10 Shocking Facts About Beer

Here’s the 8,000 Star Bottle Tree built in 2014 to break the current World Record of 1,000 beer bottles held by the Chinese city of Shanghai. The bottle tree was formerly located on the Bar Beach in Victoria Island, Lagos.Beer is as old as one could possibly think, dating as far back as 7,000 years ago. Here are 10 of the most shocking beer facts.1. SAFE ALTERNATIVE TO WATERIn medieval Europe, beer was a safe and tasty alternative to often-contaminated water that transmitted diseases.2. THE ‘HONEYMOON’ CONCEPTIt was the accepted practice in ancient Babylonia 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink.Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, the period was called the ‘honey moon’ – or what we know today as the honeymoon.3. THE ‘RULE OF THUMB’Before thermometers were invented, brewers would dip a thump or finger into the mix to find the right temperature for adding yeast. Too cold, and the yeast would not grow. Too hot, and the yeast would die. This thumb in the beer is where we get the phrase ‘rule of thumb’.4. THE TERM ‘BERSERK’ STARTED WITH BEER CONSUMPTIONAfter consuming a bucket or even two of a vibrant brew they called ‘ale’, the Vikings would head fearlessly into battle often without armour or even shirts. In fact, the term ‘berserk’ means ‘bare shirt’ in Norse, and eventually took on the meaning of their wild battles.5. BREWING STARTED IN THE MONASTERY!Beer is as old as one could possibly think, dating as far back as 7,000 years ago and monks in the monastery initially did the brewing.6. 90% WATERWater accounts for more then 90% of beer content, so it supports hydration. Water is purified in the brewery to make it brew prefect. Also, water can infuse beer with unique flavour, particularly as and when it comes from a source such as a well.7. BREAD SOAKED IN WATERBeer began as a drink made from soaking bread in water and allowing it to ferment. A diet of bread and water was often used as punishment.8. BEER BREWING AS A HOUSEHOLD CHOREBeer brewing used to be a part of the household chores done mostly by females.9. BEER & STRONG BONESBeer helps with strong bones formation because it contains the best source of silicon and it protects bone mineral density.10. BEER IS HEALTHYModerate consumption of beer can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Beer could reduce blood pressure, heart disease and the risk of diabetes. It also doesn’t lead to weight gain or ‘beer belly’. In reality, lack of exercise causes weight gain.

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