Some call it trivia, we call it dedication. To celebrate “Drink Beer Day” we thought digging up some hoppy facts would be a perfect way to pay homage to our favorite beverage. So, grab a beer and check out these fun, weird or magnificent facts (you decide).
1. The First Light Beer Flopped: The first light beer, called “Gablinger’s Diet Beer” was made in 1967 by New York’s Rheingold Brewery. This brew failed to take off and was ultimately discontinued.
2. Time for a Night at the Museum: In celebration of the rise of craft beer, the Smithsonian has kicked off a national research project to collect and preserve the history and the stories behind the craft revolution.
3. Lidded Steins for your Health: Raise your hand if you thought that lid was for keeping out flies. As it turns out, stein lids were created to protect beer drinkers from contracting the plague. GULP.
4. New Beer Style Categories at GABF: As of 2019, The Great American Beer Festival added these new beer styles: Fresh Hop Beer, India Pale Lager, Franconian-Style Rotbier, Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale, Emerging IPA and Contemporary Belgian-Style Gueuze Lambic.
5. Cans Can Do It: While a can prototype was in the works, Prohibition cut off the development of the beer can almost entirely. Shortly before the repeal of prohibition, the American Can Company came out with a prototype beer can and the rest is history!
6. More Beers than Days of the Year: With over 400 types of beer in the world, we know we’ve still got some serious ground to cover. Of the 400+, ales are some of the oldest and lagers are most popular.
7. A Delicious Accident: Ice Bock was created when in 1890, a brewery worker accidentally left a Bock batch outside one winter night. When his employer later forced him to drink the recently frozen beer, this punishment turned out to be a delightful treat that’s still loved to this day.
8. Beer Swimming Pools: Ever dream of swimming in beer? Yeah, us too! At the Schloss Starkenberger brewery in Tarrentz, Austria, you can take a dip in any of the seven 13-foot pools that they keep full of beer for the bargain price of about $250 per two-hour session.
9. The Sun Skunked my Beer: Despite popular belief, it’s not warm storage that brings out the skunky aroma in beer – although it may change the flavor. The real culprit is light. When the sunlight hits beer, it can cause a reaction that creates the same chemical compound as a skunk’s spray and smells just as icky.
10. Robot Beertenders: At Winnipeg’s Torque Brewing, their futuristic “bot-tender” robots will not only take your order but will also clean your glass and serve you beer….But are they Cicerone Certified? 😉
11. Beer and Skittles: In Britain, where Skittles is a pub game similar to bowling, the idiom “Life isn’t all beer and skittles” refers to the belief that life can’t be all pleasure. But here’s to the pursuit of it regardless!
12. Most Popular: Surprise, surprise, beer is the #1 adult beverage in the US. Not only does it occupy the top spot, polls show that its popularity is on the rise in America!
13. Six Centuries of Lambic: First brewed over 600 years ago, the Lambic is one of the world’s oldest of our modern beer styles. Cheers to its next 600 years!
14. World’s Strongest Beer: While most beer has an ABV of 5%, Brewmeister´s “Snake Venom “is not for the faint of heart. This Scottish brew comes in at a whopping 67.5% ABV! Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
15. BRB, Becoming an Ale Conner: In medieval England, an official beer-taster was known as an ale conner. Talk about a dream job! Bonus fun fact: William Shakespeare’s father, John, was an ale conner.
16. Beer Science: We all know that beer is amazing, but did you know that its bubbles can actually create a gravity-defying loop? Researchers at Stanford discovered that this occurs as the bubbles head up in the liquid’s center where drag from the glass is less and the bubbles head down on the outside edge of the glass. Neat, right?
17. Beer is King: The English word cash originated from the Sumerian root word for beer, “kas”. In Sumeria, beer was so valuable that it was often used as currency or to barter.
18. Pricey Beer: How much would you pay for a bottle of beer? For the devoted fans of the Belgian beer “Vielle Bon Secours“, one bottle costs around $1000 USD. Yikes!
19. Bring on the Lace: You know that foamy residue from a beer’s head that hangs onto the inside of a glass? It’s called “Belgian Lace” and is a sign of excellent head retention and a truly well-made beer!
20. Out of this World: Mankind’s love of beer isn’t just limited to the confines of the earth. There’s even a small crater on the moon named Beer!