I was reading an article and found out it’s a documentary about beer saving the world. The story and meaning behind it dates back to the old times when water was so contaminated that beer was safer to drink. They used beer drinking for women to delivery babies easier because the chemical properties creating strong beer. Another historical note was that the Egyptians texts contained over 100 plus prescriptions calling for beer, they knew that a beer a day could keep the doctor away! Smart thinking. It also fueled the pyramids, one gallon of beer was equaled to a daily wage for a pyramid construction worker, to put this into perspective it would take 231, 414, 717 gallons of beer to build a pyramid. Another neat fact about beer was that babies were baptized in beer in Egypt. The Medieval people were heavy drinkers too the average person drank between 60 to 66 gallons of it each year wow that’s a lot!
America became known for its beer consumption during the 1700’s presidents such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams and Ben Franklin were all brewers and beer lovers. Today the annual beer consumption is up to 22 gallons per person, brewery wise there are about 1,500 smaller, privately owned breweries. The beer progression has only continued to grow and bring people together for a greater cause, spreading unity and togetherness. I believe that beer is a great vehicle and vessel to be creative and show other’s your passion for making something delicious but still developing the science behind it and knowing what works and doesn’t. Listening to other beer guru’s about the process is rewarding and really is what pushes my drive for discovering the latest techniques and approaches to what’s new and different. I can’t wait to continue the journey!