With a rabid following of enthusiasts spanning the globe, beer has long been the most popular alcoholic drink on Earth. In fact, it's the world's third most consumed beverage overall — behind only tea and water.
Sure, beer tastes greats, and it can be an excellent way to help one relax after a hard day's work. However, this beloved beverage is more than just a simple consumer stable; beer has become part of the very fabric of our society. In truth, the world's alcoholic drink of choice has changed the world.
To illustrate just how important beer has been in helping shape civilization, we are going to take a look at some of the many ways this remarkable drink has had an impact on our lives. To be fair, it hasn't always been a positive impact. After all, as wonderful as it can be, even beer isn't perfect. That being said, there are also some excellent examples in which beer has helped build communities — quite literally.
It's now time to take a look at eight little-known, fascinating, and often bizarre facts surrounding this life-altering drink.