Before this blog gets too in depth with beer knowledge and terminology, it’s a good time to share some info and fun facts about our common passion – BEER!
- There are 4 main ingredients – Malt (mostly barley), hops, yeast, and water.
- There are 2 main types of beer – ale and lagers. Ales use “top-fermenting” yeasts brewed around room temperature. Ales would be anything from pale ales to porters and barley wines. Lagers use “bottom-fermenting” yeasts brewed at colder temperatures and take much longer to brew, giving it a crisp flavor. There are lagers, bocks, and pilsners.
- Darker beers do not mean stronger beers. Color comes from the roast level of the malt, not from strength or bitterness. The more the malt is roasted, the darker the beer.
- Beer contains vitamin B and fiber, but I wouldn’t substitute it for your Flintstone Chewable Vitamins.
- Hops are used to balance the sweetness of the malt with a bitter flavor. These are most noticeable in IPA’s (India Pale Ale).
- IPAs were originally brewed to survive the long trip from Britain to India by water, so they were made stronger and more hoppy.
- Weihenstephan Abbey in Bavaria is the world’s oldest brewery (1040) and is still in operation today.
- The London Beer Flood killed 9 people in 1814 when 300,000 gallons poured onto the streets. It also destroyed 2 houses and a pub.
- Have you ever heard of Cenosillicaphobia? It is the fear of an empty glass. The only prescription is more cowbell beer!
- Prohibition lasted 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, 17 hours, 32.5 minutes (approximately…).
- Americans spend $74 Billion on beer annually.
- Behind tea and water, beer is the 3rd most consumed beverage in the world.
And now that you have learned all these facts about that once thought basic idea of “beer”, you can be the smartest person at happy hour!