When asked whether beer is harmful or beneficial, you will probably answer: “Rather harmful than beneficial.” And when choosing an answer, you will be guided by accidentally acquired, subconscious information about beer that has settled in your memory against your will. A negative perception of information about beer is formed either by targeted anti-advertising of alcohol, or by the games of marketers (whose efforts are actually aimed at making us buy a certain type of beer), or by pseudoscientific sensations from British scientists in the style of “Look what other dangerous products we are opened!” By the way, British scientists themselves have not decided on this matter and monthly terrorize readers of British newspapers, changing their minds. .
In general, even the stable idioms “beer belly”, “beer alcoholism” with a negative, of course, connotation, are so firmly ingrained in our consciousness that we no longer question the reliability of sources that once again spread some kind of myth about beer.
The most popular myths about beer and their refutation are given in the article.
Myth 1. Germany produces the best beer.
The taste of the drink is an individual preference of a person. It is impossible to objectively choose the best beer-producing country, good beer can be produced anywhere, so you need to be guided by your own taste preferences and “your own” style and brand.
The fact that a certain country is called “the most beer” or “the birthplace of real beer” and most often they say so about Germany or the Czech Republic is due to the high culture of this drink in the country. It’s trite, but historically and geographically it happened that there are no good conditions for vineyards here, and national alcohol should develop. The people found a way out and started cultivating beer. Centuries have passed – and German beer is already a brand, almost a UNESCO heritage, they make it with high quality and love, making money by attracting tourists to beer festivals.
And today, the United States has now taken the first position among the beer countries, where in recent years there has been a boom in mini-brewing, and the states are proud that they have ALL the existing beer styles in the world.
Myth 2. Beer causes obesity
This is the most common myth about beer. Are you afraid that a “beer belly” will grow? But beer does not contain sugar, which means that it is not important that you drink beer, it is important how much you eat.
Wine or carbonated drinks have more calories than beer. Like any alcoholic drink, drinking beer appeals to the appetite. Chips, salted nuts and other snacks can harm the figure. Objectively, there are much more sugars in the composition of wine, champagne and carbonated drinks, but for some reason no one is sounding the alarm about extra pounds from wine.
The secret is that drinking beer activates the appetite, and along with beer, you can eat a lot of chips, salted nuts and other snacks that are harmful to your figure without looking.
Myth 3. Alcohol is used in the manufacture of beer.
Cheap sorts of Russian bottled beer literally scream about it – as soon as you uncork the cap, you can feel the persistent smell of alcohol. However, in fact, adding alcohol to beer is completely unprofitable, so if alcohol is added, it is extremely rare in exceptional cases.
In addition, no brewery will add alcohol to the drink, as it is formed naturally as a result of fermentation – yeast can produce up to 13% alcohol. Adding alcohol to beer is unprofitable, unreasonable, and ultimately prohibited by technical regulations.
Home brewing does not use alcohol, and if you make beer for yourself, you will know better than anyone what you put there and why.
Myth 4. Beer should be drunk cold.
Marketers definitely tried on this myth. Because this is the only way to force people to consume low-quality drinks, since strong cooling hides bad taste (receptors cool down, their sensitivity decreases). The true taste of a heavily chilled beer can be overlooked even if you are very thirsty.
In fact, the temperature of drinking beer depends on its style. Belgian ale, for example, can bring out its full flavor when brought to just below room temperature.
Many other styles require a temperature of around 12°C to bring out the flavor. And it is generally not recommended to cool beer in the freezer, since most of the useful qualities are lost.
Some styles take time – you need to pour the beer into a glass and let it “breathe” – thus reducing carbonation. And by the way, when drinking beer from a bottle, the main taste of the drink is lost – another reason to pour it into a glass.