10 amazing facts about beer

Here are some beer facts you might not know.

Very popular

Beer is by far the most popular alcoholic drink in the world. In 2016, people consumed nearly 50 billion gallons of beer worldwide.

 

Beer house

In 1963, Heineken developed beer bottles that could double as glass bricks to build houses. The goal was to eliminate waste and provide a cheap building material for low-income areas.

 

Monks and priest

Catholic priests and monks took up the art of brewing in the early Middle Ages, and many European breweries today have grown out of this monastic tradition.

 

Strongest beer ever

The strongest beer in the world is called Snake Venom, brewed by Scottish brewery Brewmeister. It is 67.5% alcohol by volume. For comparison, most vodka contains 40%, with beers typically between 3% and 10%. So 67.5% is quite a lot of alcohol.

 

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest, it’s held annually in Munich, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year.

 

The first beer ever?

The earliest evidence of beer making was found in western Iran, dating back to 3,500 BC.

 

Consuming

Beer is by far the most popular alcoholic drink in the world. In 2016, people consumed nearly 50 billion gallons of beer worldwide.

 

The name

The word beer comes from the Old English word bēor,  Many other theories have been provided connecting the word with Old English bēow, “barley”, or Latin bibere, “to drink”.

 

Measurement

Beer is measured and assessed by bitterness, by strength and by colour. The bitterness is measured by the International Bitterness Unit scale.

 

Make it yourself

The process of making beer is known as brewing. A dedicated building for the making of beer is called a brewery, though beer can be made in the home and has been for much of its history. The purpose of brewing is to convert the starch source into a sugary liquid called wort and to convert the wort into the alcoholic drink known as beer in a fermentation process effected by yeast.

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