What’s international beer day?
It’s a day for beer lovers everywhere to raise a toast to our brewers and bartenders and rejoice in the greatness of beer!
Originally it started in Santa Cruz, California, International Beer Day began to celebrate the craft of brewing, and to show gratitude for those involved in the making of deer. This rapidly expanded to included bartenders and other beer technicians. Not only did it expand in scope, but in size as well, quickly gaining an international recognition and following within only a short years. In between 2007 when it was started in Santa Cruz, and currently where it is now celebrated in 207 cities, 50 countries and on 6 continents. Diverse and new experiences are the hallmark of International Beer Day, encouraged the sharing of techniques on how to make beer, along with how to enjoy it. Various foods and activities that go along with it, to celebrate this enjoyable day of brewing skill.
Each year, it is celebrated to draw attention on global health. It has different themes every year and all the themes focus on health and wellness. This year, it is named, universal health coverage: ‘health for all’.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beers
Simply if we want to describe the main difference between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beer, it is the amount of alcohol they contain. Alcoholic beers have some alcohol in them. Non-alcoholic beers contain a very little alcohol.
By UK law ‘alcohol-free’ or no-alcohol beer can contain a very small amount of alcohol (less than 0.05%)
The amount of alcohol in a drink is shown as a percentage of the whole drink. On all alcoholic drinks you’ll see the Alcohol by Volume (ABV). Beer that says 5% ABV on its label contains 5% pure alcohol.
History of non-alcoholic beer
Non-alcoholic beer had found in America during the Prohibition in 1919. At this time brewing companies, such as Anheuser-Busch, Miller, and Schlitz, began producing “near beer” to get around the law of that time. These drinks were malted beverages that had very low alcohol content (less than .5% alcohol by volume). In order to remove the alcohol, it was either boiled or filtered from the beer. Many people that the process of removing the alcohol left the beer tasteless. Over time, however, some people found a way to sneak alcohol back into the bottle of beer, an illegal process that resulted in “spiked beer”.
Nowadays near beer is still made and sold, and in many states it is legal for even minors to buy and drink it, though some states require a person to be at least 21 to drink “non-alcoholic beer”. This is because even non-alcoholic beer has some alcohol in it.
Different point of view for drinking beer
There are different opinions about drinking beer, some people believe drinking alcoholic beer is good and enjoyable but others disagree with it and suggest nonalcoholic beer is better for some reasons. Now, we are going to analyze both and find out what are the reasons for their preference.
Advantages of drinking alcoholic beer
1-Beer for stronger bones! A 2009 study showed that the raised levels of silicon in beer can help to higher bone density.
2-Beer as a remedy for insomnia Lactoflavin and nicotinic acid, which are both present in beer, can promote sleep!
3-Beer helps your memory According to research, beer drinkers are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than non-beer drinkers.
4-Beer makes skin more beautiful Good news for women! Certain vitamins in beer can rejuvenate the skin and have a positive effect on pigmentation. Your skin becomes smoother and suppler.
Benefits to drinking nonalcoholic beer
1. Good for the heart
Drinking is really useful to our health by helping to stop heart diseases and conditions. At first it was argued that the ethanol in beer was the reason for it but today scientists realized it may not be the case. They believe nonalcoholic beer decrease blood coagulation and platelet activation to strength the blood flow. This protects the heart and helps to soften the chemical effect linked to cardiovascular disease.
2. Stress relieving
Having a beer after exercising is a popular pleasure. What is not well known however, are the reasons for this. Beer is a mineral-rich, electrolytic beverage that bares a similar particle concentration to blood. This allows the particles to be taken in and absorbed much faster than other beverages, meaning the effects are felt much quicker but of course with side effects.
3. Cancer preventing
In 2005, Scientifics found out those who drink nonalcoholic beers are 85% less in danger of liver, lung and kidney cancer than those who drink alcoholic beers. As many people know, regular beer can, in fact, lead to cancer problems due to its alcoholic content. Yet another benefit of drinking nonalcoholic beer!
4. Low in calories
For those who want to lose weight, drinking non-alcoholic beer can be a great way to reduce the calorie intake. It has become common knowledge that beer is high in calories (between 180 and 250 kcal per pint). Most alcohol free beers usually contain between 50-80 calories per 330ml bottle.
5. Killing the hangover
A problem that many people find when they get drunk is the horrific after effects that arise the morning after. This is because of dehydration, the lack of core salts, vitamins and minerals in the body, and is usually dependent on how inebriated you are when you fall asleep. But could simply switching to nonalcoholic beer towards the end of an evening eradicate this problem entirely? It settles that urge we all have to drink more nonalcoholic beer to prevent hangover in the next morning.
However, drinking alcoholic beer has some benefits and advantages, it has some drawbacks which may cause some serious problems for person like when he is driving a car that may resulted to a car accident or the side effects of drinking too much which can lead to upset stomach, vomiting, sweating, headache and an increased heartbeat.
Anyway, we can’t argue that which one is absolutely better than the other, but maybe you can help to find out the answer. Which one do you prefer? Alcoholic or nonalcoholic beer? And why? Please leave us your comment and share your opinion with us.
Religions and alcoholic beer
Alcoholic drinks are highly symbolic in many religions. Islam and Buddhism reject alcohol for its psychotropic properties. However, it features in rituals in other religions. The Fali people use beer in all their ceremonies, while wine plays a sacred role in Judaism.
Judaism has a complex and often contradictory approach to the question of alcohol consumption, and its intricacies apply to every denomination of Judaism. While wine accompanies many ceremonies, including the Friday evening Sabbath dinner, weddings, circumcisions and Passover, it is also recognized for its potentially destructive nature.
In Christianity, The Bible never gives us detailed instructions regarding the consumption of alcohol. It does, however, provide principles that every Christian should consider. First, several passages in God's Word openly condemn drunkenness (see Romans 13:13, Galatians 5:19-21, I Timothy 3:1-7, and I Peter 4:3). Most notably, Ephesians 5:18 prohibits intoxication, contrasting it with being controlled by the Holy Spirit: "Do not get drunk on beer, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit." In other words, Scripture warns us that excessive drink can actually cause us to lose control of our minds and bodies. That is clearly sinful.
Islam’s holistic approach to health and well-being means that anything that is harmful, is forbidden. Therefore, Islam takes a rigorous stand towards alcohol and forbids its consumption in either small or large quantities. Alcohol is undoubtedly harmful and adversely affects the mind and the body. It clouds the mind, causes disease, wastes money, and destroys individuals, families, and communities. Researchers have proven that there is a strong link between alcohol and gambling. Drinking impairs judgement, lowers inhibition, and encourages the type of risk taking involved in gambling and dangerous activities. God tells us in the Quran that intoxicants and gambling are abominations from Satan and orders us to avoid them. (Quran 5: 90) Another verse that is cited is this one: They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, "In them is great sin and [yet, some] benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit."
All things considered, famous religions clearly disagree with drinking beer and they strictly discourage people of consuming alcoholic beverages as much as it’s possible.