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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Beer

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Beer


Beer is one of the oldest and most popular beverages on earth

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Beer is the third most popular beverage on earth, after water and tea, and for many it’s a thing of cultish devotion. We seek out the newest releases from our favorite craft breweries, we spend our weekends in our favorite beer bar, we go to massive beer festivals, we talk about it with our friends, and some of us even brew it ourselves. Even if you’re not a complete beer nerd, we bet you’re thinking about cracking open a cold one right now.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Beer

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Beer is the third most popular beverage on earth, after water and tea, and for many it’s a thing of cultish devotion. Even if you’re not a complete beer nerd, we bet you’re thinking about cracking open a cold one right now.

The Oldest Beer Ad Dates to 4000 BC

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Anthropologist Alan D. Eames, known as the “Indiana Jones of Beer,” claimed to have found what he called the “world’s oldest beer advertisement” on his global quest to learn about the origins of beer. According to Eames, the 4,000-year-old Mesopotamian stone tablet featured a large-busted woman holding goblets of beer in each hand, with the tagline, “Drink Elba, the beer with the heart of a lion.”

Hops Have an Interesting Relative

Hops, which both preserve beer and give it its characteristic bitterness, actually come from the same family of flowering plants, Cannabaceae, as marijuana.

The Earliest Brewers Were Women

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In ancient times, beer was brewed almost exclusively by women. Brewing was a well-respected occupation in ancient Mesopotamia, and in ancient Babylonia, brewers also doubled as priestesses.

IPAs Are Named After India for a Reason

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British brewers faced a problem in attempting to ship beer to India: It would go rancid during the long voyage. So they added as much alcohol and hops as they could to the beer (both known preservation techniques) to help the beer survive the journey, inventing a new beer style in the process: India Pale Ale.

The World’s Most Expensive Beer Auctioned for $2,583

The most expensive beer ever sold at auction was a bottle of Cantillon Loerik, a gueuze that was only brewed once, in 1998, and is therefore extremely rare. It sold in April 2014 for $2,583.

The Oldest Still-Functional Brewery is Nearly 1,000 Years Old

Weihenstephan, a brewery near Munich that’s still popular worldwide, began brewing beer in 1040.

Beer Was Crucial to the Construction of the Pyramids

During the construction of the Great Pyramids in Giza, each worker received a daily ration of four to five liters of beer.

China Drinks More Beer Than Any Other Country

China is the fastest-growing beer market in the world, and consumes more of it than any other country. The Chinese consume more than twice as much beer as Americans do!

Ben Franklin’s Famous Quote About Beer? He Never Said It

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You’ve probably heard the Ben Franklin quote, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Sadly, he never said that. What he did say was, “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy,” which doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

A Lot More “Craft” Breweries Are Owned by Big Corporations Than You Think

The majority of the world’s beer is brewed by massive conglomerates, and many of your favorite “craft” breweries are owned by them. For example, Anheuser-Busch InBev owns Blue Point, Elysian, and Goose Island.


Beer-10 Things You Didn`t Know About It

Sate your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer‘s ancient origins, health benefits and surprising chemistry.

1. The oldest known recipe is for a 4,000-year-old beer made by the Sumerians.

2. In the 1980s, Anchor Brewing re-created these ancient Fertile Crescent suds.

3. Sumeria’s neighbors, the Egyptians, built the pyramids under the influence. Workers at Giza received about four liters of beer a day, according to Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

4. Beer (in part because it contains antimicrobial ethanol) was a healthier drink than polluted Nile river water.

5. Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer, is a powerful antiseptic, but not a good cold remedy. The optimal blood alcohol content to kill germs would be more than 60 percent. Alas, that’d kill you, too. (Fatal alcohol poisoning occurs between 0.40 and 0.50 percent.)

6. Salud! Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called polyphenols in one 12-ounce (0.35-liter) bottle of beer create protective levels of plasma antioxidants that can prevent heart disease.

7. But at three bottles a day, the cardiovascular benefits of beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants your body creates as it metabolizes excess ethanol.

8. Another side effect, beer farts, might earn you an offer for a bung — the large cork that seals a cask’s bunghole to allow beer to ferment properly.

9. In Great Britain alone, 93,000 liters of beer are rumored to be lost each year in facial hair.

10. You might have known that fact if you were a beer expert, or cerevisaphile — a word derived from the Latin name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, and vis, meaning strength.


Beer-10 Things You Didn`t Know About It

Sate your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer‘s ancient origins, health benefits and surprising chemistry.

1. The oldest known recipe is for a 4,000-year-old beer made by the Sumerians.

2. In the 1980s, Anchor Brewing re-created these ancient Fertile Crescent suds.

3. Sumeria’s neighbors, the Egyptians, built the pyramids under the influence. Workers at Giza received about four liters of beer a day, according to Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

4. Beer (in part because it contains antimicrobial ethanol) was a healthier drink than polluted Nile river water.

5. Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer, is a powerful antiseptic, but not a good cold remedy. The optimal blood alcohol content to kill germs would be more than 60 percent. Alas, that’d kill you, too. (Fatal alcohol poisoning occurs between 0.40 and 0.50 percent.)

6. Salud! Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called polyphenols in one 12-ounce (0.35-liter) bottle of beer create protective levels of plasma antioxidants that can prevent heart disease.

7. But at three bottles a day, the cardiovascular benefits of beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants your body creates as it metabolizes excess ethanol.

8. Another side effect, beer farts, might earn you an offer for a bung — the large cork that seals a cask’s bunghole to allow beer to ferment properly.

9. In Great Britain alone, 93,000 liters of beer are rumored to be lost each year in facial hair.

10. You might have known that fact if you were a beer expert, or cerevisaphile — a word derived from the Latin name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, and vis, meaning strength.


Beer-10 Things You Didn`t Know About It

Sate your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer‘s ancient origins, health benefits and surprising chemistry.

1. The oldest known recipe is for a 4,000-year-old beer made by the Sumerians.

2. In the 1980s, Anchor Brewing re-created these ancient Fertile Crescent suds.

3. Sumeria’s neighbors, the Egyptians, built the pyramids under the influence. Workers at Giza received about four liters of beer a day, according to Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

4. Beer (in part because it contains antimicrobial ethanol) was a healthier drink than polluted Nile river water.

5. Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer, is a powerful antiseptic, but not a good cold remedy. The optimal blood alcohol content to kill germs would be more than 60 percent. Alas, that’d kill you, too. (Fatal alcohol poisoning occurs between 0.40 and 0.50 percent.)

6. Salud! Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called polyphenols in one 12-ounce (0.35-liter) bottle of beer create protective levels of plasma antioxidants that can prevent heart disease.

7. But at three bottles a day, the cardiovascular benefits of beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants your body creates as it metabolizes excess ethanol.

8. Another side effect, beer farts, might earn you an offer for a bung — the large cork that seals a cask’s bunghole to allow beer to ferment properly.

9. In Great Britain alone, 93,000 liters of beer are rumored to be lost each year in facial hair.

10. You might have known that fact if you were a beer expert, or cerevisaphile — a word derived from the Latin name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, and vis, meaning strength.


Beer-10 Things You Didn`t Know About It

Sate your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer‘s ancient origins, health benefits and surprising chemistry.

1. The oldest known recipe is for a 4,000-year-old beer made by the Sumerians.

2. In the 1980s, Anchor Brewing re-created these ancient Fertile Crescent suds.

3. Sumeria’s neighbors, the Egyptians, built the pyramids under the influence. Workers at Giza received about four liters of beer a day, according to Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

4. Beer (in part because it contains antimicrobial ethanol) was a healthier drink than polluted Nile river water.

5. Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer, is a powerful antiseptic, but not a good cold remedy. The optimal blood alcohol content to kill germs would be more than 60 percent. Alas, that’d kill you, too. (Fatal alcohol poisoning occurs between 0.40 and 0.50 percent.)

6. Salud! Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called polyphenols in one 12-ounce (0.35-liter) bottle of beer create protective levels of plasma antioxidants that can prevent heart disease.

7. But at three bottles a day, the cardiovascular benefits of beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants your body creates as it metabolizes excess ethanol.

8. Another side effect, beer farts, might earn you an offer for a bung — the large cork that seals a cask’s bunghole to allow beer to ferment properly.

9. In Great Britain alone, 93,000 liters of beer are rumored to be lost each year in facial hair.

10. You might have known that fact if you were a beer expert, or cerevisaphile — a word derived from the Latin name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, and vis, meaning strength.


Beer-10 Things You Didn`t Know About It

Sate your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer‘s ancient origins, health benefits and surprising chemistry.

1. The oldest known recipe is for a 4,000-year-old beer made by the Sumerians.

2. In the 1980s, Anchor Brewing re-created these ancient Fertile Crescent suds.

3. Sumeria’s neighbors, the Egyptians, built the pyramids under the influence. Workers at Giza received about four liters of beer a day, according to Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

4. Beer (in part because it contains antimicrobial ethanol) was a healthier drink than polluted Nile river water.

5. Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer, is a powerful antiseptic, but not a good cold remedy. The optimal blood alcohol content to kill germs would be more than 60 percent. Alas, that’d kill you, too. (Fatal alcohol poisoning occurs between 0.40 and 0.50 percent.)

6. Salud! Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called polyphenols in one 12-ounce (0.35-liter) bottle of beer create protective levels of plasma antioxidants that can prevent heart disease.

7. But at three bottles a day, the cardiovascular benefits of beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants your body creates as it metabolizes excess ethanol.

8. Another side effect, beer farts, might earn you an offer for a bung — the large cork that seals a cask’s bunghole to allow beer to ferment properly.

9. In Great Britain alone, 93,000 liters of beer are rumored to be lost each year in facial hair.

10. You might have known that fact if you were a beer expert, or cerevisaphile — a word derived from the Latin name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, and vis, meaning strength.


Beer-10 Things You Didn`t Know About It

Sate your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer‘s ancient origins, health benefits and surprising chemistry.

1. The oldest known recipe is for a 4,000-year-old beer made by the Sumerians.

2. In the 1980s, Anchor Brewing re-created these ancient Fertile Crescent suds.

3. Sumeria’s neighbors, the Egyptians, built the pyramids under the influence. Workers at Giza received about four liters of beer a day, according to Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

4. Beer (in part because it contains antimicrobial ethanol) was a healthier drink than polluted Nile river water.

5. Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer, is a powerful antiseptic, but not a good cold remedy. The optimal blood alcohol content to kill germs would be more than 60 percent. Alas, that’d kill you, too. (Fatal alcohol poisoning occurs between 0.40 and 0.50 percent.)

6. Salud! Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called polyphenols in one 12-ounce (0.35-liter) bottle of beer create protective levels of plasma antioxidants that can prevent heart disease.

7. But at three bottles a day, the cardiovascular benefits of beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants your body creates as it metabolizes excess ethanol.

8. Another side effect, beer farts, might earn you an offer for a bung — the large cork that seals a cask’s bunghole to allow beer to ferment properly.

9. In Great Britain alone, 93,000 liters of beer are rumored to be lost each year in facial hair.

10. You might have known that fact if you were a beer expert, or cerevisaphile — a word derived from the Latin name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, and vis, meaning strength.


Beer-10 Things You Didn`t Know About It

Sate your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer‘s ancient origins, health benefits and surprising chemistry.

1. The oldest known recipe is for a 4,000-year-old beer made by the Sumerians.

2. In the 1980s, Anchor Brewing re-created these ancient Fertile Crescent suds.

3. Sumeria’s neighbors, the Egyptians, built the pyramids under the influence. Workers at Giza received about four liters of beer a day, according to Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

4. Beer (in part because it contains antimicrobial ethanol) was a healthier drink than polluted Nile river water.

5. Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer, is a powerful antiseptic, but not a good cold remedy. The optimal blood alcohol content to kill germs would be more than 60 percent. Alas, that’d kill you, too. (Fatal alcohol poisoning occurs between 0.40 and 0.50 percent.)

6. Salud! Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called polyphenols in one 12-ounce (0.35-liter) bottle of beer create protective levels of plasma antioxidants that can prevent heart disease.

7. But at three bottles a day, the cardiovascular benefits of beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants your body creates as it metabolizes excess ethanol.

8. Another side effect, beer farts, might earn you an offer for a bung — the large cork that seals a cask’s bunghole to allow beer to ferment properly.

9. In Great Britain alone, 93,000 liters of beer are rumored to be lost each year in facial hair.

10. You might have known that fact if you were a beer expert, or cerevisaphile — a word derived from the Latin name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, and vis, meaning strength.


Beer-10 Things You Didn`t Know About It

Sate your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer‘s ancient origins, health benefits and surprising chemistry.

1. The oldest known recipe is for a 4,000-year-old beer made by the Sumerians.

2. In the 1980s, Anchor Brewing re-created these ancient Fertile Crescent suds.

3. Sumeria’s neighbors, the Egyptians, built the pyramids under the influence. Workers at Giza received about four liters of beer a day, according to Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

4. Beer (in part because it contains antimicrobial ethanol) was a healthier drink than polluted Nile river water.

5. Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer, is a powerful antiseptic, but not a good cold remedy. The optimal blood alcohol content to kill germs would be more than 60 percent. Alas, that’d kill you, too. (Fatal alcohol poisoning occurs between 0.40 and 0.50 percent.)

6. Salud! Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called polyphenols in one 12-ounce (0.35-liter) bottle of beer create protective levels of plasma antioxidants that can prevent heart disease.

7. But at three bottles a day, the cardiovascular benefits of beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants your body creates as it metabolizes excess ethanol.

8. Another side effect, beer farts, might earn you an offer for a bung — the large cork that seals a cask’s bunghole to allow beer to ferment properly.

9. In Great Britain alone, 93,000 liters of beer are rumored to be lost each year in facial hair.

10. You might have known that fact if you were a beer expert, or cerevisaphile — a word derived from the Latin name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, and vis, meaning strength.


Beer-10 Things You Didn`t Know About It

Sate your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer‘s ancient origins, health benefits and surprising chemistry.

1. The oldest known recipe is for a 4,000-year-old beer made by the Sumerians.

2. In the 1980s, Anchor Brewing re-created these ancient Fertile Crescent suds.

3. Sumeria’s neighbors, the Egyptians, built the pyramids under the influence. Workers at Giza received about four liters of beer a day, according to Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

4. Beer (in part because it contains antimicrobial ethanol) was a healthier drink than polluted Nile river water.

5. Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer, is a powerful antiseptic, but not a good cold remedy. The optimal blood alcohol content to kill germs would be more than 60 percent. Alas, that’d kill you, too. (Fatal alcohol poisoning occurs between 0.40 and 0.50 percent.)

6. Salud! Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called polyphenols in one 12-ounce (0.35-liter) bottle of beer create protective levels of plasma antioxidants that can prevent heart disease.

7. But at three bottles a day, the cardiovascular benefits of beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants your body creates as it metabolizes excess ethanol.

8. Another side effect, beer farts, might earn you an offer for a bung — the large cork that seals a cask’s bunghole to allow beer to ferment properly.

9. In Great Britain alone, 93,000 liters of beer are rumored to be lost each year in facial hair.

10. You might have known that fact if you were a beer expert, or cerevisaphile — a word derived from the Latin name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, and vis, meaning strength.


Beer-10 Things You Didn`t Know About It

Sate your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer‘s ancient origins, health benefits and surprising chemistry.

1. The oldest known recipe is for a 4,000-year-old beer made by the Sumerians.

2. In the 1980s, Anchor Brewing re-created these ancient Fertile Crescent suds.

3. Sumeria’s neighbors, the Egyptians, built the pyramids under the influence. Workers at Giza received about four liters of beer a day, according to Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

4. Beer (in part because it contains antimicrobial ethanol) was a healthier drink than polluted Nile river water.

5. Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer, is a powerful antiseptic, but not a good cold remedy. The optimal blood alcohol content to kill germs would be more than 60 percent. Alas, that’d kill you, too. (Fatal alcohol poisoning occurs between 0.40 and 0.50 percent.)

6. Salud! Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called polyphenols in one 12-ounce (0.35-liter) bottle of beer create protective levels of plasma antioxidants that can prevent heart disease.

7. But at three bottles a day, the cardiovascular benefits of beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants your body creates as it metabolizes excess ethanol.

8. Another side effect, beer farts, might earn you an offer for a bung — the large cork that seals a cask’s bunghole to allow beer to ferment properly.

9. In Great Britain alone, 93,000 liters of beer are rumored to be lost each year in facial hair.

10. You might have known that fact if you were a beer expert, or cerevisaphile — a word derived from the Latin name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, and vis, meaning strength.


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