21 Totally Useless (But Interesting) Facts About Beer
We love beer. That’s not news to you. We love pouring beer, and drinking craft beer — and importing beer. But there’s one thing we love most about beer: Trivia. Yes, that’s right. We know way more about beer than the average bear, and soon, you will, too. When was the first bottle of beer sold? Did you know that “fear of the empty glass” is a real, documented phobia?
- Oktoberfest originally started as a festival celebrating the 1810 marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig.
- The study of beer and beer-making is known as zythology, which comes from the Greek: zythos (beer) + logos (study).
- The first bottle of beer was sold in 1850.
- Beer should be stored upright. Doing so decreases the risk of oxidation and cap contamination.
- A product of Belgium, Vielle Bon Secours is the world’s most expensive beer, ringing up around $1000 (USD).
- Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass.
- George Washington was insistent: His continental army deserved a quart of beer each day.
- There are 400 types of beer for sale around the world.
- Belgium offers more individual brands of beer than any other country.
- The average American consumes 23 gallons of beer each year.
- Brown bottles keep beer fresher than do clear or green-tinted bottles.
- The oldest advertisement for beer was found on a clay tablet that dates back to 4000 BC.
- Commercials that air in the United States are strictly prohibited from showing alcohol consumption.
- In 2010, divers found the oldest drinkable beer, in an early 19th-century shipwreck off the coast of Finland.
- The hops that make beer belong to the Cannabaceae family; yep, hops and marijuana are long-lost cousins.
- Only beautiful women — called brewsters — made up the first group of professional brewers. (Girl power!)
- Nearly one percent (0.7% to be precise) of all people alive are drunk right now. Are you among them?
- Barack Obama is the first American president to brew his own beer: White House Honey Ale.
- Head is created by a complex carbon-dioxide reaction; it’s very important, and says more about the quality of your brew than you might think. Beer without the presence of head will probably taste flat and bland.
- When President Teddy Roosevelt went to Africa on safari, he took more than 500 gallons of beer with him.
- Regular beer consumption will reduce your risk of kidney stones by 40 percent. The American Journal of Epidemiology said so.
And now you know.