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Things you didn't know about beer

Typically, women order wine and men order beer, but beer was much more of a woman’s beverage back in the day -- and children had their fill of it too.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2013 14:18 IST

Typically, women order wine and men order beer, but beer was much more of a woman’s beverage back in the day -- and children had their fill of it too.

While today you’d be hard-pressed to find a female-run brewery, the first professional brewers were all women known as brewsters.

In ancient Peru, brewing beer was a task reserved solely for women of the noble class. And that’s not all, in 19th century Munich new mothers downed up to seven pints of beer a day believing it was required for breastfeeding, the Huffington Post reported.

There’s a long history linking woman to beer, and to humans in general.

Former US president Benjamin Franklin once said, "Beer is proof God loves us."

Zythology is the study of beer and beer making, including the role particular ingredients play in the brewing process.

The oldest written recipes ever discovered by humans are for making beer - written on stone tablets over 5,000 years ago in the form of songs.

Oldest beer ad on a clay tablet — 4000BC adorned with a large-breasted woman holding two goblets and is inscribed with the caption “Drink Ebla Beer - the beer with the heart of a lion!

The first professional brewers were all women.

Hops used in beer are in the same family of flowering plants as marijuana.

2000 BC — the first recorded drunk driving incident. In ancient Egypt, an inebriated charioteer is apprehended after running down a vestal virgin of the goddess Hathor. The culprit is crucified on the door of the tavern that sold him the beer, and his corpse allowed to hang there until scavengers reduce it to bones.

When the British brewers tried to send their pale ales over to India, the beer would go bad during the ocean vovage. Beer makers began to add extra alcohol and hops to help with the preservation. This advertently created a new style of extra bitter, extra powerful beers called India Pale Ales (IPAs).

There are 400 types of beer. Belgium has the most individual beer brands in the world.

Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.

The agriculture revolution was started because people needed a way to make more beer. This led to inventions such as the plow, wheel, and irrigation systems.

Beer contains almost all of the minerals we need to survive. It was a staple of many diets during the European Middle Ages, when good nutrition was rare. You drank beer to survive. Drinking wasn’t just for adults. Children also consumed beer as a source of energy and nutrients.

Beer is said to make you smarter. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who drank moderately had better cognitive function compared to non-drinkers.

Researchers pointed out that alcohol raises HDL cholesterol(good cholesterol), which is associated with a lower risk of heart diasease and better cognitive functioning.

Beer is also claimed to prevent kidney stones. A study published in American Journal of Epidemiology found that “beer consumption was inversely associated with risk of kidney stones (in middle aged men). Each bottle of beer consumed per day was estimated to reduce risk by 40%.

It is also believed that beer strengthens your bones. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, beer “protects bone-mineral density because of its high levels of silicon. This allows the deposit of calcium and other minerals into bone tissue.

First Published: Apr 11, 2013 14:15 IST