#70 Be Grateful for Beer

#70 Beer

What a great day it has been today. I have had the possibility to really meet one of Canada’s smartest people and I were so lucky to talk with him for over an hour. That is true life experience that you can’t replace with any amount of monetary value.

Search up the Urbee a fantastic project by this man and his team 🙂

So I were sitting here and looking forward to the weekend gathering with my wife’s family and one of my favorite things to drink is beer! Especially throughout summer Canadians love to enjoy a ice cold beer. You out there that loves beer you knows exactly what I am talking about.

So why should we be grateful for beer?

  • It tastes great.
  • It comes in different varieties.
  • It is made in almost any country in the world.
  • It is making people social.
  • It is used for celebration.
  • It is fun to drink beer.
  • You can meet new people drinking beer.
  • You might have met your mate drinking beer.
  • It could have made you do something you never would have dared to do before.
  • It makes you laugh more.
  • It helps people get work.

Beers have been enjoyed throughout the 1000’s of years humans have been alive. It has been brewed for as long as we have known how to make alcoholic beverages.

Here is a little background on where beer come from:


Main article: History of beer

Egyptian wooden model of beer making in ancient Egypt, Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSan Jose, California

Beer is one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, possibly dating back to the early Neolithic or 9500 BC, when cereal was firstfarmed,[11] and is recorded in the written history of ancient Egyptand Mesopotamia.[12] Archaeologists speculate that beer was instrumental in the formation of civilisations.[13]

The earliest known chemical evidence of barley beer dates to circa 3500–3100 BC from the site of Godin Tepe in the Zagros Mountainsof western Iran.[14][15] Some of the earliest Sumerian writings found in the region contain references to a type of beer; one such example, a prayer to the goddess Ninkasi, known as “The Hymn to Ninkasi”, served as both a prayer as well as a method of remembering the recipe for beer in a culture with few literate people.[9][10] The Ebla tablets, discovered in 1974 in Ebla, Syria and date back to 2500 BC, reveal that the city produced a range of beers, including one that appears to be named “Ebla” after the city.[16] A fermented beverage using rice and fruit was made in China around 7000 BC. Unlike sake, mold was not used to saccharify the rice (amylolytic fermentation); the rice was probably prepared for fermentation by mastication or malting,[17][18]

Almost any substance containing sugar can naturally undergo alcoholic fermentation. It is likely that many cultures, on observing that a sweet liquid could be obtained from a source of starch, independently invented beer. Bread and beer increased prosperity to a level that allowed time for development of other technology and contributed to the building of civilizations.[19][20][21][22]

Beer was spread through Europe by Germanic and Celtic tribes as far back as 3000 BC,[23] and it was mainly brewed on a domestic scale.[24] The product that the early Europeans drank might not be recognised as beer by most people today. Alongside the basic starch source, the early European beers might contain fruits, honey, numerous types of plants, spices and other substances such as narcotic herbs.[25] What they did not contain washops, as that was a later addition, first mentioned in Europe around 822 by a Carolingian Abbot[26] and again in 1067 by Abbess Hildegard of Bingen.[27]

In 1516, William IV, Duke of Bavaria, adopted the Reinheitsgebot (purity law), perhaps the oldest food-quality regulation still in use in the 21st century, according to which the only allowed ingredients of beer are water, hopsand barley-malt.[28] Beer produced before the Industrial Revolution continued to be made and sold on a domestic scale, although by the 7th century AD, beer was also being produced and sold by European monasteries. During the Industrial Revolution, the production of beer moved from artisanal manufacture to industrial manufacture, and domestic manufacture ceased to be significant by the end of the 19th century.[29] The development ofhydrometers and thermometers changed brewing by allowing the brewer more control of the process and greater knowledge of the results.

Today, the brewing industry is a global business, consisting of several dominant multinational companies and many thousands of smaller producers ranging from brewpubs to regional breweries.[30] As of 2006, more than 133 billion liters (35 billion gallons), the equivalent of a cube 510 metres on a side, of beer are sold per year, producing total global revenues of $294.5 billion (£147.7 billion).[31]

In 2010, China’s beer consumption hit 450 million hectoliters (45 billion liters) or nearly twice that of the United States but only 5 percent sold were Premium draught beers, compared with 50 percent in France and Germany.[32]

What I want you to do next time you get a bottle of beer is being grateful for that people have used their time to brew such a great beverage as beer!

“Beer, it’s the best damn drink in the world.” -Jack Nicholson

John Thore Stub Sneisen(c)


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