12 Nov Flaherty’s Fun Facts about Beer
Flaherty’s Fun Facts about Beer
Well, you should be over your Oktoberfest hangover by now and ready to get back to the stein. Time to read Flaherty’s Fun Facts about Beer. At Flaherty’s we have a fabulous range of draught and bottled beers to tempt you off your high horse, and get you drunk again.
If you are coming along with friends, why don’t you try out our famous Beer Tower? 1 metre high, 3.5 litres of the beer of your choice delivered to your table so you can serve yourself. (inbound link to Beer Tower page on site)
To help you get even more in the mood, here are Flaherty’s top ten facts about beer
- Beer has been with us since the dawn of human civilisation, and the earliest written recipe was found in Mesopotamia in a hymn dedicated to Ninkasi, the Sumerian goddess of beer. A lot of the beers in the ancient world were medicinal, made with various herbs, mandrake roots and even olive oil. Made with boiled fresh water, beer was also the safe alternative to drinking plain water.
- The study of beer and beer making is called zythology.
- The Ancient Egyptian’s economy was founded on bread and beer, proving again that man cannot live on bread alone; yet it was the women who held the elevated position of brewers.
- The oldest brewery in the world is in Bavaria. The Weihenstephan Brewery was linked to the local Benedictine monastery as early as 738 BC and moved its operations to a stand-alone brewery in 1040, which is still in operation today.
- Belgium produces the most brands of beer and lays claim to the most expensive beer in the world. Vielle Bon Secours on draught costs around 35€ a pint, and a bottle found in the cellar of a London restaurant was valued at £700. Scotland claims the most alcoholic beer in the world with Brewmeister’s Snake Venom, which has an ABV of 67.5%. To help put that in context, vodka has an ABV of only 40%!
- During the 17th century the monks of the Paulaner monastery near Munich embarked on their fast for lent, consuming only water and wait for it…yup, beer. Check out this blog for a detailed diary of a chap who tried the same diet for 46 days, and then try a pint or two for yourself at Flaherty’s with our draught Paulaner. (Outbound link to blog)
- Beer is the third most popularly consumed liquid after water and tea, and in 2017 the global market was worth just under $600 million. The Czech Republic hold the title for the most beer drank per capita, (143 litres per person), and China now has four beers in the top ten market sellers.
- Don’t ask us to show the math, but calculations estimate that around 163,000 pints of Guinness are wasted every year due to drips wiped off moustaches. We do hope you are still growing your moustache for Movember! (Inbound link to previous post)
- The Halve Maan brewery in Bruges installed a two-mile long pipeline under the city to transport its beer from the brewery to the bottling plant. Bruges is a well-preserved historic medieval city, and the pipeline was a social proposal with the aim of reducing the carbon impact and noise of tankers daily crossing the narrow streets of the city.
- Finland is home to the World Championships of Wife Carrying. Contestants carry their wives over their shoulders around an obstacle course, and the couple with the shortest time are the winners. The prize? The equivalent of the wife’s weight in beer.
And lastly, cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass. But don’t worry, our staff at Flaherty’s Barcelona are well trained to spot your fear and fill you up. Don’t forget to share these top ten facts about beer! Your friends need it!
We’ll see you soon!