Did beer save the world? According to this infographic, beer has been a boon to mankind since the time of the Egyptians (who used it as medicine), an economic driver behind railroad development, commercial refrigeration and, yes, the automatic (and hypnotic) bottling process.
Hmm. You know, it has been suggested that our ancestor's thirst for brews made human civilization possible -- by driving man to cultivate cereal crops, fruits and vegetables to ferment. I suppose hunger may have had something to do with the development of agriculture as well, but after all, isn't beer food?
What other great contributions has beer made to human civilization?