Beer: 10 interesting facts!

Posted on Jan 17, 2021      143

If you still associate beer with unshaven, pot-bellied men, then you know nothing about the oldest drink on earth, which literally created the human civilization that we know today. Don’t believe it? Then what you read next will surprise you greatly...

The beer that created civilization

1. In fact, beer really is the oldest drink, artificially got by primitive man at the very dawn of human civilization. Archaeologists in the Middle East discovered the first signs of the earliest brewing. They date back to the tenth millennium BC! According to the findings of scientists in ancient China; they brewed beer two thousand years later - about eight thousand years BC. And in the fifth millennium BC according to archeologists’ finds a rather developed and rich brewing culture existed in Mesopotamia.

2. Contrary to popular belief, beer appeared in the diet of primitive man long before wine. After all, in order to produce wine, humanity first had to come up with quality pottery in which to store and age the grapes and the resulting wine. While I can get beer in more primitive containers, for example - in wooden vessels.

3. Judging by the analysis of the remnants of beer production, our ancestors were not limited to the malt, hops and water as raw materials for their beer. Hops began to be used for brewing late - around the 12th and 13th centuries AD. But the ancient brewers did not limit themselves in their choice of other plants for their experiments. For example, the ancient Indians brewed chocolate beer on cocoa beans. As I used beer in many religious rituals of ancient people, various herbs, roots, tree bark and other potent substances were added to produce an ecstatic intoxicating effect. The ancient Sumerians, the Chinese, the Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Aztecs, and the Zulu sinned with it.

4. According to anthropologists, it was beer that caused our ancestors to switch from a nomadic lifestyle to a settled agricultural one. Yes, the vegetation and fauna in ancient times was rich and varied, and it enabled people not to feel food shortages. But people wanted the fun that alcohol could give. At first they got it from fermented fruits, but this pleasure was available to them once or twice a year - during the ripening of these fruits. The fermentation of milled and sprouted grain was available all year round, because it was much easier to preserve grain than apples or grapes.

5. Surely you’ve all heard the phrase “Beer is liquid bread”? It goes all the way back to ancient times. Since primeval beer was not filtered, it contained the remains of milled grains and unfermented sugars and was therefore not only a drink but also a meal. Some time later they learned to drink beer from vessels through a tube and filtered it, while the remaining pellets were used to make cakes and to feed livestock.

Beer: interesting statistics

6. Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world, and among non-alcoholic beverages it takes the honorable third place after water and tea. Sociologists have calculated that about 0.7% of the world's population are intoxicated by alcohol. One fifth of them are drunk from beer. And that’s over 10 million people!

7. The Belgian brewery concern AB-InBev has been the world leader in industrial beer production for many years. It owns such international beer brands as Budweiser/Bud, Corona, Staropramen, Stella Artois, Beck’s, Lowenbrau, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Taller, Franziskaner, Spaten and others. The company brews over 3.5 billion liters of foam annually. The company’s capitalization (asset value) at the end of 2017 was estimated at $180 billion.

8. Czechs drink the most beer per year: according to different data, 146 to 156 liters of the heady drink per capita. The Irish are in second place, drinking 131 liters per year on average. The third place is traditionally occupied by the Germans with their 115 liters per year. In Ukraine the per capita consumption of beer dropped to 42 liters by the beginning of 2018, while in 2011 it was as much as 68 liters per year. Alas, with rising beer prices because of unfortunate legislative changes and a general drop in income over the past few years, more and more Ukrainians prefer beer to vodka, a bottle of which costs less than a glass of good craft beer.

9. If Czechs seem like beer alcoholics to you, I think you might be interested to know that in the Middle Ages, the average European drank about 300 liters of beer a year! But this was due not only to his love of alcohol, but more to the extremely poor quality of water. After all, it was customary to discharge all waste products into the nearby rivers and lakes, and they had not yet invented treatment facilities. Epidemics “wiped out” the population of entire regions. Fermentation killed most of the pathogenic bacteria, making even low-quality beer much safer than ordinary well or river water.

10. The largest beer festival in the world is Oktoberfest. It is held annually in Munich, Germany. This 16-day beer fair runs from late September to the first weekend in October. The festival recently celebrated its 200th anniversary! Every year over 6 million beer lovers from all over the world attend this event. But Oktoberfest is not an international beer festival. Only Munich 

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