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The current craft beer 'craze' can be traced to the opening of the Anchor Steam Brewery in San Francisco in 1971.


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Beer Fun Facts

  • One of George Washington's first acts as Commander of the Continental Army was to insist that every one of his troops would receive a quart of beer with his daily rations.
  • The oldest known written recipe is for beer.
  • The current craft beer 'craze' can be traced to the opening of the Anchor Steam Brewery in San Francisco in 1971.
  • According to the Brewers Association, as of 2009, there were nearly 1,600 domestic breweries in the US - the most since before Prohibition.
  • To keep your beer glass or mug from sticking to your bar napkin, sprinkle a little salt on the napkin before you set your glass down.
  • The original Coors Brewery, opened in 1872 in Golden, CO, is the largest brewing facility in the world.
  • In their efforts to regulate beer quality, the ancient Babylonians, who were among history's earliest brewers, decreed that any coommercial beermaker who sold unfit beer would be drowned by his/her own libation.
  • According to a diary entry from a passenger on the Mayflower, the pilgrims made their landing at Plymouth Rock, rather than cntinue to their destination in Virgnia, due to lack of beer.
  • Harvard's first schoolmaster was 'dismissed' in disgrace for failing to supply the students with enough beer.
  • In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in 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".
  • Prohibition, which lasted from 1920 to 1933, was the only amendment to the Constitution that was later repealed.
  • Despite the month implied by its name, Munich's annual 16-day Oktoberfest actually begins in mid-September and ends on the first Sunday in October.
  • A beer is NOT just a beer. All told there are 27 different styles of beer, with a further breakdown of 49 substyles.



    Useless Beer Facts compiled by Mark Oddo. Thank you Mark!

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