Myths and legends about beers: we reveal them all

All kinds of affirmations circulate on beer from mouth to mouth: Beer is a summer-only drink, Germans are the most brewers, beer cream is bad, beer is good for health ...

In Mahou Flavor we will try unveil all the myths and legends about beer, one by one, offering an explanation for each one, so that the next time you have a similar discussion in a bar, you can settle it with knowledge of the cause.

Germans drink the most beer

  • False

Those who consume more liters of beer per person and year are the Czechs, according to 2012 data, since they drink almost 150 liters per person per year, which yields the chilling figure of 40cl per person per day. The top 5 is completed by Austrians, Germans, Estonians and Poles, who consume around 100 liters per person per year.

Spain is in a discreet twenty-third place, just behind the United Kingdom and almost in front of Brazil, with a consumption of 68.4 liters per person per year. Our best positions, always according to the same source, were a ninth in 2007 (93.2 liters), a twelfth in 2004 (83.8 liters) and a thirteenth in 2008 (84.5 liters)

World map of beer consumption per capita. Wikimedia image. Data for the year 2004.

China is the country that produces more beer

  • True

Although the Chinese per capita consumption do not appear even in the top 35, China is by far the country that produces the most beer in the world, with a total 44,348,600 kiloliters in 2012, which is roughly the same amount they consumed that year.

The next in the list are the United States, Brazil and Germany, which only by adding their production can match the amount produced by China. Spain occupies a fairly decent tenth place (3,303,100 kiloliters in 2012) which is also approximately our global consumption, from which it follows that we export as much beer as we import.

The beer, the colder the better

  • False

Although in Spain we are accustomed to drinking cold beer, that is due more to the type of beer we drink (blonde lagers like Mahou) that are served between 3 and 5 degrees Celsius. But nevertheless, there are other beers that are served at much higher temperatures, up to 13 ° C as we saw in the post of how to cool a beer quickly.

If we serve a cooler beer than recommended, we would stop appreciating all its texture and flavor, since the cold modifies the texture of the beer and causes the aromas to dissipate, while anesthetizing our taste buds.

The cream of beer is bad

  • False

There are many people who complain to the waiter when he serves the beer with those two centimeters of cream that we learned in the keys to serve a master cane. They think they are skimping beer or don't know how to serve it well.

But nevertheless, the cream plays a fundamental role so that the beer maintains all its flavor and properties in the glass, since it prevents the beer from coming into contact with the air and rusting and also that the carbonic one escapes, preserving its cooling effect. The one that is bad is the foam that is carbonic that evaporates from the beer and makes it lose strength.

You drink a lot more beer in summer

  • True

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, 50% more beer was consumed between July and September than between January and March, the weakest months. In spring, a lot of beer is also consumed, while in autumn (from October to December) the consumption is only slightly higher than in winter.

Beer is good for your health.

  • True

Drink in moderation beer is good for your health. We have already commented that it provides carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. The vitamins of group B12 and folic acid help prevent anemia and also have an antioxidant effect. In addition, being low in sodium and containing potassium, beer is diuretic. It also helps prevent cardiovascular disease.

It is good to drink beer after playing sports

  • True

Drinking beer after sports is a great way to rehydrate. This is confirmed by a study conducted by the Faculty of Medicine of Granada and the Higher Council for Scientific Research. In this study, they collected data from a group of young people who were offered water or beer after exercising in extreme conditions, concluding that drinking beer moderately allows good rehydration and a speedy recovery of metabolism.

This is because a large percentage of its composition is water, and the rest of its ingredients are also of natural origin (barley and hops) and not of chemical origin as in isotonic drinks. In addition, hops, responsible for the bitterness of beer, helps to quench thirst.

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