The Best Things About Drinking Beer and Microbreweries
Real men drink beer! Virtually all men will say that and believe that. Jimmy from Men’s Health went further and even said that beer is more than just beer. It also serves as a marker for where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed.
As stag parties go, stags know that a stag party is never complete without a whole lot of pints of beer. As a matter of fact, it is quite common to have stag parties that involve partying until the wee hours of the morning while drinking and dancing.
Beer Is Not That Bad
Though anything taken in excess can be a bad thing, drinking a few pints beer is not necessarily bad. In fact, it does wonders to one’s brain. A recent study made at the University of Illinois in Chicago shows that drinking alcohol can actually increase a person’s creativity and problem solving skills.
The researchers devised a bar game wherein 40 men were given three words and they were asked to think of a fourth word that will fit the pattern. 20 of those men were given 2 pints of beer and the other 20 got nothing.
The result shows that those who drank 2 pints of beer managed to solve 40% more of the problems compared to those who did not take anything. What’s more is that those who imbibed finished the problems in 12 seconds. Those who did not drink anything took a bit longer with 15.5 seconds.
It is interesting to note that people used to believe that alcohol muddles the mind and can block analytical thinking. Based on the results, that is not true. Though alcohol makes it worse for people to work with memory tasks, they become better at creative problem solving.
What Is a Brewpub or Microbrewery?
What is a microbrewery? As opposed to distilleries that mass produce beer, microbreweries only produce limited amounts of beer. A brewpub is a form of a microbrewery that is quite popular in Germany, Britain, and other European countries.
Brewpubs are usually restaurants and pubs that brew beer on the premises. A number of these brewpubs have been around for hundreds of years. In the UK, men became involved in brewing and even organized themselves into guilds just like the Brewers Guild in London which has been around since 1342.
In Ireland, during the early 19th century, there were already more than two hundred breweries in the country. Fifty five of those were found in Dublin. Sadly, that number dwindled down to twelve breweries. Still, microbreweries and brewpubs still exist like Biddy Earl, the Franciscan Well Brewpub, Porterhouse, and more.
Mass Produced Beer vs. Microbreweries
Different types of beer from microbreweries and brewpubs have their own appeal which is why such establishments are more popular. So, what’s so good about beer from a microbrewery? Beer made at a microbrewery has several characteristics that make it much better.
First of all, beer is guaranteed fresh. As opposed to mass produced or bottled beer, the beer from brewpubs or microbreweries does not go through so many processes to prolong shelf life. Hence, it is fresh, higher quality, and even healthier.
Usually, these smaller breweries tend to experiment more as well since only small quantities are made daily. For this reason, beers they produce are more varied and stronger to boot! Many people can say that it also has less of a hangover compared to bottled beer. However, bear in mind that anything taken in excess can still leave you with a hangover.