Beer Facts

  1. One beer a day may actually reduce your risk of heart attack, by increasing good cholesterol and even making the lining of blood vessels less likely to clot.

  2. At Oktoberfest those who over indulge in the strong Oktoberfest beer and pass out are called “Bierleichen” or “Beer Corpses” in German

  3. Anchor Brewing  has played a significant role in San Francisco's rich history. Anchor's ten unique beers, including Anchor Steam, are all produced in one of the most traditional and handsome breweries in the world.

  4. Asahi is Japanese for "Morning Sun" and a symbol of spirit, hope and inspiration.

  5. Blue Moon brews exclusive "Sandlot" beers for Denver's big league games. You can only get those special brews in the stands!

  6. The Brooklyn Brewery logo was created by Milton Glaser, who became famous for the I love New York campaign he created.

  7. Buffalo Bill Brewery in California is named for its founder, photojournalist and recipient of the Guggenheim fellowship (1976), Bill Owens.

  8. The original text of the Reinheitsgebot only had three ingredients: Barley, hops, and water. Yeast wasn't mentioned for another 35 years.

  9. Despite the month implied by its name, Munich's annual 16-day Oktoberfest actually begins in mid-September and ends on the first Sunday in October.

  10. When Arthur Guinness first leased the St. James Gate Brewery he signed a 9,000 year lease. The initial cost? The equivalent to $147. And the yearly rent? $66 Dollars.

  11. Hoegaarden beer came into being in 1445 when monks in this small village developed the original Hoegaarden recipe using then exotic ingredients such as coriander and orange peel.

  12. Hoegaarden is actually a small village in the province of Flemish Brabant.

  13. The Heineken A-yeast is top secret. Developed by H. Elion, this yeast has been accredited to Heineken's unique and much loved taste.

  14. Historians report that, during the first and second world wars, the occupying forces melted down most of the Leffe Abbey’s brewing kettles to make weapons and ammunition.

  15. The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company is the seventh-oldest brewery in the United States. The brewery was started in 1867 and the legacy continues today, more than 140 years and five generations later.

  16. Mike’s Hard Lemonade company believes that an adult beverage doesn’t need to take itself too seriously. Instead they have established that a great beverage doesn’t have to be complicated.

  17. Pyramid breweries is a combination of 5 different breweries on the West Coast of the U.S.

  18. All Smirnoff products have their own number. For instance Smirnoff Ice is #72, Smirnoff Ice Triple Black is #74, and #120 is Smirnoff Ice Spice which is only available in Japan.

  19. Thirsty Dog's Cerberus Belgian Tripel took it's name from a Greek and Roman mythological figure. Cerberus in these myths was a many-headed hound that guarded the gates of the underworld. A fierce contender in any myth, the biggest conflict over Cerberus is how many heads he possessed.

  20. Tsingtao Brewery was actually founded by Germans. Still Tsingtao is a truly Chinese beer and it's brewery is in fact the largest and most prestigious brewery in China.

  21. The original 1928 Red Stripe was an ale! The current Red Stripe lager recipe was created in 1938 by Paul H. Cotter and Bill Martindale.

  22. The Affligem Abbey was built in 1074 by six knights who wished to adopt the monastic life of the Benedictines. Beer was not brewed in the abbey until the French Revolution when lay (common folk) staff were paid to brew the ales. Eventually the monks of Affligem Abbey took over the brewing and made the small Flemish village of Opwijk famous for it's fantastic abbey ales.

  23. Harp's slogan "Harp stays sharp" was written by British advertising executive Rod Allen, nicknamed the "jingle king."

  24. The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that founder and brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father’s attic. After bringing the recipe to life in his kitchen, Jim brought it to bars in Boston with the belief that drinkers would appreciate a complex, full-flavored beer, brewed fresh in America.

  25. Bass' distinctive red triangle is the UK's first registered trademark.

  26. 'Pilsner’ became a generic term for any bottom-fermented beer, but the proud people of Pilsen would have none of that, and in 1898 they renamed their beloved beer Pilsner Urquell, meaning simply ‘The pilsner from the original source.'

  27. Pacifico was first brewed by three Germans who moved to Mexico.

  28. The Coors Light nickname the "Silver Bullet" stems from Coors Light's simple silver-tone can, and caught on when sales climbed.

  29. Miller Brewing Company fermented and matured beer in caves with blocks of ice until 1892 when they switched to commercial refrigeration

  30. Miller Lite was the United States first nationally distributed light beer.

  31. During Prohibition, Coors Brewing Company adapted and produced non-alcoholic drinks like malted milk.

  32. Miller Lite has won four gold medals in the World Beer Cup for best American-Style Lager.

  33. Miller Lite has only 96 calories, and Miller Genuine Draft Light has only 64.

  34. Coors Banquet beer was created in 1874 by Adolph Coors. Legend has it that in the late 1800's miners threw celebration banquets with Coors as the honorary beer because of it's superior craftsmanship, hence it's nickname "Banquet Beer."

  35. Molson Canadian has had it's label design changed at least 11 times.

  36. The originators of Moosehead Lager, Susannah Oland, her husband, and 9 employees named their first brewery "The Army and Navy Brewery" after their most appreciative customers.

  37. Peroni, an Italian beer is now owned by SABMiller and on their website, provide all kinds of interesting Peroni products.

  38. Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. Was originally Lutz Hardware store. Lutz was owned by the Kuhnhenn brothers and when a chain hardware store moved into town, the Kuhnhenn brothers chose not to compete and instead transformed their hardware into their very own, very successful, microbrewery!

  39. Twisted Tea's back labels are a part of their "Be a Little Twisted" photo galley, where consumers send in their "twisted" moments in hopes of making it to the back of the bottle. 

  40. Coors Light Super Cold Draft gives consumers beer that is 25% colder than a normal beer on draft.

  41. Gerard Heineken was 22 when he opened his first brewery.

  42. Modelo Especial is the #3 imported brand in the United States.

  43. Viru is packaged in a bottle that is reminiscent of the turrets that could be found in the Medieval era Estonia

  44. St. Martin Beers are still made from the recipes developed by the early monks which have been handed down to their master brewers

  45. President Obama is the first U.S. President to home-brew in the White House. He even offered his White House beer to his guests for the superbowl!

  46. Vikings believed that upon entry into heaven, Valhalla, a goat that produces mead uncomparable to all others is waiting for them

  47. The earliest record of beer is 7,000 years ago with the Sumerians. They later made a hymn to the goddess Ninkasi that was actually a recipe for beer!

  48. You can purchase special non-alcoholic, non-carbonated beers for your dog. Flavors include Chicken and Beef.

  49. You can buy caramels made from IPA's, lambics, stouts and lagers. They are covered in various kinds of chocolate and a perfect match to your favorite beers.

  50. Adults can attend beer "summer camps" where they learn about breweries, brewing and even get the chance to brew their own craft beer!

  51. Next to tea, beer is the second most well-liked beverage in the world, enjoyed by millions.

  52. The actors Bruce Willis, Bill Cosby, Sandra Bullock, Tom Arnold, and Chevy Chase are some of the stars that began their careers serving beer as bartenders. 

  53. The recipe for making beer is the oldest one ever to be written.

  54. The term “cerevisaphile” refers to anybody that enjoys beer.

  55. The expression “Rule of Thumb” actually came from brewers, who used to insert their thumb into the mix during the beer making process to find out when the temperature was just right for the yeast to be added.

  56. When on a Safari in Africa, President Theodore Roosevelt carried with him no less than 500 gallons of beer.

  57. Way back in the 1900’s, nearly all saloons were under the ownership of the brewery that made the beer served there, and the weekly earnings of the bartenders were $10-$15.

  58. If you collect beer bottles your are a labeorphilist.

  59. The portable beer cooler was invented in Australia in the 1950s.

  60. Beer (in part because it contains antimicrobial ethanol) was a healthier drink than the polluted Nile river water.

  61. In the 1980's, Anchor Brewing re-created these ancient Fertile Crescent suds.

  62. The oldest known recipe is for a 4,000-year-old beer made by the Sumerians.

  63. A beer expert is also known as a cerevisaphile - a word derived from the Latin name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, and vis, meaning strength.