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10 Ancient Gods of Beer

Beer and other fermented drinks have long been produced in various forms around the world. Beer became an important commodity and necessity even in ancient cultures. As such, most of these cultures have a deity or a God dedicated to beer and brewing.

These are the world’s ten known Ancient Gods of beer:

  1. Silenus

    In Ancient Greek mythology, Silenus is the God of beer and a drinking companion. He is usually associated with his buddy, Dionysus. He is often featured as a bald and fat man, with a big beer belly. He is normally drunk and it is said that he had to be carried either by donkeys or satyrs (in Greek mythology, satyrs are wood-dwelling creatures with the head and body of a man and the ears, horns, and legs of a goat).

  2. Dionysus

    Dionysus is famously known for being the Ancient Greek God of intoxicating drinks like wine and beer. He is also known as the Liberator as he liberates oneself with the intoxicating power of alcoholic drinks. He is the son of Zeus and considered Silenus his tutor.

  3. Ninkasi

    The picture here is from a beer ad named after the Sumerian Goddess.

    Ninkasi is the Ancient Sumerian Goddess of beer and brewing. It is said that she provides the world with the secret to make beer. In Sumerian culture, she is also known for her power to satisfy human desire.

  4. Osiris

    In Ancient Egyptian culture, Osiris is the God of agriculture. He is also known as the God of beer. A Greek historian from the time of Julius Caesar once wrote that, “Osiris taught the people how to brew the beverage which is made of barley, which is not greatly inferior to wine in odor and potency.”

  5. Aegir

    In Norse mythology, Aegir is actually the God of the sea. It is believed that he has the control of the storms and turbulent seas. He is also known as the God of beer and brewing.

  6. Tezcatzontecatl

    In the Aztec tradition, Tezcatzontecatl is the God of pulque (a traditional alcoholic beverage made of fermented juice of the century plant, and similar to beer). He is also associated with drunkenness and fertility. A monument built like a pyramid was built on top of the Tepozteco Mountain for the worshiper and now, this place has become a well known archaeological site.

  7. Mbaba Mwana Waresa

    In Zulu mythology, Mbaba Mwana Waresa is the Goddess of beer because it is believed that she created the first beer for human comsumption. She is also known as the Goddess of rain and the rainbow. She is celebrated for her search of true love.

  8. Yasigi

    In certain African cultures, Yasigi is the Goddess of beer, dance and masks. Her statue portrays her as large-breasted female holding a beer ladle while dancing.

  9. Radegast

    In the Czech mythology, Radegast is the God of hospitality and mutuality. According to the legend, he is credited for the creation of beer.

  10. Raugupatis and Ragutiene

    In Ancient Baltic and Slavic mythology, Raugupatis is known as the God of fermentation. Raugutiene is Raugupatis partner and she is known as the Goddess of beer.

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  1. waubulan

    On September 20, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    i like thsi article. very informative. nice pics too.

  2. missing the makyung

    On September 20, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    ancient gods. i knew abt dionysus but the others are new to me. very informative. perhaps need to elaborate a bit more

  3. nicehaircut

    On September 22, 2007 at 9:39 am

    deity for beers. wht about wine? a wonder tho tht beer gods are effeminate

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    On September 23, 2007 at 7:51 am

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  7. dewiangsana

    On September 25, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    this will be good for my scrapbook. reeeally luv beer

  8. Gregg

    On September 27, 2007 at 8:10 pm

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  9. GoodGawdd

    On October 4, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    gawds can be happy-go-lucky though. Nice one. Feeling the urge now

  10. goody-dawdy

    On October 15, 2007 at 3:29 am

    good info on deities. I only knew Zeus and Dionysius and few other famous gods

  11. For the love of God

    On November 3, 2007 at 2:12 am

    Whats this? Gods are supposed to be sane being/entity

  12. Dee Huff

    On November 4, 2007 at 6:42 am

    Very enlightening. I thought you must have forgotten Bacchus, but when I looked him up found he’s really Dionysus. Amusing article, I liked it very much.

  13. Indranee

    On November 6, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Good write-up.

  14. BoringUma

    On November 16, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Hail to the GODS! Clink!

  15. Ruby Hawk

    On November 24, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    I didn’t know we had so many Gods of alcohol. Live and learn.

  16. Liane Schmidt

    On January 1, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Interesting, great article.

    Best wishes.


    -Liane Schmidt.

  17. Moses Ingram

    On February 1, 2008 at 11:24 am

    I had no idea that there were Gods of beer! Great article.

  18. king bersiong sux

    On February 17, 2008 at 4:37 am

    its good to know god is with us when we’re drunk

  19. Dennis

    On August 21, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    This is just great now I am going to have to get to change my kids and my names changed

  20. Rachel Summers

    On September 27, 2008 at 4:51 am

    I am gonna give my 10 new puppies these great names…

  21. Alchemical Brother

    On May 2, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Beer IS God, didn’t you hear? “Liquid food” the original manufacturers called it… It can be divine, if you treat it well…

  22. Romet

    On December 3, 2009 at 1:29 am

    I am writing a paper about the beer gods of history and in fact, Osiris is not one of them. I have read through 3 books about Egyptian mythology and one about Osiris himself and none of them make any mention of him being the god of beer. He is the god of death, the dead and the underworld. I would like to know where the author of the article got their information, because as far as I’m concerned, its wrong.

  23. Eltorio

    On December 23, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Where’s Bacchus??

  24. Muffy

    On February 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Very informative! Who knew there were so many god and godesses to beer and wine and ethanol in general. I guess you knew.

    Nice to see females represented.

    Now, try to say “Tezcatzontecatl” or “Mbaba Mwana Waresa” when you’ve had a few too many.

  25. Ragutiene

    On February 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    The only thing common between baltic goddess and picture that is given is that artis of this painting is Lithunian – Petras Kalpokas. And the name of the picture is \”Wifes portrait\” (1933).
    P.S. It is not slavic god of beer. Baltic.

    Ups… :/ not professional.

  26. Peter A,

    On June 3, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Great article, and we love the accompanying photos. If anyone is interested, you can find more Gods of Beer, Wine and Alcohol at our moderately fantastic website:

  27. futurelife

    On January 15, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Very interesting story. I love beer and coffee

  28. Alexei

    On February 19, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Of curiosity would the Finnish god/deity/mythical figure osmotar be considered for this list as they too are credited for the creation of beer

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