Have a beerilicious summer: quirky beer facts

  • Namya Sinha, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2014 16:11 IST

Move over the plain old pint of beer. Here are some zingy beer facts that will keep your summer blues at bay.

* The oldest known recipe of beer is more than 4000 years old. It was made by Sumerians, one of the earliest urban societies in the world in Southern Mesopotamia

* In the middle ages, beer was consumed more than water because of the ­distillation ­process that made it a much safer option

* A beer lover is called cerevisaphile It’s derived from the Latin name of the Roman Goddess of agriculture, Ceres, and vis, which means strength.

* A collector of beer bottles is called labeorphilist

* The first professional brewers were all women. They were called brewsters and the woman had to be very beautiful to be one

* The first beer bottle was sold in year 1850

* The first US President, George Washington, had his own Brewhouse on the grounds of Mount Vernon

* Snake Venom by a Scottish brewery boasts of being the strongest beer in the world with 67.5% ABV (alcohol by volume)

* In the year 1814 London was ­flooded with 1.4 mn liters of beer after a huge vat ruptured

* White House Honey Ale is the first beer known to have been brewed in the White House

* Workers in Egypt, who constructed the pyramids, were paid with beer

* Beer is legally defined as a staple food in Bavaria

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