IT turns out that Neolithic man may have liked his beer just as much as his modern-day counterparts.
Scientists have come up with the theory after an archaeological dig in inland Malaga uncovered fossils of cultivated wheat and barley dating back an incredible 7000 years.
The landmark discovery, which also found fossilised beans and peas took place at a site in Cerro de la Higuera – between Ardales and Teba.
The find has shed an unprecedented light on the eating, drinking and farming habits of settlers during the Stone Age.
“In addition to pork from domesticated pigs and hunted meat and fish, they were already eating bread and probably making beer,” explained Pedro Cantalejo, from Guadalteba Heritage Network.
“They were also perhaps making the first bean stews in their cooking pots,” he added.
Subsequent carbon dating has estimated the find to come from between 5009 and 4942 BC.
Previous archaeological discoveries within the area have merely unearthed ceramics, tools and jewelery – highlighting the significance of the recent find.