11 Sep 10 facts about beer you hadn’t heard before
At All our Flaherty’s Irish Bars; Barcelona, Ibiza, Zaragoza we all claim to be beer lovers as we’re sure you do too. We all love getting the pints in, but how many curious beer facts do you know?
Today were going to reveal some interesting facts about our beloved beer that perhaps you would never have imagined.
Four very simple ingredients make up one amazing taste: Hops, yeast, malted barley and water, but that’s a pretty well-known fact, let’s crack on with the good ones:
(1) Amsterdam puts it’s alcoholic to work! Yes, it’s true, and they actually get paid in beer, among other things. For cleaning the streets local alcoholics get 10€, half a packet of rolling tobacco and 5 beers as payment by a government funded programme.
(2) We could say that beer is one of the most sacred antiquities known to man. Beer is in fact one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, said to date back to the early Neolithic or 9500BC.
(3) We are proud to present the killer beer! The world’s strongest beer is Brewmeister’s “Snake Venom”, while regular beer usually has about 5% ABV (alcohol by volume), this Scottish killer creation weighs in at 67.5 % ABV. The label on the bottle advises consumers to only treat themselves to one per sitting.
(4) The study of beer and beer-making actually has a really cool scientific name – Zythology. It derives from the Greek words “zythos” meaning beer and “logos” meaning study. So the next time you’re down the pub, say proudly and loudly: I’m a Zythologist.
(5) People nowadays have phobias of just about everything and anything you can think of, however this one is certainly up there as one of the most peculiar. Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass, yes, there’s a name for that! So next time you want to keep the pints rolling you merely have to tell your waiter you have cenosillicaphobia, you might have to explain what it is, but we can assure you your glass will never be empty.
(6) Vikings believed that a giant goat (heiðrún), whose udders provided an endless supply of beer, was waiting for them in Valhalla. Bet you suddenly wish you were a Viking, we sure do!
(7) Once upon a time there was a BEER TSUNAMI!! Ok, well not exactly a tsunami, but kind of! On the 17th of October 1814 London suffered a beer flood, a huge storage tank holding over 610,000 litres of beer ruptured, causing other tanks in the same building to break down in a domino effect. Resulting in more than 1,470,000 litres of beer bursting out of the building, gushing into the streets, causing a wave of beer which took out two houses and a pub wall.
(8) We all complain about hangovers, but when you hear the next fact your hangovers will seem like a walk in the park! The longest hangover on record was suffered by a 37yr old man from Glasgow, it lasted four weeks as a result of downing 60 pints!
(9) There are many strange races throughout the world, we’ve got cheese rolling and the beer mile and so on, but the Finnish have a very amusing race called wife-carrying. This race is simply an obstacle course and the winner is he who finishes the fastest, seems easy right? Well here’s the twist, all male participants must carry their wives on their backs! The prize for winning is none other than the wife’s weight in beer!
(10) Did you know that before 2011 Russia did not consider beer as an alcohol? Until then anything with an ABV lower than 10% was no considered an alcohol.
We’re pretty sure that after all these juicy facts about beer you’re probably craving one! So come on down to Flaherty’s Irish Bar, we’re waiting for you. At Flaherty’s Irish Bars; Barcelona, Ibiza and Zaragoza we have a large variety of beer on tap, so see you here for a few pints!