Today is American Beer Day
October 27eit’s american beer day! Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the United States, where over 2,500 breweries produce over 6 billion gallons of beer per year! Breweries across the United States include well-known big brands, regional brands, and increasingly popular craft beers.
There are many varieties of beer, but the most popular is pale lager. Other common styles include IPA, porter, and stout. A funny fact is that Americans drink over 50 billion pints of beer each year – that would be enough to fill 1 in 25 residential inground pools in the United States!
Celebrate today by heading to a nearby bar or brewery and enjoy a great ice cold beer!
Fun facts about beer:
- The first references to beer date back to 6000 BC. The very first beer recipe is on a 4000-year-old Sumerian tablet containing the hymn to Ninkasi, a prayer to the goddess of brewing.
- It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4000 years ago that for a month after marriage, the father of the bride provided his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a beer made from honey, and because their calendar was based on the moon, this period was called the “honey month”, or what we now call the “honeymoon”.
- In 1116 BC, a Chinese imperial edict stated that heaven required people to drink beer.
- In medieval Europe, brewing and baking went hand in hand. Thus, women were the first European brewers and were often referred to as beer women.
- After consuming a bucket or two of vibrant beer they called aul, or ale, the Vikings fearlessly headed into battle, often without armor or even a shirt. In fact, “berserk” means “naked shirt” in Norse, and eventually took on the meaning of their savage battles. It had to be good things.
- The first consumer protection law ever written was enacted on beer by Duke William IV of Bavaria in 1516. It was a purity law limiting the ingredients of beer to barley, hops and water.
- According to a diary entry by a passenger on the Mayflower, the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, rather than continuing to their destination in Virginia, due to the lack of beer.
- Beer wasn’t sold in bottles until 1850. Beer lovers would go to their local tavern with a special bucket, get it refilled, and then begin the merry journey home.
- Most saloons were owned by breweries in the 1900s. Bartenders made between $ 10 and $ 15 a week, with Sundays generating the most business.
- The ban, which began on January 16, 1920, lasted 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, 17 hours and 32 and a half minutes (but who counts?) It was repealed on December 5, 1933, at 3 p.m. 32.. In fact, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was elected in 1932 because of his promise to end Prohibition.
- Before thermometers were invented, brewers dipped a thumb or finger into the mixture to find the right temperature to add yeast. Too cold, and the yeast would not grow. Too hot, and the yeast will die. That thumbs up is where the “golden rule” comes from.
- In English pubs beer is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to take care of their own pints and pints and settle down. This is where we get the phrase “pay attention to your P’s and Q’s”.
- President Lyndon B. Johnson, a scotch and soda enthusiast, would stick his empty glass out the window of his presidential limousine, signaling the rest of the procession that it was time to refuel.
- The United States Marine Corps has opened its first recruiting post in a bar, a tradition not seen in the 21st century.
- While bourbon is the official alcohol of the United States, by act of Congress. Many people have tried to reverse this in favor of beer over the years.
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