If you want to impress everyone with your knowledge about beer, then this is the article for you. The beloved alcoholic drink is proclaimed as one of the oldest and the most widely consumed in the world. Beer plays a role in the history of many countries and is associated with many traditions. Here are 15 facts that will really help you appreciate beer even more:
1) Beer cans first appeared in 1933
There used to be a brewery called Krueger in America that worked with a canning company to package Krueger Special Beer. It is known that this is the first time beer appeared in cans. Interestingly, that beer had only a 3.2% of alcohol.
2) Beer consumption tops 7.3 Million Litter as Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is the world's largest beer festival. It is manually held in Germany in Munich, Bavaria. Oktoberfest in 2019 amazed with the epic number of beer consumption - 7.3 million Liters.
3) Snow - best selling beer?
This might come as a a surprise to many! "Snow" is a beer which is extremely cheap and is brewed for the Chinese market. With over 1 billion people in China, the country has the world's largest beer market by volume.
4) Were people drinking beer 5,000 years ago?
The people that lived in the Mesopotamia in 10,000 BCE there was plenty of beer to drink! The beer didn't have hops, which means it perhaps didn't taste so good, but people had their pick of eight different barley-based beers, and eight wheat-based ones.
5) Beer and foam
Some people really find bear foam unpleasant and are fast to dismiss it, but there is a catch. The foam is very necessary, the more foam a beer has the more flavor it will have as well. If your beer does not have foam then something is wrong with it!
6) The oldest beer alive
Interestingly the world’s oldest drinkable beer was discovered in 2010 in Finland. It was on a 19th-century wrecked ship, absolutely preserved. It had a strong acidic aftertaste due to fermenting. After a complicated scientific analysis the company the Finnish company: Stallhagen succeeded in recreating this recipe and produced a fresh version of the 170 year old beer.
7) Water quality is important for the beer
Water is one of the most important components in the beer. Obviously without water there wouldn't be any beer. What is naturally very interesting is that water quality is essential to producing a good tasting beer. Tap water of course will not do. A big number of breweries choose to craft their beers near clean and pure water sources.
8) Best Beer?
Ever wondered which beer is considered the best? This might definitely surprise some of you. According to beer lovers, the beer is called Westvleteren 12. It has an alcohol percentage of 10.2 and has been around since 1940. It is a dark beer that has a taste like chocolate. Monks in Vleteren, Belgium brew it and it can only be bought from there - Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus. The monks say: "We make the beer to live but we do not live for beer".
9) World's strongest Beer?
„Snake Venom“ is considered to be the world's strongest beer. While regular beer usually have about 5% of alcohol, this Scottish monster has a stomach-burning 67,5%. This beer is definitely not for the faint-hearted
10) Kidney Stones
Interestingly beer prevents kidney stones. A study published in American Journal of Epidemiology concluded that a bottle of beer consumed every day reduces the risk by 40%. Of course you should never start drinking as a way to avoid kidney stones and keep in mind that this works only when drink is consumed moderately.
11) People from which country drink beer the most?
This one might not be so surprising, the answer is Czech Republic. Some of the best beer in the world is being produced over there. The pubs throughout the country are full of people that appreciate beer and each region has it's own unique and favorite beer. An interesting fact is that Czech Republic is the original home of the Budweiser.
12) Heineken - Vegan?
Heineken contains absolutely no animal products. However it is good to know that there is 3.5g of sugar and 40 calories in every 100ml of beer. It's not gluten free but it is one of the best known beers around the world!
Have you ever heard this word - Cenosilicaphobia? Well it means - the fear of an empty beer glass. It turns out many people suffer from this particular fear.
14) International beer day
International Beer Day held annually on the first Friday of every August. This tradition began 2007 in Santa Cruz, California. Nowadays it has grown into a worldwide celebration spanning 207 cities, 80 countries and 6 continents. I
Here are the International Beer Day declared purposes:
- To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer.
- To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer.
- To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day.
15) Beer and bones
Researchers found that the Beer contains a substance that boosts bones and could mean there is a smaller chance to suffer from osteoporosis.
They discovered that beer has high levels of silicon known that slow downs the bone thinning that leads to fractures and boosting the formation of new bone.
We hope you were able to learn something new and interesting and if you feel thirsty like us feel free to head to our Beer section and check our vast selection
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