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National and International Beer Day Trivia

Impress your friends with your knowledge about Beer:

  • Beer is the second most popular beverage in the world, second only to Tea.
  • The first reference to beer dates to around 6,000 BC.
  • The very first documented  recipe for beer was on a 4,000-year-old Sumerian tablet containing the Hymn to Ninkasi, a prayer to the goddess of brewing. It is the oldest known documented recipe of any kind!
  • 4,000 years ago in Babylon, a month after a wedding, the bride's father would supply his new son-in law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer. This period was called the "honey month", hence the term "honeymoon".
  • Before thermometers were invented, brewers would dip a thumb or finger into the beer mix, to determine the right temperature to add yeast. Too cold, and the yeast wouldn't grow. Too hot, would kill the yeast. This thumb test  became known as the "rule of thumb".
  • English pubs sell ale by pints and quarts. When customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at patrons to mind their own pints and quarts, and to calm down. Over time Bartenders shortened this expression to "mind your P's and Q's".
  • British men have been found twice as likely to know the price of their beer as their partner's bra size.
  • The world's strongest beer is 'Samuel Adams' Triple Bock, at 17% alcohol by volume. It's theoretically impossible to create a beverage over 18% alcohol by fermentation alone.
  • George Washington had his own Brewhouse on the his estate at Mount Vernon, V.A.
  • Abraham Lincoln held a liquor license and operated several taverns.
  • To keep your beer glass or mug from sticking to bar napkins, sprinkle a little salt on the napkin before you set your glass down.
  • Beer was first sold in bottles in 1850. It wasn't until 1935, that beer was sold in cans..
  • If you collect beer bottles you're a labeorphilist.
  • A beer lover or enthusiast is called a cerevisaphile.
  • A barrel contains 31 gallons of beer. A keg is 15.5 gallons, or a half-barrel.
  • To get rid of the foam "head" at the top of beer, stick your fingers in it.
  • In the Middle Ages, monks brewing beer were allowed to drink five quarts of beer a day.
  • Medicinally, beer helps prevent kidney stones.
  • There are two basic categories of beer: lager and ale.
  • Hops add bitterness to beer.
  • Methyphobia is the fear of alcohol.
  • Cenosillacaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass...heaven forbid!!

Also see:

National Beer Day

International Beer Day

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