Why is Beer the Most Popular Drink in the World?
Beer is the only alcoholic beverage that is just as popular as soft drinks, such as water, coffee and tea. The UK is a nation of beer drinkers. We love craft beer, local ales and, of course, a fresh pint of lager. Beer can be enjoyed on any occasion and is consumed across the globe. It’s an easy beverage to drink – no muss, no fuss.
Wine and vodka are also popular in the UK. However, beer remains the number one alcoholic beverage and here’s why.
It’s one of the oldest beverages
Beer goes all the way back to 9500BC, and it’s recorded in the history of ancient Iraq and Egypt. An ancient Egyptian document lists a whopping seventeen types of beer, including ‘joy-bringer’ and ‘heavenly.’ Those names sound much better than the ones of modern lager. Women did most of the beer brewing back in ancient Egypt. While in ancient Mesopotamia, beer was linked to religious rituals and was believed to have magical powers.
We consume gallons of the stuff
Billions of gallons of beer are consumed worldwide every year. In the UK, the average adult consumes 9.7 litres of pure alcohol every year. It’s custom in the UK to go down to the local pub for a pint throughout the week. However, our drinking behaviours are changing and there has been a bigger push for alcohol free beer in recent years.
Celebrate with beer at Oktoberfest
Beer has become increasingly popular over the years, with more and more people visiting Oktoberfest every year. The original Oktoberfest is in Munich, but there are celebrations across the UK as well.
Oktoberfest is the beer event of the year, and it all started in Germany. Oktoberfest started as a wedding celebration two hundred years ago. Now, it’s an annual folk festival celebrated with Bavarian music, traditional clothing and, of course, plenty of beer. At Oktoberfest, beer is often served the German way – in a traditional beer stein. A stein holds two pints of beer and looks very impressive.
There are so many different types of beer available. You can have a fruity beer, low-calorie beer and non-alcoholic beer. There is something for everyone, and you are bound to find one that you like. Craft beer is a huge trend right now, and independent breweries finally have their chance to shine.
Sit back, relax and enjoy a pint after work tonight.