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13 Beer Facts Worth Knowing
- You should always store bottled beer upright, not on its side. This minimizes oxidation and contamination from the cap.
- Bottled beer is pasteurized. Keg beer is not. That’s why it’s critical for kegs to stay cold (38°F). As the temperature rises, CO2 expands (causing foamy beer) and dormant bacteria may become active and ruin the keg.
- The type of water used for brewing makes a difference. The best ales are produced with hard water (with more natural salts like calcium) while soft water is better for lagers.
- Before the 1400s ales were flavored with herbs like rosemary and thyme. Hops were first introduced to preserve beer but are now a desirable flavor.
- Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch Golden Elixir is made from a 2,700-year-old beer recipe that was found in a royal tomb in Turkey. The tomb is believed to be the burial place of the legendary King Midas.
- In 1814 a brewery tank containing 3,500 barrels of beer ruptured in London causing a beer tidal wave that flooded the streets, demolished two houses and claimed the lives of 9 people.
- Pabst Brewery produced the first six-pack of beer in the 1940s. The brewery conducted numerous studies, which found six cans were the ideal weight for the average housewife to carry home from the store.
- Anheuser-Busch uses rice in its formula and the company alone consumes about 15% of the entire U.S. rice crop.
- Belgium wins the “country with the most individual beer brands” award with more than 400 brands and counting.
- The familiar Bass symbol, a red triangle, was registered in 1876 and is the world’s oldest trademark.
- Hops contain an herbal form of estrogen that is rumored to make men chesty (a syndrome known as “Brewer’s Droop”) and cause other male problems.
- The ’33′ on Rolling Rock bottles was originally a printer’s error. It refers to the 33 words in the original slogan. It has generated enough mystery over the years that the company decided to keep it.
- Guinness sells an average of 7 million glasses a day.