6 Facts You Might Not Know about Beer
These facts might even come in handy to help you win a bar bet or two!
First known beer
The first beer dates back to ancient China around the year 7000 BCE.
The word beer itself comes from the latin word bibere which means “to drink”
Ales and Lagers
Beers are usually classified as either a lager or ale. There is also a hybrid/mixed style as well. The Beer Advocate defines ales and lagers as such:
Ale: Uses yeast that ferments at the “top” of the fermentation vessel, and typically at higher temperatures than lager yeast (60°-75°F). That process results in a quicker fermentation period, which ranges from a week to possibly even less time. Ale yeast are known to produce by-products called esters. Esters are “flowery” and “fruity” aromas that can be anything from apples to even grass.
Lager: The word lager comes from the German word lagern which means, “to store”. A perfect description as lagers are brewed with bottom fermenting yeast that work slowly at around 34 degrees F, and are often further stored at cool temperature to mature. Lager yeast produce fewer by-product characters than ale yeast which allows for other flavors to pull through, such as hops.
Want to go even deeper in your beer knowledge? Check out the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines for a breakdown of ales, lagers, and beyond.
That’s a lot of beer!
The Beer Advocate has records on more than 32,000 beers! And there are even more than that with the rise of microbreweries.
Just say no to the frosty mug! The type of glass you pour your beer in is vital to bring out the full flavor of your beverage of choice. See which glassware matches just right with your beer here.
You wouldn’t want this in a spelling bee
The fear of an empty beer glass has a name…and it’s a mouthful…Cenosillicaphobia.