Beer 101

Beer Pints on Table

Prohibitionists and other conservatives have long viewed beer as the devil’s brew.

Beer itself isn’t so bad; it’s people that have given it a bad rap. When used in a controlled, social setting, beer is nothing more than a cold, refreshing break time treat.

Rich History
There is evidence that beer has been around almost along as history itself. Pre-historic man is said to have created beer before learning that grains could also be used to produce another dietary staple called “bread”. Noah is said to have stocked his ark with beer. Ancient Babylonian clay tables revealing recipes for beer date back to 4300 BC.

Social Acceptance
Clearly, beer has always been in important element at social gatherings. It’s a staple at sport arenas, card games, billiards, any most competitive and entertainment events. Problems can arise, however, when beer drinkers over indulge or believe they can drink way more than sane mind can handle then there is a chance that problems will arise, drinking in excess can brew trouble.

Worldwide Acclaim
Beer is consumed all over the world. North America, South America, Asia and Europe all have rich beer histories. Breweries can be found in Mongolia, many African countries, and Middle East countries including Iraq and Syria. Virtually anywhere a thirsty traveler stops to rest, a cold pint can easily be found. Many beers of the world are imported and readily available to North American beer drinkers looking to explore new flavors.

Rating Systems
Some avid beer drinkers actually rate the beers they consume, tally the scores and post their comments on Internet websites to determine the world’s most popular brews. Beer drinkers in America can correspond online with their Russian counterparts and swap bottles of beer through the mail. Others drink a variety of beers to keep and collect the bottles and caps. Pubs sometimes host beer clubs, awarding plaques or personalized steins to those who have purchased and quaffed every brand of beer on the menu.

Glass or Cans?
Some beer drinkers prefer to quaff from a proper pint glass, while some others downright refuse to drink from a bottle or can. Drinking from a glass or stein helps to release the aromas of the beer, so the drinker is able to appreciate more than just the taste of the brew. Pouring beer into a vessel also allows a head to form on the beer, an important element for many beer drinkers. Similar to wine and spirits, there are specific glasses available for different types of beer. Many brewers produce glassware intended for use with their own brand of beer.

The ideal beer temperature varies depending on a number of factors. More experienced beer drinkers will tell you that a warmer temperature enhances the flavor, while colder temperatures inhibit the senses of the tongue and throat. Subtle nuances are weakened, and the main flavor is downright destroyed by low temperatures. On the other hand, those who work hard and play hard expect an ice-cold beer, served in a frosty mug. Irish beer drinkers insist that a pint of Irish Guinness is best served at room temperature.

The way beer is poured has influence over the presentation of beer. The flow rate from the tap, position of the pour and the tilting of the glass all affect the outcome.

How the beer is poured determines the size and longevity of the head, and the turbulence of the pour affects how the carbonization is released. More heavily carbonated beers, such as German pilsners, need time to settle before they’re served. Many barkeeps will serve the beer with remaining yeast at the bottom of the glass to add extra color and flavor.

Pros and Cons of Beer Consumption
Although beer is a drink that contains alcohol, the alcohol alone does not make it dangerous to your health. Drinking beer excessively is what leads to hangovers, headaches, and the more severe healthy problems. If you drink beer in moderation and avoid getting drunk, you will not experience any problems with your health.

One of the most common things people say about beer, is that it makes you fat, hence the term “Beer Belly”. As a whole, beer contains little to no fat, and there are plenty of beer diets out there that you can use to stay thin. The infamous, “Beer Belly” is caused by consuming too much alcohol, which affects the body’s ability to burn fat. Even though beer can indeed lead to a “Beer Belly” if you drink too much of it, by drinking in moderation you should be good to go. If you have any issues or unnatural reactions while consuming beer, stop immediately and consult your physician.

Even though beer is low in sugar, it can affect your blood sugar levels. Beer contains alcohol, which can drop the natural level of sugar in your blood, leading to low energy levels. If you drink too much beer, you will get really tired and most likely fall asleep. Alcohol in beer will also lower insulin levels as well, which makes it beneficial for non-diabetics, as it will reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis.

In the past, research has linked beer with reducing the risk for heart disease, beer contains no cholesterol, it contains antioxidants, it is an excellent source of fiber, beer contains vitamins and can reduce stress.

To get the health benefits that beer provides, you should drink in moderation and no more than one beer a day, as it can easily lead to health problems from over consumption.

Alcohol will thin out your blood, which will protect your heart and reduce the risk of strokes and research has even shown moderate consumption of alcohol can help with improving your memory. But remember, if you drink it excessively, it can destroy brain cells, the adverse effect.

Beer nutrition has pros and cons as it can provide vitamins; yet also destroy your levels of vitamins. Beer is a great source of fiber, as well as other minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and several B vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12, it contains high levels of these vitamins, along with other minerals that are actually great for your body. Although it offers plenty of B vitamins and other minerals your body needs, it will also destroy your vitamin C levels, which is why you never want to drink too much of it.

When it comes down to it, beer may contain over 95% water, yet it is still a diuretic, due to the fact that beer contains alcohol, it will always be a diuretic. When you drink beer, you should avoid drinking too much and never, ever, drink beer instead of water. Beer can dehydrate your body fairly quickly, which is one of the biggest cons to the beverage.

Although beer does have several health benefits, drinking too much can easily hinder them. To stay on the safe side and avoid headaches and other health effects you should always drink responsibly, never drink too much, and always drink water when you are drinking beer.

Served warm or cold, from a bottle or glass, beer is an important part of society from Montana to Mongolia, a large number of men and women around the world love beer.

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