-white persistent head, subtle aromas and flavours of caramel/toffee, honey, dates, ginger and biscuit. This distinctive beer has a lasting impression: clean, medium in body, low to medium in bitterness and a short finish. We are proud to say our Proper Giza is the drink of the gods.

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QUICK FACT

DID YOU KNOW?

According to scholars, the preference for blood red beer stems from a legend of divine vengeance.

Unhappy with mankind’s evil and ingratitude, the great god Ra sent Hathor to wipe out humanity. Transforming into the fierce lion-headed Sekhmet, the goddess commenced a blood-thirsty rampage. Soon after this, upon reflection, Ra did a 180 and changed his mind. He realised that scale of annihilation wouldn’t leave any humans to worship him. Unable to call back Sekhmet, massive quantities of beer were dyed blood red in colour and poured over the land. This was in efforts to keep the goddess driven with bloodlust at bay. Fortunately it worked and Sekhmet lapped up this makeshift sea of red covering the land. She became intoxicated and was ultimately appeased. She later awoke as the benevolent goddess, Hathor, devoted to protecting humanity. The Ancient Egyptians commemorated this event every year with a celebration called the Tekh Festival – also known as the Festival of Drunkenness.