Beer is by far one of the most popular and widely consumed drinks in the world. But what do we really know about the golden beverage? Read more to learn about the world’s oldest alcohol.
1. A beer wave of 388,000 gallons flooded London in 1814 after a huge vat erupted.
2. Amsterdam pays alcoholics beer to clean streets: 5 cans of beer, €10, and a pack of cigarettes for a day’s work.
3. At any given time 0.7% of the world’s population is drunk, so there are approximately 50 million people drunk right now.
4. At the Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland, the first prize is the wife’s weight in beer.
5. Light is what makes beer go bad.
6. Beer is claimed to help prevent cardiac disease and cognitive decline.
7. Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.
8. Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.
9. Until the 1970’s table beer was served in school cafeterias in Belgium.
10. George Washington had his own brew house on the grounds of Mount Vernon.
11. The world’s longest hangover lasted 4 weeks after a Scotsman consumed 60 pints of beer.
12. Beer and marijuana are cousins. Beer’s hops are in the same family of flowering plants as marijuana.
13. There’s a beer in Africa brewed from bananas.
14. When scientist Niels Bohr won the Nobel Prize in 1922, the Carlsberg Brewery gave him a perpetual supply of beer piped into his house.
15. Egyptian pyramid workers were paid 1 gallon of beer per day.
16. More Guinness beer is drunk in Nigeria than Ireland.
17. In Argentina, political parties have their own brands of beer.
18. Norway’s first aircraft hijacking was resolved after the hijacker surrendered his weapon in exchange for more beer.
19. The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew Temple in Thailand was constructed with 1 million of Heineken and a local beer.
20. The oldest known recipe for beer is over 4,000 years old, made by Sumerians.
21. The strongest beer in the world has a 67.5% alcohol content.