As entrenched as beer is in our world, it’s amazing how many misconceptions surround beer.
Beer is still misunderstood, despite its growth in recent years. Even though beer is such a part of Australian culture, we happily muse on the lexicon of wine, but fail to appreciate the amazing complexities and diverse styles offered by beer. And the unjust prejudices and stereotypes surrounding this nectar still prevail.
Ask anyone and they will have an opinion. They can tell you how fattening it is, how bloating it can be and how good it is super cold and straight from bottle… “It’s in its own glass, right, why would you want to pour it into another glass?”
Beer is often seen, wrongly, as the domain of overweight, aggressive, bearded, belching, football-loving men. Not an image likely to seduce foodies, sophisticates or women into wider experimentation and adoption – but they’re missing out on so much pleasure. It’s time to tear down these misconceptions, with some truths about beer.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Lion. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100 per cent authentic and written in their own words.
1. The myth of the beer belly
That’s right, a bottle of beer has approximately 2/3rds the kilojoules found in a glass of wine. There is no fat in beer and a full strength bottle of beer only contains 10g of carbs, which is less than 2 per cent of an average adult’s daily energy intake. Moderation, moderation, moderation!
2. Beer need not bloat
That feeling of fullness after drinking anything carbonated can become rather uncomfortable but this can easily be eliminated when consuming beer by simply pouring your beer into a glass (I prefer wine and champagne glasses… so much more elegant!). With nowhere for those bubbles to go apart from your belly when drinking from a bottle or can, a glass will allow some of the carbon dioxide to escape.
3. Women were the original brewers
Brewing was seen as one of the household chores in the BC times, along with cooking and cleaning and therefore as the men were busy hunting and gathering, the women were brewing. It wasn’t until around the time of the industrial revolution that beer became a money-making industry and that’s where the men took over. Funny that.