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“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly a well with pizza.”

-Dave Barry

Beer is one of the most consumed beverages on the planet. Following water and tea, this ancient alcoholic beverage is enjoyed by people across the world. Created by ancient monks and nobles alike using various grains, beer has a lengthy history with humanity. Beer has been credited for fueling many famous creative writings and inspiring artists and thinkers, while additionally delighting passionate beer brewers around the world. Next time you raise your glass, bottle, or can, have a cheer for beer!


30. We Must Stop For Beer

The pilgrims on the Mayflower apparently made their landing at Plymouth Rock, due to the lack of beer. The ship was originally destined to arrive in Virginia, but a diary entry from a passenger confirmed that the wind was taken out of the ship’s sails, once there was no more beer to drink.

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29. Barrel > Keg

Most Americans are used to seeing kegs of beer, which contains about 15.5 gallons of beer each. A barrel of beer can hold a lot more suds, containing a whopping 31 gallons! Barrel stand anyone?

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28. Where’s The Bottle

Initially, beer was typically served in a glass bottle, or in a pint glass. However, that all changed in 1935 when Gottfried Krueger Brewery sold their first cans of beer in Richmond VA. By the end of the year, 37 breweries followed their lead.

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27. Rule Of Thumb

Until the thermometer was invented, brewing beer requiring dipping a finger in the mix to test the temperature before the addition of yeast. Yeast will die if the mixture is too hot, and will not develop in cold temperatures. This is considered one of the possible origins of the phrase ‘rule of thumb’.

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26. Mind Your P’s And Q’s

Bars can be rowdy places, especially when customers become a bit tipsy. In England, ale would be served by the pint or quart. It would be common for a bartender to yell at customers who needed to settle down, with the phrase ‘mind your P’s and Q’s.’

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25. Ancient Liquid Courage

Before heading into battle, Vikings would enjoy a drink or two of ale. After downing their drinks, they would fearlessly charge into battle, often shirtless. The term ‘berserk,’ means ‘bare shirt’ in Norse, and eventually became associated with enraged Vikings entering battle. When it came to the afterlife, Vikings believed that in Valhalla, a magical goat provided a limitless amount of beer.

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24. Drink To Your Health

A study by the American Journal of Epidemiology connected beer consumption to kidney stones. Apparently, drinking a bottle of beer every day can reduce the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%.

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23. Beer Belly

Although beer is notorious for leading to developing a few more inches around the waist, some beers are actually diet-friendly. Drinking 12-ounces of an average pale beer has less calories than drinking the same amount of 2% milk or apple juice.

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22. Will Work For Beer

In Amsterdam, street cleaners can get paid in beer. In exchange for cleaning city streets, workers receive some rolling tobacco, 10 Euros, and 5 beers. This unique payment is given out by a government-funded organization to aid people with alcoholism.

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21. Drink If You Dare

Most beers have around 5% alcohol by volume. The Brewmeister’s Snake Venom beer is perhaps the world’s strongest beer. The alcohol by volume level is a gut-wrenching 67.5%! Bottoms up.

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20. Motivational Forces

According to an archaeologist from the University of Pennsylvania, the builders of the ancient Egyptian pyramids were partially compensated in beer. Workers were given an allowance of about four litres of beer per day for their labor.

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19. There’s An Ology For That

Zythology is the scientific name for the study of beer and beer production.

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18. Cheers For Beer

The Czech Republic is the leading beer-drinking country in the world. Czechs enjoy almost 40 gallons of beer per capita annually.

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17. Blue Blood Only

If you wanted to enjoy one of the most expensive beers on the planet, it is going to cost you a pretty penny. Enjoying just one bottle of Belgian’s ‘Vielle Bon Secours’ costs about $1,000 American dollars.

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16. Mother Russia

Beer was not officially classified as an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.

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15. The Scariest Thing on Earth

Cenosillicaphobia is the phobia of an empty beer glass. Of all the phobias out there this one makes sense to me.

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14. Never Too Old

In 2010 a shipwreck discovered near Finland provided a carbonated discovery. Although dated from the early 19th-century, there were beer bottles still preserved on the wreckage. People who tasted it said it tasted old, with a hint of burnt notes and an acidic aftertaste.

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13. Beer Bash Celebrations

Oktoberfest is the largest beer festival in the world, originally taking place in Munich, Germany and is now celebrated around the world. During a span of 16 days, festival goers enjoy different types of beer and party merrily. The even attracts over 6 million people to Munich, from late September to the first weekend of October. Over 7.3 million liters of beer have been consumed at Oktoberfest celebrations. There was also 180 lost and found passports and one wheelchair, but the beer drinking probably had nothing to do with that. Cheers!

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12. Feeling The Buzz

50 million people are drunk right now. This is because at any moment on our planet, 0.7% of the human population has been enjoying a drink or two of alcohol. As beer is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages,it must be a contributing factor.

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11. Head Please

The foamy head (or collar) is a marker of the beer’s quality. Too much is undesirable but too little means something went wrong in the fermentation process.  The elements that produce the head are wort protein, yeast and hop residue. Some believe that the head is what provides beer with its distinct aroma and without it, the beer is incomplete. Cheers!

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10. Brews And Politics

The United States President George Washington, enjoyed drinking and brewing beer so much, that he had his own private brewery. President Washington also had a recipe for beer in a notebook, kept during the French and Indian War.

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9. Innovation at Its Finest

The Milwaukee-established beer brand Schlitz was the first brewery to utilize a brown bottle to diffuse light and keep beer fresh. Schlitz was also responsible for the development of the tall boy, to amplify the beer drinking experience.

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8. So What Do The Numbers Mean

One beer has a lot of tongues wagging, over a secret message on their bottles. Rolling Rock has kept the conversation going over their beer by offering up various theories as to why the number 33 is printed on the bottle, but there are more questions than answers. Some say that the beer is brewed at 33 degrees, that they are Larry Bird fans, or that the brewery was bought in 1933. Regardless of the meaning, the beer is good.

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7. The Best Selling Beer In The World

With over 1 billion people, China has the largest beer market by volume.  The best selling beer on the Chinese market is called ‘Snow,’ and retails for 49 cents a can.

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6. The Great Beer Wave

On 17 October 1814  the parish of St. Giles, London, England experienced potentially the worst beer related disaster in history.  A huge vat containing over 135,000 imperial gallons (610,000 L) of beer ruptured at the Meux and Company Brewery. This caused other vats in the same building to rupture in a domino effect. As a result, more than 323,000 imperial gallons (1,470,000 L) of beer burst out and gushed into the streets. The wave of beer destroyed two homes and killed eight people. No one was charged for the loss of life and property damage, as it was considered an act of God.

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5. An Ancient Libation

Beer has been around for thousands of years, and the the oldest known beer recipe dates back 4,000 years from a Sumerian (ancient Iraq) poem. Although it didn’t include the use of hops, the beer was made from barley via bread.

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4. How To Finance A War

During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln needed a way to finance the North’s efforts. The solution? Tax beer. There were over 4000 independent breweries at the time.

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3. Home Brew

During the Medieval period in Europe, brewing was one of the task’s assigned to a housewife, in addition to cooking and cleaning. Some women became famous for their exceptional brewing skills. One brewer would let her chickens roost over the beer vats, and simply stirred the droppings in the beer. Extra flavor booster perhaps?

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2. Guess No Apologies Accepted

In ancient Babylon beer brewing was serious business. In fact, if anyone was found guilty of brewing a bad batch of the beverage, there was severe punishment. The culprit would be drowned in their failed brew.

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1. Don’t Arrest Me, I Have A Prescription For That

During Prohibition in America in the 1920s, in order to circumvent the laws, physicians and licensed breweries produced ‘medical beer.’ Doctors could give a prescription for medical beer in the same way that doctors today can prescribe medical marijuana. This worked for a time but in November 1921, Congress changed their mind, and alcohol was completely banned, prescription or not.

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