Some beer-related facts…

  • A labeorphile is a person who collects beer bottles

    Beer is the second most popular beverage in the world, coming in behind tea

    To get rid of the foam at the top of beer (the head), stick your fingers in it

    To keep your beer glass or mug from sticking to your bar napkin, sprinkle a little salt on the napkin before you set your glass down

    Tossing salted peanuts in a glass of beer makes the peanuts dance 

    Beer is a source of B- complex vitamins In ancient times, monks who fasted or abstained from solid food subsisted on beer

    Beer wasn’t sold in bottles until 1850. Beer lovers would visit their local tavern with a special bucket, have it filled and then begin the merry journey home

    A beer a day… Beer was used to treat over 100 illnesses in Egypt, 1600 BC

    It was customary in the 13th century to baptize children with beer

    Beer was often served for breakfast in medieval England

    Supposedly the oldest known written recipe is for beer

    Beer was the reason the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. It's clear from the Mayflower's log that the crew didn't want to waste beer looking for a better site. The log goes on to state that the passengers "were hasted ashore and made to drink water that the seamen might have the more beer." On their arrival, the pilgrims immediately built a common house, which included a brewery!

    Pennsylvania has had more breweries in its history than any other state. In 1910 alone, 119 of the state's towns had at least one licensed beermaker.

    Bottle caps, or "crowns," were invented in Baltimore in 1892 by William Painter. Painter proved his invention's worth when he convinced a local brewer to ship a few hundred cases of beer to South America and back and they returned without a leak.

    In 1788, ale was proclaimed "the proper drink for Americans" at a parade in New York City.

    The United States two-dollar bill features three brewers: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams. In fact, George Washington installed a brewhouse on his grounds at Mount Vernon.

    The beer-drinkingest day in America isn't Super Bowl Sunday but...the Fourth of July.

    George Washington loved London porter, a forerunner to stout, and led one of the first-ever "buy-American" campaigns in an effort to get citizens of the new nation to start drinking American-made porter instead of the British variety.

    The first six-pack of beer was produced by the Pabst Brewery in the 1940s. The brewery conducted numerous studies, which found six cans were the ideal weight for the average housewife to carry home from the store.

    The average American annually consumes 23.1 gallons of beer.