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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Beer is the second most popular drink on Earth after tea. The third-most popular if you include water. In 2016, people consumed nearly 50 billion gallons of beer worldwide.
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Today's Random Fact:
Beer is as old as human history. Beer brewing and drinking predate written language.
The earliest evidence of beer making was found in western Iran, dating back to 3,500 BC.
In ancient Mesopotamia, beer was associated with religion and ritual and was believed to have magical powers.
In Medieval Europe, Catholic monks would often undergo "beer fasts" during the forty days of Lent. They ate no food, getting calories only from beer, which they called "liquid bread."
Brewers began adding hops to beer in the 9th century AD. Today, nearly all beer is brewed with hops, which adds a zesty, bitter flavor to beer and acts as a preservative.
People often think of American lagers or Belgian ales when they think of beer, but there are many types of beer, such as sorghum-based African opaque beer, Japanese sake (which is not wine, but a rice beer), Russian kvass made from bread, and corn-based South American chicha.
You can go swimming in a pool of beer at the Schloss Starkenberger brewery in Tarrentz, Austria. The sudsy bath is said to promote healthy skin.