How much do you know about beer?
Beer is honoured all year round, but at this time of the year, it is also officially… celebrated. Starting off with Octoberfest in Germany, the world’s biggest beer festival that begins in late September and lasts until early October, similar but smaller festivals are held in countries across the globe, pubs put on their “party gear”, and beer lovers rush to catch happy hour after work.
This year’s Octoberfest may have been struck by the coronavirus pandemic, which saw it being cancelled, however, the first days of October are still dedicated to beer; a beverage that dates back to ancient times. But really, how much to do you know about beer?
- Its name originates from the Latin word “Bibere”, which means “I drink”.
- The first beer was brewed 9,000 years ago in Babylon.
- The Germans passed a law in 1516 on beer’s purity. More specifically, according to the law, Germans were only allowed to use barley malt, hops, yeast and water to brew beer.
- The Czech Republic is the country with the highest beer consumption. On average, a Czech person consumes around 150 litres of beer a year.
- There is actually a phobia related to beer and it is called Cenosillicaphobia. Have you ever suffered anxiety each time your beer was about to run out?
- The strongest beer in the world has 67.5% alcohol content by volume.
- Believe it or not, there is a beer that contains moondust. It is called Celest-jewel-ale and is brewed by Dogfish Head, which was provided with minerals and salts that were essentially residue from real lunar meteorites from the company that creates NASA’s spacesuits. According to the company, these salts help the fermentation process.
- There are swimming pools in Austria that are filled with beer instead of water. If you like the idea of swimming in beer, check out the Starkenberger brewery in the town Tarrenz.
- Frozen glasses may keep the beer cold, but in essence, they alter its flavour, as they make its aromas fade.