Wine is already well known in European cultures to have religious value. This dates back to early Biblical scripture.
Even alcohols such as Ouzo began as a project of early 14th century monks of the monasteries in Greece.
Pulque ['pulke] is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey plant. It is traditional to central Mexico, where it has been produced for millennia. The drink’s history extends far back into the Mesoamerican period, when it was considered sacred, and its use was limited to certain classes of people. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulque). Note: Aztecs of Mexico are known to have consumed this beverage.
Balché is a kind of mead, an intoxicating beverage consumed by the ancient Maya and by some of their descendants today. The peoples of Mesoamerica have long held the balché tree and their mysterious beverage sacred. Because the drink had strong religious significance to the Maya, the Spaniards banned the beverage in an attempt to convert them to Christianity. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balché)