The World’s Greatest Drinkers – Chapter One

The Guinness Book of World Records, the bible of all things excessive doesn’t list some excesses – like massive consumption of alcohol. Obviously they don’t want to encourage people to pursue a pastime that millions of people worldwide practice daily. But we can’t – and won’t – ignore masters of the mighty keg; beer drinkers who amaze with their astonishing ability to down vast quantities of suds and still stand – barely. And those who rarely touched beer but certainly prodigiously consumed other alcoholic beverages. We will be visiting a few famous names in our visits to various watering holes in our completely exhaustive series of legendary drinkers. But the undisputed number one spot goes to……Andre The Giant.

imagesBorn Andre Rene Rousimoff, for two decades, from the late 1960s through the mid 1980s, Andre the Giant was the highest paid professional wrestler in the business and a household name across the globe. Promoters fought tooth and nail to book Andre, as his presence on a card all but a guaranteed a sell-out. Fans cheered his every move, and mobbed him on the street like a rock star.

For proof of his drawing power, look no further than Wrestlemania III in 1987. The main event was Andre vs. Hulk Hogan. The show drew the first million-dollar gate in wrestling history, set a pay-per-view record that lasted a decade, and set the all-time indoor attendance record for any live event ever—78,000+ butts in seats at the Pontiac Silver Dome in Detroit—destroying the previous record set by some rock band called the Rolling Stones. His rematch with Hogan two months later, broadcast live on NBC, attracted 33 million viewers, making it the most watched wrestling match ever.

Known to his friends simply as “Giant” or “Boss,” Andre was born on May 19th, 1946, in Grenoble, France, the child of Russian immigrants. Shortly after his birth, he was diagnosed with a rare glandular disease, acromegaly, which caused his body to over-produce growth hormones. As a result, Andre grew to a height of somewhere between 6’11” and 7’5” and a weight of over 500 pounds (his actual height and weight have been speculated about for decades—the business is notorious for inflating wrestlers’ statistics—but Andre’s illness sometimes made him slouch or bow his shoulders, so he might well have been the advertised 7’5”). He first wrestled as Andre the Butcher, but it was Vincent J. McMahon Sr., owner of New York’s World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), who christened him “Andre the Giant.”

While it can be argued that a miniscule handful of professional wrestlers matched Andre’s in-ring achievements (Gorgeous George back in the ‘40s and ‘50s, perhaps; Dusty Rhodes in the ‘70s, and Hulk Hogan, without a doubt, in the ‘80s), no other wrestler ever matched his exploits as a drunkard. In fact, no other human has ever matched Andre as a drinker. He is the zenith. He is the Mount Everest of inebriation.

As far as great drunkards go, there is Andre the Giant, and then there is everyone else.

Here’s Rob Reiner with an amusing story about Andre the Giant

To be continued……..

 

Why Beer Really Is Good For You

Don’t just take my word for it. The news is in and it’s great. Beer really is good for you. Who says so? Doctors, reports and metro.

I’m not suggesting you drink a six pack a day, but a pint a day is going to make you healthier.

One of those proverbs you see up on chalkboards in pubs says, ‘If you don’t drink, you don’t live longer – it just seems longer.

Actually, that’s complete hogwash – beer does help you live longer.

And that’s just one of the health benefits of this marvelous, fizzy tonic. Here’s a few more reasons to pour yourself a beer.

1) Beer makes you live longer.

Virginia Tech researchers found that regular, moderate beer drinkers were 19% less likely to die during a given time period than people who never touch a drop.

2) Drinking beer makes you thin.

Drinking high-power brews such as Leffe could actually make you thin.

A new book, The Diet Myth by King’s College London Professor Tim Spector, claims that everything we know about losing weight is wrong – and that drinking Belgian beer is actually good for your gut bacteria, which can aid efficient digestion.

3) Beer helps to fight cancer.

An ingredient in beer can even help your body to fight cancer.

Xanthohumol – a flavonoid found in hops – is an antioxidant which inhibits cancer-causing enzymes.

4) Beer keeps your brain sharp.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who had one alcoholic drink a day were less likely to find their mental faculties declining as they grow older.

5) Beer doesn’t give you a beer belly.

A study at UCL found there wasn’t actually much scientific evidence behind the idea of beer giving drinkers the distinctive ‘beer belly’.

The researchers wrote, ‘There is a common notion that beer drinkers are, on average, more ‘obese’ than either non-drinkers or drinkers of wine or spirits.

The association between beer and obesity, if it exists, is probably weak.’

6) Beer stops you getting kidney stones.

People who drink a moderate amount of beer are 41% less likely to get kidney stones, according to a study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

7) Beer has less calories than skimmed milk or orange juice.

Never mind the fact that it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll drink 10 pints of skimmed milk, beer is low in calories. Guinness released statistics showing that its heavy, dark brew is lower in calories than either OJ or skimmed milk.

8) Hoppy beers can protect against Alzheimer’s.

A recent study found Xanthohumol, a compound in the hops used to flavour beer, is able to protect the brain from degenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

9) Beer is full of vitamins.

If you analysed beer you would  be amazed at how many super-nutrients there are in it,’ says Dr Stephan Domenig, medical director of the Mayr Health Centre Austria.

10) Beer makes your bones stronger

A glass or two a day could help make your bones stronger – it’s rich in dietary silicon, key to building bone mineral density, according to a study in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

It’s Just So Easy To Make Your Own Beer

It’s Just So Easy To Make Your Own Beer.

Most people who have never brewed beer before think that it’s more complicated than it really is. Brewing beer just requires some patience, a few essential items and a thirst.

If your your goal is simply to brew a batch of beer and consume it in one sitting with a group of friends, all you need is a brew container, a bubbler, and a siphon hose.

Any and all supplies are available at any home brewing store and are relatively inexpensive.

Simply put you mix your essential ingredients in the brew container, put the bubbler in the cork or stopper on top of the container and let it ferment for a couple of weeks. Then drink. Yes it’s that simple.

If you want to bottle the beer for long-term storage then you’ll need bottles and a bottle capper. You can also use a glass carboy to transfer the beer to for long term beer storage.

When you are mixing a beer you’ll need a large saucepan – one that can hold four gallons of liquid or so – a large spoon to stir it with, a thermometer, and a funnel. You’ll also need to carefully sanitize any equipment you may use – I use a bleach solution to make sure everything is as clean as possible.

Here’s just one of hundreds of beer recipes. This one is for making an English-style Porter. Porter gets its name for the lunchtime beer that porters working at markets in London used to drink in the 19th century. It is not too strong and allows it to be a “session beer”.

Here’s what you will need.

  1. 6 pounds plain amber malt extract
  2. 8 ounces crushed crystal malt (60 L)
  3. 4 ounces crushed chocolate malt
  4. 4 ounces crushed black patent malt
  5. 1 ounce cluster hops (bittering)
  6. 1/2 ounce Williamette hops (finishing)

Watch the attached video and you will see just how easy it is to make and enjoy your own beer.

Guess How Long Beer Has Been Around For

Guess how long beer has been around for? A thousand years? Two thousand years? Guess again. Beer brewing and drinking are activities that have been part of the human experience for 10,000 years. That’s right, our prehistoric ancestors were knocking back a frothy one 4,000 years before the pyramids were built.

We’re not sure how the process of beer making was discovered or who first discovered it, but it’s suspected that some bread or grain got wet and fermented. The resulting mess was consumed by someone who liked the effect and replicated it. What we do know is that the oldest written documentation pertaining to beer making can be traced back at least six thousand years, to the ancient civilization of Sumeria.

The beverage made ancient Sumerians feel “exhilarated, wonderful and blissful”- it’s no wonder that beer was considered to be a gift form the gods.

Back then the beer was unfiltered and cloudy. To try to avoid the horribly bitter solids, Sumerians would drink their beer through a straw. The ghastly bitterness did nothing to stem the popularity of beer. The Ancient Babylonians, the descendants of the Sumerian people, were brewing at least 20 different varieties of beer by 2000 B.C. All citizens were entitled to a daily beer ration, calculated by the person’s social standing. Beer was such a vital part of these ancient economies that it was even used to barter, and a portion of worker’s wages were paid in beer, efficiently eliminating the need for a middle man.

The Egyptians carried on the beer brewing tradition, altering the taste with the addition of dates. The Greeks and Romans also made beer, but as wine grew in popularity the Romans began to consider beer the drink of Barbarians. As wine was considered ambrosia gifted to man directly from the god Bacchus, beer never really stood a chance in the area. Soon, beer was only commonly seen on the very edges of the Roman Empire – places where it was next to impossible to either cultivate or import wine.

Much later, the Catholic Church also got involved in beer making, and the abbeys were instrumental in refining the methods used for brewing. In time, many religious communities owed their very existence to beer, as the profits from its sale kept many a monastery in the black.  Charlemagne himself was thought to have even trained a few people in the brewing of beer and considered it to be an important staple item.  Much like their forebears, Christians at this point also felt that beer was a gift from God.

Beer was not only prized for its ability to intoxicate, but just as importantly during the Middle Ages as a much safer proposition than drinking water. The water supply of the time was rife with disease-causing bacteria thanks to extremely poor sanitation. Besides the alcohol content, beer also went through a “cooking” process, which greatly aided in eliminating any nasty stuff in the brew.

As a result, beer was consumed by people of all ages and classes, and along with bread, was a staple of most people’s daily diets for centuries.

What’s in your beer? If you lived in Germany in the 16th century or later it had to consist of only a few base ingredients: water, hops, malted barley and malted wheat, along with yeast.

The 1800s bought significant advancement in the art of beer brewing, including Louis Pasteur’s discovery of yeast’s role in the fermentation process, and the invention of pasteurization. The advent of automatic bottling, commercial refrigeration and the rise of the railroads made mass production and distribution possible across huge, sparsely populated areas like the United States. By 1880, there were an estimated 3200 breweries in operation across the U.S.

Then came very dark days for American beer drinkers, and all who enjoyed alcohol in any form. As a response to rampant alcohol abuse that was blamed for most of the problems in the U.S. (sometimes fairly, often not), the 18th Amendment ushered in the era of Prohibition, turning average citizens who decided to brew at home into common criminals.

During World War II, food shortages led to the brewing of a lighter beer, which was supposedly more appealing to the Rosie the Riveters than the heartier beers favored by the men off fighting the war. When the war ended, both kinds of beer remained popular, and the surviving breweries were quick to exploit this new market.

Today’s beer drinker is most undoubtedly spoiled for choice, with almost limitless options when it comes to what kind of beer they prefer. There is also a website that allows you to see US regulations governing beer. See http://www.ttb.gov/beer/beer-regs.shtml

Beer connoisseurs also have the ability to create and brew high quality beer of their own at home easy enough, creating truly custom brews perfectly aligned with the brewer’s preference and taste. The resurgence in home brewing had led to a Renaissance of sorts in beer making, improving the quality of the finished product while also remaining true to the original methods of beer brewing. This also brings those beer drinkers full circle- going back to the earliest of days of beer making, when most made it themselves at home.

Dass die Deutschen am meisten trinken

 

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Vorne etwa Beck’s oder Krombacher, für die jede Menge Werbung betrieben wird.

Jahr für Jahr wird der Erlass des bayerischen Gebot der Reinheit Jahr 1516 gefeiert. Derzeit gibt es in Deutschland über 5000 verschiedene Biersorten. Die Durchschnittliche pro-Kopf-Konsum von Bier lag im vergangenen Jahr in Deutschland etwas mehr als 100 Litern.

-Welches Bier die Deutschen trinken am meisten?

Aber welches Bier die Deutschen trinken am meisten? Das Industrie-Magazin”INSIDE Getränke” hat deswegen die meistverkauften Biermarken (nach Absatz inkl. Mischgetränken, Fassbrause und alkoholfreiem) Deutschlands für das Jahr 2013 ermittelt.

Bier-Rangliste: das meist getrunkene Marke

Auf Platz 1 ist dabei nicht etwa eine der bekannten Marke wie Beck’ s oder Bitburger. Die meistgetrunkene Marke verzichtet auf große Werbe-Offensive, und um so überraschender ist die Spitzenplatzierung. Aber sehen Sie selbst und wählen Sie sich hier die Note

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