One of the first things many people notice on their initial visit to the Hog Wallow is the intricate wood carving of a woman on the wall behind the bar. She is Ninkasi, the Sumerian goddess of beer, and we have carved her into our walls as a tribute to the long history and tradition of brewing beer.
Ninkasi was an important figure in Sumerian mythology, as she was believed to have taught humans how to brew beer. In ancient Sumer, beer was not just a drink but a staple of everyday life. It was used in religious ceremonies, social gatherings, and even as a form of payment.
Ninkasi was revered for her role in brewing beer, as it was seen as a gift from the gods. She was also associated with fertility and agriculture, and her blessings were believed to be necessary for a successful harvest.
The wood carving of Ninkasi on our walls is both a decorative element and a reminder of beer's long and rich history. It is a tribute to the goddess who taught humans how to brew beer and who played an important role in Sumerian culture and religion.
At the Hog Wallow, we take pride in our selection of local craft beers and our commitment to the art of brewing. We believe that beer is not just a drink but a symbol of community, culture, and tradition. And with Ninkasi watching over us, we hope to continue serving the perfect pint for years to come.
So next time you are at the Hog, take a moment to appreciate the stunning word carving of Ninkasi on our wall. Let it be a reminder of the long and rich history of beer and of the goddess who taught us how to brew it, and how to enjoy it with friends.