At the risk of sounding like a broken record, let me say one thing: beer is freaking awesome. It’s a magical elixir that can transform the dull and mundane into the unforgettable with just a few well-timed sips. It’s a hobby, a passion, a calling, a Saturday night. It was a clean source of water for settlers of the frontier and ancient civilizations, and has evolved into being a clean source of distraction and delight for settlers of couches, bar stools, and camp fire chairs in our modern era of comfort. Seriously, beer, we’d be lost without you.
So, with that ode to suds out of the way, I have one question: How can we make beer even better?
Now, I’m sure some of you are thinking that I’m either greedy or dumb. How dare I ask for more perfection from the world’s most perfect beverage? And how could we make it better anyhow? Well, my twofold response goes something like this, “Perfection is meant to be improved upon,” and “Uh, science.”
Specifically, Australian science . Because the Aussies know how to chase dreams. Case in point: researchers at Griffith University in Queensland have developed a beer that actually hydrates you.
Oh. My. God.
Yes, you read it right. A beer that hydrates. Prof. Ben Desbrow and his team accomplished this by slightly lowering the alcohol content of the brew while adding electrolytes (the same stuff you find in noted hangover cure Gatorade).
As he said, “If you’re going to live in the real world, you can either spend your time telling people what they shouldn’t do, or you can work on ways of reducing the danger of some of these socialised activities.” In other words, you can tell people not to drink because hangovers suck, or you can develop a beer that helps make hangovers much less hellacious. I bet you can’t guess what I vote for…
Prof. Desbrow, you are a true hero. Thanks for everything.