10 Common Beer Myths Debunked

We’ve all heard them one time or another. Some of these beer myths are as old as time, some have come about with the advent of craft beer. Regardless of their origin, they’re all bogus, and I’m here to tell you why.

1.) Beer is Best Served Ice-Cold

Frosty Beer MugYou know how some people like their beer in a frosty mug? They think it looks cool, and plus, beer is supposed to be served ice cold, right? Wrong. If your beer is overly-cold, it will inhibit your tongue’s taste receptors. Darker beers, like imperial stouts and barley wines are best served closer to room temperature, while lighter-colored beers are best served colder; just not ice cold.

2.) Bottled Beer is Better Than Canned Beer

Craft beer can lineup

As more and more craft breweries are canning their beers, this myth is losing steam. Regarding storage, beer in cans is better off than beer in bottles, as cans don’t let in any light. But when it comes to serving and drinking, neither of these options compare to a proper beer glass.

3.) Draft Beer Gives You a Hangover

This is one I haven’t seen or heard much outside of Buffalo (where I live). But I have heard it here a number of times, so I think it deserves attention. Draft beer does not give you a hangover, headache, or any kind of sickness. If you’ve ever felt sick after drinking draft beer, you either a.) drank too much of it, or b.) had beer served from dirty lines.

4.) Dark Beers are Heavier than Light Beers

Dark and light refer to color, not weight. The different colors come from the toast of malted barley.

5.) Drinking Beer Gives You a “Beer” Belly.

gross "beer" belly

False. Christian Finn, a Clinical Strength and Conditioning Specialist, says “Excess calories from beer are no more likely to contribute to weight gain than excess calories from anything else.”

6.) Beer is a Man’s Drink

Men and Women drinking beer in Louisiana
Along the same lines, you often hear, “wine is a woman’s drink.” I’m not sure where, when, why, or how these mantras took form, but they’re simply untrue. I know plenty of females who prefer beer over wine, and many males who like vino over brew.

7.) Low Alcohol = Low Flavor

Just because you can drink a lot of it, doesn’t mean it has no flavor. Are there some low-alcohol beers with little flavor? Sure. But not all of them. It’s just not true.

8.) Craft Beers are Always High in Alcohol

No where in the “definition” of craft beer do you find any stipulations about strength. Craft beers have a wide range of ABV percentages.

9.) The Shape of a Glass Does Not Affect Taste

Spiegelau Craft Beer Tasting Glass Set

Beer glasses are specially designed by both brewers and glassware specialists to release the full flavors and aromas of the beers they’re made for. That’s it.

10.) Beer Destroys Brain Cells

You likely first heard this from your mother when she was trying to discourage you from drinking in high school and college. It is true that a certain amount of alcohol can temporarily damage the parts of your brain cells that send and receive information, resulting in a lack of cognitive functioning and a decrease in inhibitions. But that’s temporary. In fact, some research suggests that drinking beer actually improves cognitive function.


That’s it, folks. If you have any other beer myths you’d like to publicly debunk, hit us up in the comments or on Facebook.

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Caleb Houseknecht

I'm the Social Media Organizer and Content Writer at KegWorks. When I'm not blogging about beer, cocktails, and spirits, I'm usually reading, watching movies, playing music, or spending time with family.


  • Josh Smith March 23, 2017 @ 1:07pm

    I disagree with you on number 3. Draft beer can in fact give you a headache. The CO2 derives the blood of oxygen which can lead to headaches. Research it a bit.

  • Scott Face August 21, 2017 @ 10:51am

    Draft beer absolutely gives some people bad headaches! I have tested this out on multiple occasions. I can drink 4 canned or bottled beers with no issues and have 1 or 2 draft beers and I suffer with terrible headaches pain that only migraine medicine can remedy! It is real and others have confirmed it!

    • Mike September 24, 2017 @ 2:13pm

      Agree 100% with you. I stay away from draft beer because I have this problem too. Went out to dinner last night having 2 cocktails and 1 beer.

      Woke up with a screaming headache and couldn’t figure out why until my wife pointed out my beer placed at the table while I was at bathroom was a draft.

    • karen June 30, 2018 @ 8:59pm

      I definitely agree! Draft only 2 small draft beers at a new establishment and terrible headache ALL day next day!

    • Coilt Flaunchered October 21, 2018 @ 9:47am

      It’s not the beer, it’s dirty draft lines giving you the headache. Remember, it’s the same beer in the keg, in the bottle, and in the can. Dont blame the beer, blame your local bar for not properly cleaning their draft lines. Also responsible for D.A.D.S. (day after drinking sh*ts).

  • Paul jones November 11, 2017 @ 2:55pm

    I am 70. Never get a headache. If I drink any draft beer from anywhere I get a mingranr headache. Ever since I was 22. You are wrong.

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