Beer is the most highly consumed of all of the alcoholic beverages, AND the 3rd most popular beverage following water and tea. Here at Lighthouse we take our beer knowledge pretty seriously…but the learning never ends! Here are some interesting and fun facts about beer that you may or may not already know:
- Beer is one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, dating back to as early as 9500 BC.
- The world’s strongest beer is Brewmeister’s “Snake Venom“. This Scottish killer has a 67.5% ABV…woah.
- Beer commercials in the US aren’t allowed to show people actually drinking the beer. It turns out this rule is made by most TV Networks, not the government or the FCC. Therefore, commercials centered around drinking will make the ad as conservative as possible to get the spot picked up by as many networks as they can.
- The most beer-drinking country in the world is the Czech Republic. With a per capita beer consumption of almost 40 gallons per person a year!
- Ancient Babylonians were so serious about brewing beer that if anyone brewed a bad batch, they would drown him in it as a punishment.
- The first professional brewers were all women called “brewsters”…who runs the world? GIRLS.
- The world’s largest beer festival is Oktoberfest. Held annually in Munich, Germany, it is a 16-days 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.
- The foamy head when pouring a beer is a very important part. 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 bland-tasting.
- Beer strengthens bones. It is rich in silicon that increases calcium deposits and minerals for bone tissue…so beer is good for you then, right?
- American president George Washington had his own brewhouse on the grounds of Mount Vernon.
- In 2011 President Obama bought a home brewing kit with his own personal funds. White house honey ale was the first beer to be brewed in the White house. You can find the recipe to this beer here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/09/01/ale-chief-white-house-beer-recipe
With the 14th Annual Lighthouse Beer and Wine festival steadily approaching, make sure you get your tickets now!! Bbring your newfound beer knowledge to the festival and show off to your friends while sippin on some tasty brews!