For years, companies have provided employees with free coffee, but more and more start ups have also started offering beer to employees as well. While the beer is partially to maintain a casual, happy environment in the office, it also can help foster creativity and improve coworker social connections. So how do beer and coffee affect your brain and which should you drink in a given situation? This infographic by Ryoko Iwata can help explain.
Essentially, while beer can help loosen up your inhibitions and make you more creative, it can also shorten your memory and decrease your focus. On the other hand, coffee provides you with energy and improve your focus. The difference between beer and coffee is the difference between creativity and productivity.
So, when you are trying to come up with a good idea, grab a beer and coffee it up once you have your idea and are ready to get to work.