From the steins of Germany to Japan’s world-class Sapporo, humanity loves its beer. We’ve been making it for millennia — so long ago that we’re not exactly sure which culture came up with it first (or if there was a “first”). The Chinese were brewing the stuff 9,000 years ago out of rice, honey, and fruit, while the barley variety cropped up in the Middle East at least 5,000 years ago. Then we got to the Middle Ages, and that whole “hops” thing really took off.

If you’re a connoisseur yourself, you know your favorite brands and whether you prefer light or dark, but do you know the details of beer’s fascinating history? A beverage this significant can’t have it’s frothy history forgotten. Let’s start with this infographic featured on the Huffington Post:

Now you’ve had your history lesson, plus a few extra tidbits about beer’s beneficial properties. There’re a lot more good things about beer that that infographic left unsaid, so here’s another one from TheFutureOfHealthNow.com so you can tell your nagging partner/family member/friend that you’re totally just taking your medicine, man!

Maybe you’re only a casual beer drinker, and while these history and health facts are interesting, you want to know more about the innumerable varieties of beer. Don’t worry, the varieties are actually quite numerable! Betty Crocker even made this handy guide so you can explore beers for your own taste without knowing much about their differences. And you thought that company was just good for cakes…

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Alright, you’ve got your beer(s) of choice, now what do you put them in? Certain glass designs are actually better for specific things like maintaining beer’s temperature or keeping all that delicious foam contained. Or you might just want to try some different glasses for fun, I won’t judge. Your comprehensive guide to beer glasses has arrived, thanks to Central Restaurant Products:

Last, but certainly not least, is the all-important question of what food goes best with your beer. You don’t have to be a foodie to know or care about this stuff, it’s practically essential knowledge for any beer-drinker. With this food pairing infographic from TheSavory.com, you’ll always have the best chow to compliment your brew. Bottoms up!

How to Pair Beer with Food

Featured photo credit: Four Beers/Phil Dragash via flic.kr

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