We love beer. It’s often called the nectar of the gods and for good reason. It’s delicious, refreshing, and perfect for any occasion. But what do we know about beer? Here are five things you may not have known:


1. Beer is one of the world’s oldest beverages.

The first recorded instance of beer brewing dates back to around 6000 BC in ancient Sumeria. That’s over 8000 years of history!

Originally, beer was made from a mixture of barley and other grains, as well as water and hops. Today’s brewers use a variety of ingredients to create their unique beers, including malted barley, wheat, rye, and other grains. They also add various hops, fruits, and spices.


2. Beer is a source of nutrition.

Brewers often add various malted grains to their beer, which are high in protein and other essential nutrients. Beer can provide up to 20% of the recommended daily intake of several important vitamins and minerals, including thiamin, niacin, and B6.

So next time you’re out enjoying a cold one, drink up – you’re doing your body good!


3. Beer has a variety of flavors.

One of the things that makes beer so enjoyable is its diverse flavor profile. From light and crisp pilsners to rich and malty doppelbock, there’s a style of beer for everyone. And within each style, there are endless flavor variations. For example, IPA’s can range from fruity and citrusy to bitter and dank.

Like wine, some beers pair well with certain foods. For instance, a light and refreshing beer is the perfect partner for spicy food, while a malty beer can stand up to rich and hearty dishes.


4. There’s a perfect glass for every beer style.

Just like there’s a perfect wine glass for every wine style, there’s also a perfect glass for every beer style. The shape and size of your glass play a role in how the beer tastes. From tall pilsner glasses to open-mouthed shaker pints, your beer glass choice can give you more or less aroma, carbonation, and foam.

Some beers are better enjoyed in a frosty mug, while others taste best right out of the bottle. Wondering which glass your beer needs? Ask our bartenders for their suggestions!


5. There are many different types of beer.

There are thousands of different types of beer available today. Pale ale, stout, porter, lager, wheat beer… the list goes on. And within each type, there are endless variations. With so many choices, there’s sure to be a beer there for everyone.

Craft beer is becoming increasingly popular, with new breweries and styles popping up all the time. If you’re looking to try something new, give craft beer a go. You won’t be disappointed. With unique flavor combinations and interesting brewing techniques, craft beers are a must-try for any beer lover.


Visit McCray’s Tavern Smyrna

Beer is often called the “social lubricant” for good reason. It’s the perfect drink for any occasion – from a backyard barbecue to a formal dinner party. And let’s face it, nothing goes better with good food than good beer. Whether you’re enjoying a plate of wings or a gourmet steak, a cold beer is always the perfect accompaniment.

Stop by McCray’s Tavern in Smyrna and explore a wide selection of both local craft brews and international beers. Our knowledgeable staff would be happy to help you find the perfect beer for your meal. Cheers!