Unlike wines, most beers should be stored upright to minimize oxidation and metal or plastic contamination from the cap. High-alcohol ales, however, which continue to ferment in their corked bottles, should be stored on their sides.

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

Pennsylvania has had more breweries in its history than any other state.
In 1910 alone, 119 of the state's towns had at least one licensed beer maker.

Bottle caps, or "crowns," were invented in Baltimore in 1892 by William Painter.
Painter proved his invention's worth when he convinced a local brewer to ship a
few hundred cases of beer to South America and back and they returned without
a leak.

George Washington had his own brew house on the grounds of Mount Vernon.

George Washington's Beer Recipe

(Note: Following this recipe exactly will result in a beer with an alcohol content of about 11 percent -- making it at least twice as potent as most of today's commercially brewed domestic beers.)

To Make Small Beer:

Take a large siffer full of bran hops to your taste-boil these 3 hours. Then strain our 30 gall[o]n into a cooler put in 3 gall[o]n molasses while the beer is scalding hot or rather draw the molasses into the cooler. Strain the beer on it while boiling hot, let this stand till it is little more than blood warm. Then put in a quart of ye[a]st if the weather is very cold cover it over with a blank[et] let it work in the cask-Leave the bung open till it is almost done working-Bottle it that day week it was brewed."

The Budweiser Clydesdales weight up to 2,300 pounds and stand nearly 6 feet at the shoulder.

If The Mayflower Had Been Carrying More Beer, It Might Never Have Landed At Plymouth Rock When the Pilgrims sailed for America, they hoped to find a place to settle where the farmland would be rich and the climate congenial. Instead, they found themselves struggling with the stony soil and harsh winters of New England. And all because of a shortage of beer. An entry in the diary of a Mayflower passenger explains the unplanned landing at Plymouth Rock: "We could not now take time for further search...our victuals being much spent, especially our
beer..." That may have been the last time America's settlers ran
short of beer. They soon learned from their Indian neighbors how to make beer from maize. Local breweries sprouted up throughout the colonies, and experienced brew masters were eagerly recruited from London. By 1770 the American brewing industry was so well established that George Washington, Patrick Henry, and other patriots argued for a boycott of English beer imports. The Boston Tea Party almost became the Boston Beer Party.

 

When archaeologists discovered a four-thousand-year old Mesopotamian clay tablet, they were naturally curious to learn what it was all about. So a good deal of scholarly effort was put into the task of deciphering its cryptic markings.
As it turns out, the ancient Mesopotamian's were recording a recipe for beer. And not just any recipe, but a formula handed down from the god Enki himself.
This probably came as no surprise to the archaeologists, since the subject of beer pops up regularly in their work. Images of people brewing, storing, and drinking beer are found in ruined cities and forgotten tombs scattered throughout the ancient world.

The Babylonians made sixteen kinds of beer, using everything from white and black barley to wheat and honey. Beer was extolled in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, where the varieties listed include "beer of truth" and "beer of eternity."

It was the accepted practice in Babylonia 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the "honey month" or what we know today as the "honeymoon".

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's".

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle", is the phrase inspired by this practice.

The beer-drinkingest day in America is not the Super Bowl Sunday but...the Fourth of July.

The Brits in 1996 brewed a beer made from a recipe gleaned from the walls of the tomb of Egyptian boy king Tutankhamen and sold the first bottle at auction for $7,200—the highest price ever paid for a bottle of beer

Brewers, until Louis Pasteur definitively settled the question in 1876, made beer for thousands of years without a concrete knowledge of yeast and its role in fermentation. Until then the phenomenon that produced alcohol was known as “God is good.”

Anheuser-Busch uses rice in its Budweiser formula; with Bud Light the No. 1 selling beer in America and Bud No. 2, Anheuser-Busch consumes about 15% of the entire U.S. rice crop.

You think you’ve been in rough beer joints? In ancient Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq), tavern owners found guilty of overcharging patrons for beer were put to death by drowning.

A barrel is the standard way of measuring containers of beer in the United States.
Each barrel consists of 31 gallons. In 2000, 199,650,000 barrels of malt beverages were produced in the United States.
Kegs are most often shipped in one-half or one-quarter barrels.
The states leading in the removal of malt beverages in kegs from the brewery are California and Colorado.
In 1935, the first beer can was manufactured.
In 2000, an estimated 32,896,000,000 cans of beer were produced in the United States, dropping 1.4 percent from the total number of beer cans produced in 1990.
The per capita consumption of malt beverages in 2000 was 21.8 gallons.
In 1985, the per capita consumption was 23.7 gallons.
Production of malt beverages peak during the months of March to August, with May, June and July being the top three producing months.
The United States is home to more than 1,800 domestic brewers, more than seven times the number of brewers in business during 1990.
About 2,800 brands of malt beverages are currently produced in the United States, more than three times the number of brands the United States produced in 1990.
Of the top 13 malt beverage suppliers in the United States, six are either import companies or American affiliates of brewers in countries outside the United States.
Nearly 100 nations receive products exported by American brewers.
U.S. and international brewers are responsible for directly and indirectly employing about 2.5 million Americans.
These 2.5 million employees earn a combined $60 billion in benefits and wages.
Brewing industry members pay $14 billion in taxes each year.

THE BEER PRAYER

Our Lager, which art in barrels, hallowed be thy drink,
Thy will be drunk, (I will be drunk?), at home as in the tavern.
Give us this day our foamy head, and forgive us our spillages,
As we forgive those who spill against us,
And lead us not to incarceration, but deliver us from hangovers,
For thine is the Beer, the Bitter and the Lager,
Forever and ever. Barmen.

 

History ---Beer has always been a popular beverage because it does not deteriorate during long periods of storage and is adaptable to all climates. With various names and in many forms it has been produced from the earliest times. It was made in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece. At first brewed in the home or in monasteries, beer had become a commercial product in Europe by the late Middle Ages. In modern times it is a staple large-scale manufacture in almost all industrialized countries, especially in Great Britain, Germany, the Czech Republic, and the United States.

In the New World, the art of brewing was practiced by the Native Americans before the arrival of Christopher Columbus. The first Europeans to brew beer in America were the Virginia colonists of 1587. Manufacture of beer was encouraged in early colonial laws in America as a means of reducing the consumption of stronger alcoholic beverages. This traditional policy was generally followed in the laws of the various states and the federal government until World War I. Under wartime restrictions the brewing of beer was first limited and then prohibited. Beer containing more than 0.5 percent alcohol was included in the prohibition of intoxicating beverages by legislation under the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Congress legalized beer containing 3.5 percent alcohol in March 1933, and eight months later the Prohibition amendment was repealed by the 21st Amendment.


BEER TROUBLESHOOTING

 

SYMPTOM: Feet cold and wet.
FAULT: Glass being held at incorrect angle.
ACTION: Rotate glass so that open end points toward ceiling.

SYMPTOM: Feet warm and wet.
FAULT: Improper bladder control.
ACTION: Stand next to nearest dog, complain about house training.

SYMPTOM: Beer unusually pale and tasteless.
FAULT: Glass empty.
ACTION: Get someone to buy you another beer.

SYMPTOM: Opposite wall covered with fluorescent lights.
FAULT: You have fallen over backward.
ACTION: Have yourself leashed to bar.

SYMPTOM: Mouth contains cigarette butts.
FAULT: You have fallen forward.
ACTION: See above.

SYMPTOM: Beer tasteless, front of your shirt is wet.
FAULT: Mouth not open, or glass applied to wrong part of face.
ACTION: Retire to restroom, practice in mirror.

SYMPTOM: Floor blurred.
FAULT: You are looking through bottom of empty glass.
ACTION: Get someone to buy you another beer.

SYMPTOM: Floor moving.
FAULT: You are being carried out.
ACTION: Find out if you are being taken to another bar.

SYMPTOM: Room seems unusually dark.
FAULT: Bar has closed.
ACTION: Confirm home address with bartender.

SYMPTOM: Taxi suddenly takes on colorful aspect and textures.
FAULT: Beer consumption has exceeded personal limitations.
ACTION: Cover mouth.

SYMPTOM: Everyone looks up to you and smiles.
FAULT: You are dancing on the table.
ACTION: Fall on somebody cushy-looking.

SYMPTOM: Beer is crystal-clear.
FAULT: It's water. Somebody is trying to sober you up.
ACTION: Punch him.

SYMPTOM: Hands hurt, nose hurts, mind unusually clear.
FAULT: You have been in a fight.
ACTION: Apologize to everyone you see, just in case it was them.

SYMPTOM: Don't recognize anyone, don't recognize the room you're in.
FAULT: You've wandered into the wrong party.
ACTION: See if they have free beer.

SYMPTOM: Your singing sounds distorted.
FAULT: The beer is too weak.
ACTION: Have more beer until your voice improves.

SYMPTOM: Don't remember the words to the song.
FAULT: Beer is just right.
ACTION: Play air guitar.



I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.
Abraham Lincoln

24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?
Stephen Wright

One of the hallmarks of the baby boomer generation is that it doesn't live like the previous generation. It hasn't yet given up jeans and T-shirts or beer.
Ron Klugman, SVP, Coors Brewing


Benjamin Franklin: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

The roots and herbs beaten and put into new ale or beer and daily drunk, cleareth, strengthen and quicken the sight of the eyes.
Nicholas Culpeper

Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.
Dave Barry

[I recommend]...bread, meat, vegetables and beer.
Sophocles' philosophy of a moderate diet

Alright brain, I don't like you and you don't like me, so just get me through this exam so I can go back to killing you slowly with beer.
Homer Simpson

Oh, lager beer! It makes good cheer, And proves the poor man's worth; It cools the body through and through, and regulates the health.
Anonymous

Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."
Jack Handy

Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.
Dave Barry

I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety.
Shakespeare, Henry V

Remember "I" before "E", except in Budweiser.

To some it's a six-pack, to me it's a Support Group. Salvation in a can!

And saving the best for last, as explained by Cliff Clavin, of Cheers. One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm. Here's how it went:

"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."