Beer was probably found and not invented because beer is just that kind of thing, always helping out. If beer was person he’s be your cool uncle who sneaks you into bars then keeps a watchful eye out for you all night and makes sure you went home safe. The reason beer was discovered, and not invented, most likely had to do with wild yeast. Wild yeast is like the best goddamn Pokemon or something, gotta catch it all. The film Beer Saves the World supposed some ancient human had this wet container of bubbling barley. The rain filled up the container of barley and wild yeast had sexy time with all the sugars and primitive beer. Because man is curious he probably drank the stuff. He might have been pissed because he had hoped for dry and not bubbly barley. However being the kind of guy who soberly decides to drink strange and new things decided fuck it I spent some time picking that stuff I’m not wasting it. That was the proposed first experience with beer. Three of the four main ingredients were there; barley; water; and yeast. Hops as all that was missing. That’s what gives beer it’s bitterness and aroma.
Beer is awesome. It basically invented itself because it was tired of waiting. The stuff was staple of diets for many civilizations. Any old films got it wrong. Egyptians didn’t drink wine they drank beer. What do you think those monks brewed? Beer. Hey, you think beer is one of those predominantly male things that’s all about bro-skies and chauvinism? Fuck that. Some cultures only had women brew beer. They were the brewsters , yes brewster is the feminine term for a brewer. Certain cultures only had women brew. Plus the word sounds like a drunk rooster. Maybe the bastard won’t wake me up at five in morning.
Okay, so maybe beer is an equal opportunity thing and maybe people drank it for sustenance as it had the essential nutrients you needed (and was often of much lower alcohol content so it’s not terrible for the kiddies to have it) but what else is so good about it. What about healthy drinking water. Eat that and you doubts Kyle. Part of the brewing process is you know boiling, which tends to kil all manner of not so happy things. And this is before things like germ theory. Germ theory was before people knew that you shouldn’t handle “dirty” things before touching food. Remember in the medieval times everything was fucking dirty. Sewage treatment plants were the things goring in your pot before you hucked it out the window… into the street… where people were walking. Again why men were supposed to walk on the outside closer to curb and protect the women from the splashes of actual shit. That coat laying down thing. So a lady wouldn’t soil herself in feces. Those poor coats. And backs… ick.
Well, what about those wine snobs and spirits enthusiast you? Kyle, you just don’t give up do you? Beer is complex as has lots of meaningful varietals just like more traditionally elegant spirits like whiskey (or whisky depending on the country of origin), or wine for that matter. How many glasses is there for wine? Two? Paltry in comparison to beer. The pilsner glass, one of many different beer glasses, has multiple styles alone. You can pair beer with food just as well as wine or spirits. Oh, and if you judge beer off of the large breweries you are not a smart beer drinking. All of Europe mocks you. And a good chunk of the states. Beer matters.
Independent brewing, which is starting to come into its own in the States, is trying to change the perception of what beer and should be. Sam Adams one of the biggest of the Indy’s (and yes they are still considered and independent brewer they haven’t hit enough barrels per year yet) helps out independent breweries through programs so there is wider distributions of malts, hops, barley and other items crucial to the brewing process. These companies help each other out. Like the time in 2008 when, shudder, there was hops shortage and Sam sold theirs (20,000 lbs) at cost to other craft breweries.
They don’t just help each other out. They fight for clean water. That stuff they boil anyway to get all the nasty stuff out they still want it clean. That’s why brewers are fighting against fraking. And not fraking in the sci-fi expletive sense fraking as in that environmentally dangerous resource draining practice that lets some rather nasty stuff get into ground water. But it’s okay water should be practically flmable and totally undrinkable right. No? Okay fuck fraking. Oh, and certain companies are trying to fight this by saying there is trade secrets in the whole fraking process. So you can’t really review it. Fuck the whole poisoning the environment thing it’s damaging for you know the process. I only wish I was joking this was a real ruling by a real judge in real American (versus fake America). Yeah, fuck fraking.
“A judge in Wyoming has denied a lawsuit by environmental groups against the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission demanding that the list of chemicals in fracking fluids be made public, ruling such lists are trade secrets that may be withheld under Wyoming’s open records law.”
So beer actually has essential nutrients for you, was a centerpiece of history, it discovered itself, it creates brotherhood, it helps local economy, and it fights against environmental doom. Oh yeah, and the star spangled banner came from a drinking song. But drink responsibly, I don’t want any of you assholes giving beer a bad name by driving drunk or acting the fool. Don’t be that guy.