Random Beer Facts

random beer capsIn England centuries past, pub drinkers used a novel innovation so that their beer is served quickly. Mugs are employed with a whistle wielded into the rim and blown to summon the barmaid. It is suggested this gave birth to the phrase wet your whistle..

The first people to brew are the Babylonians. They even took beer seriously that if you brewed a bad batch, you will be submerged in it as a punishment.

Water is the key composition of beer, which is not that interesting. However, what makes interesting is that the water in some parts of Dublin was better suited to creating particular types of beer. The mineral-rich hard water of Dublin, for example, was excellent for making Stouts like Guinness.

In the Middle Ages where potable water is quite difficult to find, people chose to consume beer since the alcohol is safer than water.

Store beer bottle upright, this minimizes oxidation from the cap.

In 1814, a 3,500-barrel brewery tank of beer ruptured causing a tsunami of Beer through a London Parish. It damaged houses and killed 9 people.

Ancient Vikings once thought that a gargantuan goat with udders that give an endless supply of beer was waiting for them in heaven called Valhalla.

Pilgrims on the Mayflower stopped at Plymouth Rock instead of continuing on to Virginia for their beer has ran out.

How Beer is made :

First, Malted Barley is aggregated with hot water, creating a mushy oatmeal-like substance called mash. Next, wort (a sugary liquid and is pronounced as wert) is drained off.

Hops come after that then boiled with wort to add bitterness, flavor, and aroma. Hops came from a flower of a vine that belongs to the marijuana family.

Next, Yeast is mixed with the hopped wort and left to ferment. The yeast converts sugar into ethanol (Ethanol is what gets you drunk. Not everyone likes being drunk) and CO2 (CO2 adds bubbles to the beer. Everyone likes bubbles).

Most beer falls into two categories :

1. Ales.
-Once the yeast sours at heat and stays at the surface, it produces ale.
-Super toasty yeast sits at the top.
-Some of the popular ales are Stout, Hefeweizen, Pale Ale, Blonde, IPA, Belgian Ale, Porter and Amber.

2. Lagers.
-Once it ferments at a low temperature and does not float at the surface, it produces a lager.
-Not-so-toasty yeast floats around.
-Some of the common lagers are Pilsner, Marzen, Doppelbok, Helles, Bock, and Dunkel.

Lastly, it sits and ferments for a few weeks until its put into a bottle keg, or water balloon and voila! A beer is born!.

You can categorize beer in many ways : flavor, aroma, and alcohol content. One way is mouthfeel (how it feels in your mouth).

Beers and breweries all over the planet are named in honor of King Gambrinus, also referred as the patron saint of brewers. In fact, Gambrinus was not a king or a saint. The name is a corruption of Jan Primus, a medieval German duke who was inducted as a member of the Cologne brewers' guild in 1288.

For the most individual beer brands, Belgium has 400.

The fear of an empty glass is Cenosillicaphobia.

The McMurdo Research Station, a scientific research laboratory in Antarctica has three bars, though only one, Gallaghers Pub, serves beer year round. In December, as new supplies will enter, old or spoiled beer is destroyed by driving nails into the cans. They even started competitions to see who the best nail-driver is!.

The oldest recorded written recipe is for beer.

After water and tea, beer is the most consumed beverage in the world.

Before thermometers were invented, brewers would dip their thumb or finger into the mix to measure the right temperature for adding yeast. If it is too cold, the yeast would not grow. And if too hot, the yeast would die. This old method is where we get the phrase rule of thumb .

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