7 of the most common myths about beer, debunked

Fri 07 2017  |  admin

Beer has been around for thousands of years. And though it’s one of the most popular beverages in the world, it’s also commonly misunderstood.

Even regular drinkers frequently cite myths about how beer can get skunked or how many calories dark beers contain.

We talked to Sheri Jewhurst and Xavier Jirau, respectively the “dictator” and scientific adviser for Brooklyn homebrew club The Brewminaries, to get to the truth about beer.

How many of these facts did you already know?

1. When beer gets skunked

MYTH
When cold beer gets warm it gets skunked.

FACT
Temperature changes might make beer get stale faster, but won’t skunk your brew. Skunking is caused by a chemical reaction that occurs when beer is exposed to light.

2. The relationship between the colour and the strength

MYTH
Dark beers are strong beers.

FACT
Colour has nothing to do with alcohol or caloric content – dark beer’s grains are just roasted longer.

3. Ideal serving temperature

MYTH
Beer is meant to be served ice cold.

FACT
Serving temperature varies by style but you can’t taste beer if it’s too cold. Pilsners and IPAs are usually served around 40 – 44F, while heavier styles are usually served around 55F.

4. The difference between lagers and pilsners

MYTH
Lagers and pilsners are the same thing.

FACT
Pilsners are just one of many lager types. Pilsners are golden and refreshing, but lagers can also be dark, malty and strong.

5. Bottled vs. canned

MYTH
Canned beers are cheap.

FACT
Cans are perhaps the best way to package beers, since they protect from light and oxyen better than bottles.

6. Ageing time

MYTH
You should age craft beers.

FACT
Ageing some high alcohol beers can help them, but hoppy beers, like IPAs, should be consumed as fresh as possible.

7. A beer’s a beer

MYTH
All beer is basically the same.

FACT
There’s an amazing flavour diversity in beer. Styles range from bitter to sweet to sour, and beer can have almost no alcohol or be stronger than wine.

Via Evening Standard