Friday Night Dinner – Feast of Ninkasi
“He who does not know beer, does not know what is good.”-Sumerian Proverb
Ninkasi was the leading goddess of ancient Sumeria, a culture that thrived from the 5th to the 3rd millennium BCE in what is now part of Mesopotamia. Among the Sumerians, she was considered the mother of all creation. In the world beyond, she was in charge of brewing all the beer for the great god En-lil and his entourage. On Earth, she was revered as the goddess of fertility, which put her in charge of the harvest, beer, and brewing. Her emblem was an ear of barley or wheat, and in the spring she caused the grain to grow.
The Craft Beer Forum of Oklahoma pays homage to the great Ninkasi by naming its inaugural craft beer dinner in celebration of her. Her love of beer and attention to her craft provided the drink of the gods to mortals and still does so to this day. We hope to see you at The Feast of Ninkasi and we thank you for your support of our students’ hospitality education!