Beer Fun Facts



  • It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the 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, which we know today as the honeymoon.


  • In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts… So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them ‘Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.’It’s where we get the phrase ‘mind your P’s and Q’s’


  • Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. ‘Wet your whistle’ is the phrase inspired by this practice.


  • before invention of the thermometer, brewers used to check the temperature by dipping their thumb, to find whether appropriate for adding Yeast. Too hot, the yeast would die. This is where we get the phrase ” The Rule of the Thumb”


  • Guinness stout started production in 1759 when Arthur Guinness signed a 9000 year lease for an abandoned Dublin brewery.
  • Hops, the primary ingredient for bittering, is a close cousin of the Cannibus plant.


  • IPA’s were originally delivered by the British to their troops in India. India Pale Ales were highly hopped & highly alcoholic to preserve the beer during its long voyage.


  • Some beers are poured into goblets to allow the drinker’s hand to warm the beverage to the proper temperature.


  • Large, commercial breweries use inexpensive grains like rice to convert sugar to alcohol. Craft brewers never do.


  • Hops are widely recognized as herbal relaxants and are used in naturopathic or homeopathic medicines as sleep inducers or stress relievers.


  • After consuming a vibrant brew called Aul or Ale, the Vikings would go fearlessly to the battlefield, without their armour, or even their shirts. The “Berserk” means “bear shirt” in norse, and eventually to the meaning of wild battles.


  • Way down in 1740, the Admiral Veron of the British fleet decided to water down the navy’s rum, which naturally, the sailors weren’t pleased with. They nicknamed the Admiral Old Grog, after the still stiff grogram coats he used to wear. The term grog soon began to mean the watered down drink itself. When you are drunk on this this grog, you are “groggy”, a word still in use.


  • The word “toast,” meaning a wish of good health, started in ancient Rome, where a piece of toasted bread was dropped into wine.


  • Vikings used the skulls of their enemies as drinking vessels.


  • Anyone under the age of 21 who takes out household trash containing even a single empty alcohol beverage container can be charged with illegal possession of alcohol in Missouri.


  • The early Church declared that alcohol was an inherently good gift of God to be used and enjoyed. While individuals might choose not to drink, to despise alcohol was heresy.


  • While there wasn’t any cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin pie to eat at the first Thanksgiving, there was beer, brandy, gin, and wine to drink.


  • During Prohibition, temperance activists hired a scholar to rewrite the Bible by removing all references to alcohol beverage.


  • Bourbon takes its name from Bourbon County in Kentucky, where it was first produced in 1789 by a Baptist minister.


  • The alcohol in drinks of either low alcohol content (below 15%) or high alcohol content (over 30%) tend to be absorbed into the body more slowly.


  • When archaeologists discovered a four-thousand-year old Mesopotamian clay tablet, they were naturally curious to learn what it was all about. So a good deal of scholarly effort was put into the task of deciphering its cryptic markings. As it turns out, the ancient Mesopotamian’s were recording a recipe for beer. And not just any recipe, but a formula handed down from the god Enki himself. This probably came as no surprise to the archaeologists, since the subject of beer pops up regularly in their work. Images of people brewing, storing, and drinking beer are found in ruined cities and forgotten tombs scattered throughout the ancient world.


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