Beer Saved the World
Without beer, where would we be now?
The benefits of a brew go way back (20 fl.oz)
- 1600 BC. Egyptian texts contain 100 medical prescriptions calling for beer.
A beer a day keeps doctor away. Beer fueled the pyramids, too: 1 gallon of beer = daily wage for a pyramid construction worker.
To build a pyramid of Gyza: it would take 231.414.717 gallons of beer. More beer than 11 million Americans will drink in a year.
- 1200 AD. Egyptian children were even baptized with beer.
Medieval Europe: average person drank 60 to 66 gallons of it each year. since beer went through fermentation: the 3 to 4% of alcohol present in the drink effectively made it cleaner than water. All that beer
saved millions from giardia and worse.
- 1600s: midwives created ultra-strong beer to ease the pain of labor.
America wasn't just build, it was brewed. A brief history of beer (100%, est. 7/4/1776, 40 oz. of info)
- Founding fathers: George Washington; Thomas Jefferson; Samuel Adams; Ben Franklin are all brewers and great beer lovers.
- Pre-Facebook, cell phones, or Internet: the was the tavern.
12/16/1773. The sons of liberty gathered at the Green Dragon Tavern. Had a few beers and agreed to start a revolution.
- 1810: 132 brewers operated nationally.
- 60 years later: more at 4.131.
- 1850: Louis Pasteur studies beer and sees that it's alive, this led him to invent pasteurization and discover the existence of bacteria which would bring about treatments for smallpox and polio it also made
doctors start washing their hands.
It was beer that finished off the 19th century by helping develop: commercial refrigeration automatic bottling; railroad distribution.
Like our founding fathers. People today have a passion for beer (est. 2012)
- Annual beer consumption is about 22 gallons per person.
- Americans drink enough beer each year to fill 330 oil tankers.
- In the U.S. today, there are 1.482 smaller, privately-owned craft breweries. 962 of these are brew pubs, 456 are regional craft breweries, 64 are micro breweries.
- Mankind has used beer for a lot, from medicinal purposes to a vehicle for invention.
Who knows? Today's brewers may be on the brink of the next scientific breakthrough!
Special thanks to the Discovery Channel for their documentary on how beer saved the world.
References: http://www.livedash.com/transcript/How_Beer_Saved_The_World/6222/BSCP/sunday_January_30_2011/555221; http://www.beerhistory.com/library/holdings/Raley_timetable.shtml;
http://www.craftbeer.com/pages/beerlogy/history-of-beer/the-revival; http://www.infobarrel.com/20_amazing_beer_history_facts; http://www.brewerassociation.org/pages/business-tools/craft-brewing-
statistics/number-of-breweries; http://www.craftbeer.com/education/stats.html; http://www.beerhistory.com/library/holdings/Raley_timetable.shtml.
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