And then there's this... (cont. from pt. 1)
Bell beakers, as well as for example earlier Michelsberg Culture tulip beakers (see Figure 4), have sometimes extremely everted rims, that make direct drinking almost impossible. Such pots may have been used as containers or vessels for manipulation of liquids prior to their consumption, or they were designed for drinking using a straw, such as it is known from beer drinking scenes of ancient Mesopotamia or Egypt.
The beaker below gives you an idea of what an everted rim looks like, but suffice to say that it does not pour well and you can't drink without half of the beverage running down your beard. I doubt Bronze Age women would appreciate that.
Another point he makes is that some beakers are obscenely big to the point of being impractical. Bell beaker beer steins aren't little 12 oz mugs. They are often huge.
Another point about beards and mustaches (I can tell you from personal experience), they are difficult to eat and drink with. If you're going on a date, no hot wings, spaghetti, ice cream, or basically anything. In fact, in the 19th century the popularity of big mustaches caused a resurgence of the rye straw and the beverage guard.
So how beverages were consumed might tell us a little about their grooming habits or the style of beer that was consumed.
Turek then discusses the Central European Corded Ware graves of men, women and children that often contained what appears to have been a beer-containing amphora, often without any accompanying cup to drink. With this, he suggests that these beers could have been sipped much as we see in the Near East, and again it may reflect a certain 'style' of beer.
It's important to note that even up until the Iron Age, Thracians and Dacians consumed beer with straws, much to the disgust of their more civilized Greek neighbors. Of course, drinking beer this way doesn't reflect some primitive way of brewing (as some retarded people suggests), rather it reflects a particular style of beer (bread beer), and one that seems to have been a favorite in Mesopotamia.
To give an example of this "ethnic style of beer" we see a Semitic man named Trr, drinking beer with his probably Egyptian wife, Irbr. Rachel Sparks (2014) suggests that drinking beer from straws was limited to Asiatics in Egypt, as Egyptians never really adopted the use of straws. In other words, Egyptians drank beer like you and me.
|The Hubbard Amphora 800BC (Cyprus Museum in Nicosia (1938-XI/2/3))|
Another example is the Hubbard Amphora which Diakaios suggests is not actually representative of how Cypriots drank their beer, but as in the previous example represents a foreign type. See Brewing Classical Styles for commentary on Dikaios, P. 1936/1937. “An Iron Age Painted Amphora in the Cyprus Museum.” BSA 37: 56-72.
Using rye grass straws seems to have come in and out of vogue in Europe through the centuries, and surprise, rye straws are coming back as a more ecologically-friendly alternative to plastic straws or the worthless, recycled paper straws.
See also, "The Barbarian's Beverage:" Max Nelson