Photo by M. Homan/Courtesy of the Zeitah Excavations/R.E. Tappy, Director

Despite the difficulty of finding archaeological evidence for beer—due to its similarity to bread making and its relatively short shelf life—some discoveries clearly point to the presence of beer making in ancient Israel. Special ceramic jars with donut-shaped stoppers (such as those shown here from Tel Zayit) have been excavated at numerous sites in the Levant.