Being one of the oldest crafted beverages in the world, beer has been enjoyed by billions throughout history and remains a favorite today. While the varieties have exponentially grown, the foundation is still there….and it’s awesome! Here are a few things to expand your knowledge for some random bar trivia. Cheers!
1. If you are a beer lover or enthusiast, you are by definition a “cerevisaphile”, while if you collect beer bottles you are labeorphilist.
2. Beer is legally defined as a staple food in Bavaria.
3. Coming in behind tea, beer is the second most popular beverage in the world.
4. According to The Code of Hammurabi of ancient Babylonia, a merchant could be put to death for diluting beer…..eek!
5. A bride would distribute ale to her wedding guests old-age England. In exchange, they would give money as a gift/donation to the newly weds. The beer was known as “Bride Ale”, is which where the word “bridal” comes from!
6. In Ancient Egypt, stonecutters and slaves who were building the pyramids were paid in beer. This type of beer was called “kash”, which is where the word “cash” came from!
7. The very first Oktoberfest was held in Munich in 1810….and still thrives on a yearly basis today!
8. The United State’s national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”, was actually inspired by a British Drinking song called “Anacreon”.
9. US President Theodore Roosevelt once took over 500 gallons of beer with him on an African Safari….must have been an interesting ride.
10. The world’s oldest recipe is for none other than….beer!
11. Beer bottles weren’t invented until 1850. Before then, people have to carry their booze home in a special bucket.
12. Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass…..(common phobia in pubs)
13. In Medieval England, beer was often served for breakfast.
14. In the 13th century, it was common to baptize children in beer.
15. In Kentucky, anyone who has been drinking is considered sober until he/she cannot hold onto the ground. Good rule of thumb, I’d say.
16. In 1642, the first brewery in America was built in Hoboken, New Jersey.
17. In Ancient Egypt, the minimum wage was two containers of beer.
18. 4000 years ago in Babylon, it was accepted practice that for a month after a wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the “honey month”, or what we know today as the “honeymoon”.
19. President George Washington had his own Brewhouse on the grounds of his house at Mount Vernon.
20. By23. In 1600 BC Egypt, beer was used to treat over 100 illnesses.
21. Pabst Brewery produced the first six-pack of beer in the 1940s. They did studies which found that six cans were the ideal weight for the average housewife to carry home from the store!
22. The U.S. Marine Corps opened their first recruiting station in a bar.
23. Who said monks in the middle ages didn’t know how to have fun? They were allowed to drink 5 quarts of beer a day!
24. From the 1300s through the 1700s, American and European Universities had in-house breweries to provide beer to the students. Harvard had its own brew house in 1674 and five beer halls.
25. Chinese Imperial Edict, in 1116 BC, stated that heaven required people to drink beer.
26. In Egypt there is a beer called “bousa”, which is brewed from millet and has been around for over 3,000 years. Modern Ethiopia has a version made from wheat. It has been speculated that this may have been the origin for the word “booze.”
27. King Federick the Great at one time banned coffee, to boost beer sales. 3000 BC, Egyptians were already brewing six different types of beer.