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Top 6 Beer Myths Revealed

Some of us beer buyers at Binny’s hear the same questions day in and day out. And sometimes when we tell people that ideas they have believed in their entire lives are in fact nothing but old wives tales, well lets just say that their reactions can vary.  But generally they look at us like we are crazy.  Anyways, we stumbled across this beer article this morning, and thought it did justice to debunk some of the mythical beer beliefs that we hear about every day.


Top 6 beer myths revealed…

Source: Times Of India

Dec 27th

We all know that guy at the bar who’s full of myths about alcohol. And where there are myths, there are rumours that spread like wild fire.

But today we’re revealing the top 6 beer myths that you need not believe in anymore. Here’s a low-down of the most outrageous beer myths and what you need to know before setting that guy at the bar straight.

Beer Myth 1: You can beat the beer belly by consuming light beer.

Fact: The truth is that light beer has only 90 to 100 calories and regular beer generally has about 150-175 calories a pint. Even so, this doesn’t mean that you can chug that beer every other day, or that it is just the beer to blame. Aside from the beer, the beer belly comes from club/party snacks (read: Fried foods such as chips and wafers) that you tend to mindlessly eat after or while you drinking. Everything adds up – light beer or no light beer.

Beer Myth 2: The darker the beer, the more alcohol it contains.

Fact: This is a complete myth as one of the darkest beers such as Guinness is black and has only 4.2% alcohol. The colour of the beer is because of the toasted malts and not because of the alcohol content.

Beer Myth 3: Beer is of no use if it is warmed and then refrigerated.

Fact: This is only true if you do it over and over again, an endless number of times. Else, re-chilling the beer has no drastic effects. Beer can only be ruined if it is kept open for long in air or light. All you need to do is get your hands on a fresh beer, store it in a cool and dark place and it will do just fine.

Beer Myth 4: Beer shouldn’t be bitter or sour in taste.

Fact: Your beer is bitter because of the hops present in it, which helps in balancing the sweet malts and works as a preservative. Hops depend upon the types of beers. It is because of hops that beer has that strong, earthy and bitter flavour to it and that’s what makes the beer delicious for beer lovers all round the world. If you’re looking for something sugar-laden, pick a cola.

Beer Myth 5: Green bottled beers are the best beers.

Fact: The colour of the beer bottle doesn’t just depend on the kind of beer. Darker colour beer bottles help in protection from light much better than clear bottles. That’s why you might have noticed that all beer bottles are darker in colour. Green, black or brown, the bottle colour doesn’t decide the quality of beer.

Beer Myth 6: Women don’t like beer.

Fact: Right from the medieval to recent liberated times – we women have always loved our beer. To believe that beer isn’t a woman’s drink is to believe that men don’t like cosmos. And we know they do.


Please feel free to share some of the beer myths you have heard with us, we would love to help you unmask them.


2 thoughts on “Top 6 Beer Myths Revealed

  1. Was Guiness created by accident? The rumor I heard was that it happened due to over baked hops and that the term “porter” was born due to the fact that it was during the great potato blight in Ireland and the brewery couldn’t simply dispose of it. Thus they sold it at a discount to dock workers, i.e. porters. True?

  2. Kind of. Historically (late 1700’s, early 1800’s) porter was the most common style of beer. They were generally darker brown or mahogany in color and had more burnt and roast character than the standard brown ales. This added strength of alcohol and flavor earned the name porter. Named after the strongmen-for-hire who would carry goods from the docks to the markets. Porters were also commonly blends of several casks, and were undoubtedly slightly sour and acidic due to the wild yeasts and bacteria living in the oak casks. Guinness was a popular porter in Ireland (it was actually known as Guinness Plain Porter until the 1970’s). The birth of Guinness as a stout followed the evolution of the porter itself. As porters were brewed stronger with more alcohol and residual sugars they were called “stout porters” and then just “stout.” As for overly baked hops, that is definitely a myth. Hops are usually(except with fresh or wet-hop beers) dried before being used in the brewing process, but never at temperatures or lengths that would cause them to burn or char.

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