St. Patrick and the apocalypse: why you should be stocking up on Guinness

ImageFor those of us still recovering from yesterday’s festivities, the thought of consuming more alcohol – beer in particular – is enough to make you want to crawl back under the covers and bury your still-aching head. But don’t let the effects of an excessive celebration deter you from including beer in your survival plan. Read on to discover the benefits of consuming beer in moderation* and learn why you should be stocking up now.

Beer’s primary post-apocalypse benefit is very similar to its function in our current society as a social lubricant. Everyone loves the person who brings the keg to a house party, and there is no reason to suspect this will change in the aftermath of a cataclysmic event. Conversely, it is more likely to be greatly appreciated by disorganized fellow survivors who failed to procure their own supply. In addition to building social bonds and relaxing after a hard day of surviving the elements, beer can also be useful as a post-apocalypse currency. A steady demand ensures that beer will retain its value, if not appreciating as it becomes more scare, allowing those with a sufficient stock to obtain other items they need. This topic will be discussed in further detail in future posts on the structure of the post-apocalypse society and economy.

The second reason to stock your survival pack with beer is the health benefits from consuming it in moderation (e.g. a consumption level of roughly a beer a day). In addition to raising levels of “good” cholesterol, beer also contains several nutrients that are critical for maintaining overall health. While it is easy to achieve a recommended daily intake of these nutrients in the pre-apocalypse world with supermarkets and daily multivitamins, the same cannot be said for the post-disaster scenario. Just as some monks used to drink beer to supplement their diet during Lent, you can use it to adjust to a post-apocalypse situation where food may be scarce.

Stouts, such as Guinness, have been found to be higher in antioxidant properties than other beers, such as lagers. Guinness also contains higher levels of vitamin B than other beers, as well as small quantities of iron, calcium, phosphates, and fiber. While it is a matter of personal preference, and you may want to stock up on several types of beer just for the variety-factor, Guinness deserves a place in the survival packs of all well-prepared survivors.

-Kennedy

*This blog is not intended to give medical advice and should not be taken as such. The authors are not qualified medical professionals and strongly encourage you to seek the guidance of a doctor on all health issues.

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About theurbanapocalypse

We are two urbanites on a mission: To survive. We believe that the apocalypse is coming and that everyone has what they need to survive in the aftermath...they just don't know how to use it. Our purpose with this blog is to provide readers with the handy information they need to be prepared. Now before you write us off as crazy; know that we are just like you. Wren is a PR professional living on the west coast. She's active, clever, artistic, has an awesome dog, and thinks that cheese is the best food on the planet. Kennedy is in Finance on the east coast. She's an amazing cook, planner, yoga enthusiast, wine lover, and is the smarter, more down to earth of the two.

3 responses to “St. Patrick and the apocalypse: why you should be stocking up on Guinness”

  1. poliadic says :

    Interesting thoughts here. I seem to recall voyagers coming to the New World often drank beer instead of water because it was free of pests and essentially the equivalent of having a loaf of bread for breakfast. Also wine during some of the rougher days in Europe was safer to drink than the water. Certainly something to think about!

    • theurbanapocalypse says :

      Excellent point! Alcohol has been an essential survival tool for centuries and is an important part of any survival kit. It is important to keep in mind that the alcohol content of early beer and wine was likely a lot lower than it is in modern varieties, and the quantities consumed should account for this. Thanks for your comment.

      -Kennedy

  2. poliadic says :

    Reblogged this on Poliadic and commented:
    An excellent post from The Urban Apocalypse on a commidity not usually thought of in survival situations. Also, while excessive use can dehydrate, it can be a cleaner source of water!

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