The foamy head is an important part of beer. It is formed by a complex carbon-dioxide reaction and can say a lot about the quality of the beer. If the head is missing, it can mean that your beer is flat and sometimes bland-tasting.
At any given time, 0.7% of the world population is drunk. That means 50 million people are drunk right now. Beer is the main contributor to the drunkenness.
The Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids under the influence. According to Patrick McGovern, an archaeologist from the University of Pennsylvania, workers at Giza received about four liters of beer a day.
The study of beer and beer-making even has an official scientific name – zythology. It derives from the Greek words “zythos” (beer) and “logos” (study).
In 1814, almost 400,000 gallons of beer flooded several streets in London after a huge vat ruptured in the parish of St. Giles.
American president George Washington had his own brewhouse on the grounds of Mount Vernon.
There are too many types of beer in the world to know the exact amount that currently exist. However, we do know that Belgium is the country that has the most individual beer brands.
Beer prevents kidney stones. A study published in American Journal of Epidemiology estimated that a bottle of beer consumed every day reduces the risk by 40%.
Ancient Babylonians were so serious about brewing beer that if anyone brewed a bad batch, they would drown them in it as a punishment.
The first professional brewers were all women called brewsters. The women had to be very beautiful to be able to become brewsters.
The world’s largest beer festival is Oktoberfest. Held annually in Munich, Germany, it is a 16-day funfair running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.
Beer strengthens bones. It is rich in silicon that increases calcium deposits and minerals for bone tissue.
The world´s strongest beer is Brewmeister´s “Snake Venom“. While regular beer usually has about 5% ABV, this Scottish killer has a stomach-burning 67.5% ABV.
The oldest drinkable beer in the world was found in 2010, in an early 19th-century shipwreck discovered near Finland. The beer was preserved in bottles by the cold abyss and it tasted very old (unsurprisingly), with some burnt notes and an acidic aftertaste.
Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass. Terrifying phobia indeed.
Beer and marijuana have more in common than you would think. Beer hops are in the same family of flowering plants as marijuana.
Steven Petrosino of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania downed 1 liter of beer or 33 ounces in a chilly 1.3 seconds in 1977 which made him a World Beer Chugging Champion according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Beer is one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, possibly dating back to the early Neolithic or 9500 BC.
Amsterdam pays alcoholics in beer. For cleaning the city streets, local alcoholics get 10 Euros, half a packet of rolling tobacco and 5 beers as payment by a government-funded organization.
The most beer-drinking country in the world is the Czech Republic. With an incredible per capita beer consumption of almost 40 gallons a year, the Czechs are way out in front in the beer drinking world league.