It’s a routinely accepted theory that beer had its roots not as a leisure-time beverage, but rather as a nutritious alternative to the other liquids. Early on, water quality was far below par in many areas of the world. To avoid illnesses and diseases associated with tainted water, even small children were encouraged to drink beer instead of water. (It also was easier to store for longer periods than was milk.)

It’s easy to forget that beer can be as nutritious as bread. Centuries ago mothers were encouraged to drink rich stouts to bolster the diets of their nursing babies, a practice still prescribed by thousands of physicians.

Some coaches recommend that non-alcoholic brews be a regular part of their players’ diets as carb-loaded fuel, Triathletes find beer to be quenching, refreshing and a performance booster during competitions. Beer is definitely a livelier match for the standard menu items, and adds new dimension to every meal. Your favorite Beer Club encourages you to try it for breakfast! (Consider it a fun side of toast served in a glass!)

BEER-SPEAK, 101 (See the answers below)

  1. How many gallons are in a barrel of beer?
  2. What takes longer to make, ale or lager?
  3. Beer is the second most-consumed beverage worldwide. What is first?
  4. What U.S. President vowed to end Prohibition?
  5. Which beer style is NOT top fermented: Porter, Stout, Lager, Pale Ale?


  1. 31
  2. Lager
  3. Water
  4. F.D.R., in 1932
  5. Lager

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