The term “growler”, which refers to a glass or ceramic vessel used to transport draft beer, is believed to have originated in the late 19th century when the steel pails that were used to transport beer would make a “growling” noise when CO2 escaped from them.
A British study that tracked 20,000 beer drinkers for more than 8 years concluded that beer drinkers are “more likely to put on weight" than non-drinkers, but not necessarily around the abdomen. The researchers concluded that genetics play a larger role in determining how people's weight is distributed than drinking beer does.
During the European Middle Ages and the Renaissance, beer was often a nutritional necessity and was sometimes used in a medicinal setting. It could be flavored with almost anything, from the bark of fir trees to fresh eggs and thyme. Almost everyone drank beer, including children.