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20 Interesting Facts About Beer

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Image: The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple in Thailand, constructed with one million bottles of Heineken and local beer.
  1. Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass. 😱
  2. The strongest beer in the world has a 67.5% alcohol content. 💪
  3. Beer is the third-most popular drink on Earth, after water and tea.
  4. The earliest evidence of beer making was found in western Iran, dating back to 3,500 BC.
  5. In 1963, Heineken developed beer bottles that could double as glass bricks to build houses. The goal was to eliminate waste and provide a cheap building material for low-income areas. ♻️
  6. Aristotle claimed that drinkers of wine and other intoxicants fall in random directions, but beer drinkers always fall on their back.
  7. Stanford researchers found that beer bubbles create a gravity-defying loop. Bubbles head up in the centre where frictional drag from the glass is less and down on the outside as the top gets crowded. ⬆️⬇️
  8. Beer prevents kidney stones. A study published in American Journal of Epidemiology estimated that a bottle of beer consumed every day reduces the risk by 40%.
  9. Storing bottled beer upright minimises oxidation and contamination from the cap.
  10. The term “rule of thumb” originates from brewers who would stick their thumb into the mix to see when the temperature was right for adding the yeast. 👍👎
  11. Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.
  12. The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple in Thailand was constructed with 1 million bottles of Heineken and local beer. 🏛️
  13. In Argentina, political parties have their own brands of beer.
  14. In Austria, you can swim in pools of beer. 🏊
  15. Ale is the oldest type of beer and Lagers are the most commonly consumed beers around the world.
  16. The world’s most expensive beer is an extremely rare bottle, brewed specially for Sir Edward Belcher’s expedition to the Arctic in 1852 and sold in 2007 for over half a million dollars ($503,300). 🤑
  17. The health benefits of beer include anticancer properties, a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, increased bone density, the prevention of dementia and coronary disease, aid to the digestive system, and anti-ageing properties, as well as treating diabetes, gallstones, kidney stones, osteoporosis, and hypertension.
  18. The builders of the Great Pyramid of Giza were paid with a daily ration of beer.
  19. The study of beer and beer-making even has an official scientific name - zythology. It derives from the Greek words “zythos” (beer) and “logos” (study). 🎓
  20. Beer is the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage. 🍺 🌏

     

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