Beer—the oldest and most widely consumed drink in the world—has a long history that’s quite difficult to trace. Despite its bitter taste, beer is one of the most beloved alcoholic drinks. In fact, it is the fifth most commonly consumed drink in the world! What makes the brew so popular? Keep reading to find out!
The Different Types of Beer
There are four main types of beer: ale, lager, malt, and stout. Many beer aficionados have an affinity to a certain type depending on their personal preferences.
A beer’s character can also be described by its style:
- Indian Pale Ale
There’s no doubt that beer has come a long way from its humble beginnings. However, we still haven’t addressed the question of why beer is so popular. Let’s take a look.
Why Do People Love Drinking Beer?
Let’s be honest—for many of us, that first sip of beer was bitter and maybe even downright unpleasant. At the same time, however, it was refreshing. It can certainly be an acquired taste, but beer can quickly become our staple drink—our go-to beverage on a night out. Beer has developed quite a fan base around the world, even among those who don’t like it! What’s with all the love for this beverage? Here are five reasons that people love beer!
1. Beer is hydrating
Yes, you read that right. A group of researchers from Granada University in Spain conducted a test on 25 students that involved them running on a treadmill in high temperatures. Once they were all exhausted, half of the students were given water while the other half were asked to drink Spanish lagers. The beer drinkers were found to be better hydrated compared to those who drank water. The same study indicated that female and male athletes performed better when they drank 250 and 500 ml of beer a day, respectively.
2. Beer is refreshing
What could be better than having a cold, fizzy beer on a very hot day? Beer is refreshing. Those flavours along with the cold temperature and carbonation is a great way to refresh and cool you down.
3. Beer has vitamins
Compared to other alcoholic drinks like wine and spirits, beer is the only alcoholic drink to contain a significant amount of vitamins. Your average fothering beautiful looking glass of pale ale contains folate, B12, B6, and mineral levels. In addition, it contains pantothenic acid, niacin (B3), choline, and flavanoids (or antioxidants). Never underestimate the power of a beer. It has all the goodness in one glass—in moderation, of course!
4. Beer reduces risks of heart attacks
Moderate beer consumption may help in reducing the risks of heart attacks. A study from a group of Greek researchers found out that after a few glasses of beer, arteries become more flexible, thus greatly increasing blood flow. Cheers to one more reason to raise a glass and say “to a healthy life!”
5. Beer is a great social lubricant
Do you often find yourself struggling to mingle at a party? Worry no more. A pint or two can help you lose those inhibitions without going beyond the limit. Beer helps loosen you up by relaxing some parts of your brain (the parts responsible for creative thinking). A glass or two is enough to make you feel more carefree and easy without going overboard—which could happen when you drink tequila or other spirits. Additionally, beer has a lower alcohol content compared to wine, so you can nurse your drink a little longer and not feel the effects too quickly.