It is no secret Australia loves its beer, and not only for the sheer pleasure of 'downing a coldie on a scorching summer's day'.
With 85 per cent of all beer sold in Australia being made in Australia, the nation's vibrant beer sector is a major driver of economic activity and domestic jobs, according to the Brewers Association of Australia.
Being a naturally-brewed product made of simple, locally-grown ingredients (predominantly barley, hops, yeast and water), the production of beer in Australia supports a range of industries.
This includes everything from farming to brewing, packaging, distribution, freight, retail, tourism and hospitality, generating thousands of jobs in local communities. The tax component Australians pay when purchasing a beer is a significant contributor to government revenue that helps to pay for various services and infrastructure that keep the nation ticking along.
Beer lovers will tell you any day is a great day to enjoy beer, but International Beer Day in particular is one day to mark in the calendar to partake in the amber ale.
Created by Jesse Avshalomov and some mates in August 2007, the first International Beer Day was celebrated on a beach in Santa Cruz, California, the following year.
His reasons for founding the special day were to:
- Gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer,
- Celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer, and
- Unite the world by celebrating the beers of all nations together.
Fun facts about beer
- Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids while consuming a healthy amount of beer - reportedly some 4L a day,
- Ancient Babylonians took the seriousness of brewing to a whole new level. If a bad batch was made, the brewer was drowned in it.
- Vikings believed a giant goat resided in Valhalla whose udders were filled with an unlimited supply of beer.
- The Czech Republic is the beer-drinking capital of the world. Each Czech drinks an average of 40 gallons per year.
- Beer contains a high level of silicon which increases the calcium deposits and minerals for healthy bone tissue.
- Beer contains several B vitamins (B1, B2, B6 and B12). A Dutch study found beer drinkers had 30 percent higher levels of vitamin B6 than their non-drinking study participants, and levels twice as high as wine drinkers. Beer is also a generous source of vitamin B12.
- Numerous international research papers have found those who consume moderate amounts of alcohol live longer than those who do not drink at all. At an average 4.4 per cent alcohol content and light and mid-strength options to boot, Aussie beer is the drink of moderation.
- In 4300BC, Babylonians wrote out recipes for beer on clay tablets.
- In 2018, archaeologists in Israel found the world's oldest site for alcohol production, adding the beer-like beverage may have been served in ceremonies 13,000 years ago. It is the earliest testament in the world to alcohol production.
With all of this in mind, like everything, beer should be enjoyed responsibly, and in moderation.
If you choose to do your part for the Australian economy and partake in a tasty local beer remember to comply with the current COVID-19 restrictions including social distancing.
- The Brewers Association of Australia