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27 Surprising Facts About Beer

Do you ever fear having an empty beer glass? Well, there’s a name for that. Find out everything from why beers are kept in brown bottles to how much alcohol content is in the strongest beer in our roundup of surprising facts about beer.



The oldest beer advertisement was discovered on a clay tablet from 4,000 B.C.

Clay Tablet with Cuneiform Inscription
By: Ashley Van Haeften


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

Sumerian figurines
By: Duncan Hull


The first professional brewers were all women, and you had to be very pretty to become a Brewster.

German beer girl
By: MotorBlog


Those who worked on the Pyramids of Egypt were partially paid in beer. Workers at Giza received about 4 liters per day.

The Pyramids at Giza
By: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World


Babylonian King Hummurabi demanded that his countrymen have a daily ration of beer. Ancient Babylonians were the first to brew beer, but if anyone brewed a bad batch then they would be drowned in it for punishment.

ancient Babylonia ruins
By: Paul Stocker


Brown bottles help keep the beer fresh.

brown beer bottles
By: frankieleon


Obama is the first president in history to brew his own beer. He personally pays for the equipment and ingredients, and White House Honey Ale is brewed by White House chefs.

White House at blue hour
By: Tom Lohdan


In Great Britain alone, 93,000 liters of beer are rumored to be lost in facial hair each year.

brown haired man with sunglasses drinking beer


Beer contains almost all of the minerals we need to survive.

Pints of Beer
By: Simon Cocks


Beer strengthens bones due to its high level of silicon, which increases calcium deposits minerals for bone tissue.

man with hat and facial hair chugging beer
By: spablab


One bottle of beer creates protective levels of plasma antioxidants that can prevent heart disease.

bottle of Blue Moon beer on rock during sunset
By: Randy Heinitz


A beer wave of 388,000 gallons flooded London in 1814 after a huge vat ruptured.

gloomy sky over London
By: Stefano Montagner


Light is what makes beer go bad.

By: Piervincenzo Madeo


Beer and marijuana are related—beer hops come from the same flowering plant family as marijuana.

Cannabis sativa (marijuana plants)
By: James St. John


Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.

Empty Glass
By: Alex


The world’s longest hangover lasted 4 weeks after a Scotsman consumed 60 pints of beer.

pints of beer
By: Christian Benseler


The strongest beer in the world has 67.5% alcohol content.

Snake Venom worlds strongest beer
Image: Celebrity Chef


Amsterdam will pay alcoholics 5 cans of beer to clean the streets.

By: Moyan Brenn


Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2o13.

Kazan temple and Historical muzeum
By: Andrey


At the Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland, first prize is the wife’s weight in beer.

Wife Carrying Championships Finland
Image: Telegraph


There’s a beer brewed from bananas in Africa.

Tanzania banana beer
Image: Wikipedia


More Guinness beer is drunk in Nigeria than Ireland.

By: Nacho


In Argentina, political parties have their own brands of beer.

Argentina political beers
Image: Hostel Buenos Aires


Norway’s first aircraft hijacking was resolved after the hijacker surrendered his weapon in exchange for more beer.

Boeing 737
By: Paul Lucas


Fried beer won Most Creative Fried Food at the 2010 Texas State Fair.

basket of fried beer
Image: NY Daily News


Thomas Jefferson wrote parts of the Declaration of Independence in a Philadelphia tavern.

Declaration of Independence
By: John Lustig


At the start of Bavarian Beer Week in Germany, an open-air beer fountain dispenses free beer to the public.

Bavaria Beer Fountain
Image: Madiralekh

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