Beer is the world’s most consumed alcoholic beverage. And it’s been around for ages, but how much do you actually know about it?
#1. The beer belly is a lie.
According to nutritionist Dr. Kathryn O’Sullivan, who exposed the falseness of this widespread belief.
#2. Beer strengthens bones.
Beer is rich in silicon, a mineral which increases calcium deposits.
#3. The bumps on the bottom of beer bottles are there for a reason.
They provide friction when the bottles travel on conveyor belts.
#4. You can tell how alcoholic your beer is depending on how things float in it.
The denser the beer, the less alcohol. True story.
#5. When ancient Egyptians built the pyramids, they sustained themselves with beer.
Workers at Giza received about 4 litres of beer a day!
#6. There’s a study that claims beer can prevent kidney stones.
A bottle a day apparently reduces the risk by 40%. Who would’ve thought?
#7. Vikings believed in a sacred goat whose udders would supply a limitless amount of beer.
All part of the Valhalla appeal.
#8. Jelly beer is an actual thing.
Popular in Thailand, beers are cooled in a machine called a Bia Wun, which gives the beer a sort of slushie form.
#9. Weed-infused beer is also an actual thing.
Because smoking bud is soooo 2000. You can buy it commercially (maybe?) or google for a recipe.
#10. Beer helps increase your memory.
According to Rush University Medical Center, beer makes you 23% less likely to develop memory problems later in life.
#11. There’s beer made with real moon dust.
We can all thank Dogfish Head for that.
#12. George Washington’s troops were partially paid in beer.
He had his own brewhouse in Mount Vernon, so it made sense. *Cough* product placement *cough*.
#13. Garlic beer exists, and apparently it’s not that bad.
Dark, roasty, and surprisingly, chocolatey.
#14. You can also get beer concentrate.
Check it out here. It’s perfect for those camping trips!
#15. There are gluten-free beers that don’t suck.
According to this list from thrillst. Because if anything should be gluten-free, it’s beer… right?
#16. There’s a hotel made out of 83,000 beer cans.
Brewhouse Mountain Eco-Inn in York Haven, Pennsylvania, can be rented out, straight through Airbnb.
#17. Beer can be used to put out fires.
Mainly because it’s mostly made up of water. Just shake a bottle of beer and spray it towards a fire to put it out. FireScienceSchools lists beer as a fire extinguishing tool, right in between urine and sand.
#18. Beer increases your dopamine levels.
We can all thank the University of Indiana for this fine discovery.
#19. You can take a beer bath as a spa treatment.
You can bathe in your beer, and drink it too. #nojudgment.
#20. There are universities in America that offer courses on beer brewing.
Seriously. Google it.
#21. Beer bubbles are monitored using the same technology that’s used to monitor volcanoes.
Here, some literature on the Physics of Beer Bubbles.
#22. Keeping beer in freezing temperatures gives it a stronger kick.
Take our word for it. Or if you’re a bit skeptical, you can read about it on popsci.
Go forth and spread the good news of the brew!