Did you know beer is the 3rd most consumed drink in the world? Today is the International Beer Day and we want to know why.
The International Beer Day, celebrated every first Friday in August, is a day to honour the age old beverage that is part of human history.
A BIT OF BEER HISTORY
The earliest proof of Beer production dates as far back as 3500–3100 BC, in the Zagros Mountains of Western Iran. In fact, Beer is recorded in the written history of ancient Iraq and ancient Egypt and is speculated to have been instrumental in the formation of civilizations.
During the building of the Great Pyramids in Giza, Egypt, workers received a daily ration of four to five litres of beer, which served as both nutrition and refreshment that was crucial to the pyramids’ construction.
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Beer is highly consumed in several countries as evidenced by the photos above taken by a beer enthusiast from different parts of the world.
Beer is definitely a part of human history. No wonder we are celebrating the International Beer Day today.
TYPES OF BEER
Beers differ mainly in composition and fermentation process. This affects the colour so beers can be clearer than tea or as dark as malt drinks.
Ale, could be Pale Ale, Real Ale etc. These are fermented naturally, without the addition of hops (which adds flavour and aids fermentation) and may or may not contain barley, depending on the type of ale, but usually in small quantities.
Stouts are the dark beers and are typically made from roasted malts or roasted barley which makes them bitter. They have a smooth and rich texture.
Wheat beer, as the name implies, is brewed with a lot of wheat. In some variants, malt could be added to it, but wheat remains the major ingredient.
Last but not least is lager. This is the most common beer around the world and is probably the most consumed beer in Nigeria. This beer undergoes a cool fermentation process as it is stored in cool cellars and caves during summer. With time the beers keep fermenting and become clear of sediments, that is any particles in the liquid.
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
Beer prevents kidney stones. A study published in American Journal of Epidemiology estimated that a bottle of beer consumed every day reduces the risk of kidney stones by 40%. Not bad ehn?
Because of the ethanol and alcohol in beer, it could have long or short term effects on the consumer depending on the amount taken, the percentage of alcohol in the beer, the timespan of drinking, if the person ate before drinking etc.
Ever wondered what causes beer belly aka pot belly in drinkers?
Well, it is considered that overeating and lack of muscle tone is the main cause of a beer belly, rather than beer consumption itself. According to Wikipedia, a 2004 study did find a link between binge drinking and a beer belly. But with most cases of overconsumption, it is more a problem of improper exercise and overconsumption of carbohydrates than the product itself.
1. Beer is one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, possibly dating back to the early Neolithic or 9500 BC.
2. Did you know beer and beer-making has an official scientific name? It’s called ZYTHOLOGY. It derives from the Greek words “zythos” (beer) and “logos” (study).
3. In Amsterdam, alcoholics are paid in beer for cleaning the city streets. Local alcoholics receive 10 Euros, half a packet of rolling tobacco and 5 beers as payment by a government-funded organization.
In many societies, beer is a staple for celebrations or just relaxation, but for certain communities, religions and for personal reasons, a good number of people abstain from beer (alcohol intake) as it is considered an impure activity. Some see the drinking of beer as ingesting a harmful substance to an otherwise pure body.
In some parts of Nigeria, beer is brewed and enjoyed locally while others prefer the bottled variety. The latter is common in cities with a high working class who seek relaxation after work and can be seen enjoying a bottle or two with friends.
Do you take beer, What’s your favourite?
I can’t say I do or have a favourite, but I tried a lager in my take of Sunny Anderson’s beer batter deep-fried eggplant and dip and it was good. ?
PS. Heating up beer usually burns off the alcohol in the beverage.
Happy International Beer Day
Photo credit:Beer photos from @OotheNigerian