I am by no means any expert on beer. There are thousands of hard core enthusiasts out there who could while away a weekend in the pub extolling the merits, histories, varieties and trivialities on the subject. I can certainly attest to having a couple thousand litres of consumption under (and over) my belt. I know what I like and firmly what is not to my taste when discussing the subject. Given it’s lengthy history in the evolution of humanity, you could write an encyclopedia on the subject. This will be an abbreviated version.
In doing some research I discovered several interesting tidbits of fact and other items of a more, shall we say dubious nature.
A little world history…
- Historians believe the invention of beer far pre-dates any hard evidence. It would however be logical to assume through studies of the farming of grains such barley, wheat, maize and rice that the discovery of fermentation may date back as far as 12000 years.
- BEER holds the record for the oldest known recipe in the world. The Egyptians documented the brewing process on papyrus scrolls that can be dated as far back as 10000 BC
- Ironically considering the current state of things, the earliest known chemical evidence of beer can be traced to a site in the Godin Tepe in the Zagros Mountains of Western Iran.
- Popularity of the drink in early Northern Europe can likely be attributed to abundant crops of barley, nutritional value and a safer alternative to drinking water
A few interesting stats
The next time you’re playing Trivial Pursuit (invented in Canada ya know) According to the Conference Board of Canada with most current traceable data being 2016:
Canadians bought nearly 23 million hectolitres of beer or the equivalent of 214 bottles per person of legal drinking age. That translates to $13.8 billion in spending on a “frosty one”
This however does not illuminate the changing consumer patterns between domestic and craft beer production nor changing demographics
As per Beer Canada, the below pertains directly to British Columbia
In 2019 the number of breweries in the province was approximately 200 which was an increase of 11.1% from the previous year
86% of the beer consumed in BC was domestic and 14% import. Of those numbers, canned beer accounts for the largest sales at 67%, keg at 18% and bottles beer at 14%
True or False. Fake news, snake oil or just wishful thinking?
Home remedies, gardening tips, cooking with (different post) are some of the many of things I came across while perusing the internet about beer. The number of fixits beer can supposedly do are mind boggling. No really. Read these and judge for yourself. Neither Coast Culinary Collective nor this writer can take responsibility if you try these things out but don’t get quite the result you hoped for. We are merely sharing information. “Fake News?”
As sourced from Wise Bread and Bob Vila (hmmm…)
Who knew? Those pesky, slimy sliders that nibble on your garden plants can’t resist a nice brew. To cut down on their numbers, bury jam jars so their rims are level with the soil, then fill them with a few inches of beer. Slugs, drawn by the barroom aroma, will crawl in and meet a happy death in the drink.
Next time someone leaves you with a half-finished bottle of beer after a backyard barbecue, save it to use as an all-natural wood polish. Applying flat beer to wooden furniture with a soft cloth reportedly gives the wood grain a fine sheen (but do test this treatment first on a hidden part of your furniture before you slop the drink all over it)
Polishing Copper Pots
If you’re lucky enough to own copper pots and pans, use a bit of beer on a polishing cloth to buff away tarnish spots. This home-brewed remedy also works on other brass items, such as lamps, doorknobs, and grillwork.
HOMEMADE LAWN FERTILIZER
– 1 can or bottle of beer
– 1 cup of of household ammonia
– 1 cup of baby shampoo (nonantibacterial variety)
Polishing metal faucets
Carbonation—the fizz factor in beer—works wonders on dull faucets and handles in the bathroom. To try it out, fill a plastic bag with flat beer and tie it around taps or spouts that have lost their shine. Remove after a few hours of soaking, and enjoy newly sparkling fixtures.
If rust has locked a screw in place, try dousing it with a fresh, fizzy beer. The carbonation is said to break down rust just enough to allow the screw to be loosened. Turn the screw as needed, then celebrate by drinking the rest of the beverage.
Courtesy of Paul Michael of WiseBread
Take a beer bath
It’s said the Cleopatra used to bathe in milk. Pah, that’s for lightweights. P. Diddy went one better and filled bathtubs full of expensive champagne at a birthday party. I say, go with the middle ground. Drain a few kegs into the tub and let the invigorating bubbles cleanse the skin and exfoliate. The yeasts and other ingredients are great skin-softeners. Then take a long shower.
Ease a stomachache
What? Surely not. Well, the carbonation in the beer can help ease your nasty tum rumbles. Of course, this is not a good one for children, or people with an ulcer or serious other stomach illness.
Something nasty on your carpet? Maybe a red wine stain? Well, a light beer will help pull that stain out. Sometimes a little club soda first will also help. Then use a regular carpet steam cleaner after to lift out the liquid and the smell.
The easy hair highlighter (clearly this one works; see opening caption)
Give your lovely locks that sun-kissed glow. Soak you hair in beer and then lay in the sun. It will pull out terrific highlight and make you smell deliciously hoppy! (Alternately, wash the beer out if you’d rather smell like a normal person.) Beer is also a handy hair conditioner.
Polish your gold jewelry
Don’t bother buying expensive store-bought cleaners. Drop your rings and other trinkets into a dish of beer, then remove and polish to a beautiful sheen using a dry cloth.
Use it to heal
As some of you may know, beer is a diuretic. And therefore, it can be used to help pass a kidney stone. It cannot, however, be used like other diuretics — to treat liver cirrhosis (for obvious reasons).
Soak your feet
If you’ve had a hard day at work, a cold beer isn’t just good for your spirits. Those tired, aching feet can be revived by a beer foot-bath. Please, don’t be tempted to drink the contents afterwards…I’ll never do that again.
Wash your pillowcases in it
This may be an old wives tale, but apparently the nutty smell of hops helps you fall asleep. If you’re an insomniac, try washing a pillowcase in beer and you may just get to the land of nod sooner than you think.