What adult in this country needs an excuse to drink beer? Well today, there’s a great reason to pop the top on a cold one.
Sept. 28 just happens to be National Drink Beer Day.
It’s a time to enjoy the most popular beverage on the planet. The origin of beer dates back about 12,000 years with the world’s first fermented beverages.
“As hunter-gatherer tribes settled into agrarian civilizations based around staple crops like wheat, rice, barley and maize, they may have also stumbled upon the fermentation process and started brewing beer,” The History Channel notes. “In fact, some anthropologists have argued that these early peoples’ insatiable thirst for hooch may have contributed to the Neolithic Revolution by inspiring new agricultural technologies.”
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The Chinese as far back as 9,000 years were making an alcoholic beverage from rice, honey and fruit. The Middle East gets the title for the first barley beer.
That goes back 5,000 years to the Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia, The History Channel notes.
To fast-forward to today, Budweiser, a longtime St. Louis beer maker, has launched the “Beer with Your Buds” national survey. It’s a unique examination of 2,000 people age 21 and older conducted by Learndipity Data Insights.
People were asked to pick the top drink they would enjoy at a bar or other social setting with friends. Believe it or not, 50 percent of Missourians — where Budweiser products are more popular than drinking water from the Mississippi River — picked beer as the drink they preferred in social settings.
That ranked Missouri No. 2 in the country as the most beer-loving state. Massachusetts came in No. 1.
Beer also happened to be America’s No. 1 alcoholic social drink in the national survey. Of the survey respondents, 36 percent picked beer; 17 percent, margaritas; 13 percent, wine; 5 percent, cosmopolitans; and 4 percent, gin and tonic.
Domestic beers beat imported beers 67 percent to 33 percent. Although who can tell these days with so many multinational giant beer company mergers? What’s a domestic beer and what isn’t?
It seems only natural on National Drink Beer Day to surrender the West Coast to wine country. But the South and Midwest might want to contest the survey findings that Eastern states comprised the region of the country, where beer is loved the most.
Forty percent of folks in the East ranked beer as tops for social gatherings compared with 36 percent in the West, 34 percent in the South and 33 percent in the Midwest. Domestic beers were viewed as more “genuine and approachable” than others — 70 percent of women agree with that assessment compared with 59 percent of men.
On imported beers, 36 percent of women and 29 percent of men gave then the genuine and approachable label. A margarita was the highest-ranking cocktail with 38 percent of women and 28 percent of men giving them the thumbs up.
The top 25 places in the beer rankings were Massachusetts, 51 percent; Missouri, 50 percent; Wisconsin, 49 percent; Oklahoma, 48 percent; Arizona, 47 percent; New Jersey, 46 percent; Virginia, 46 percent; Maryland, 45 percent; New York, 44 percent; Colorado, 43 percent; Louisiana, 42 percent; Florida, 41 percent; West Virginia, 40 percent; Alabama, 39 percent; Nevada, 39 percent; Oregon, 39 percent; Maine, 38 percent; California, 37 percent; Iowa, 37 percent; New Mexico, 37 percent; Wyoming, 37 percent; Washington, D.C., 36 percent; Idaho, 36 percent; Michigan, 36 percent; and Washington, 36 percent.
Drink up! There’s a cold one — domestic or imported — out there waiting.