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20 Facts About Beer That you Probably Didn’t Know

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Sep 26, 2016 10:41:35 AM

This blog is in honour of “Drink a Beer Day”, which is September 28 and to commemorate Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival. So for those of you who enjoy a cold brew after a long day of drilling, here are 20 surprising and little known facts about beer.


  1. Light makes beer go bad. It is one of the reasons beer bottles were tinted.

  2. Beer hops are in the same family of flowering plants as marijuana.

  3. Beer can prevent kidney stones. A study by the American Journal of Epidemiology estimated that drinking a bottle of beer a day reduced the risk by 40%.

  4. There are more than 400 types of beer. Belgium has the most individual beer brands.

  5. During the Middle Ages, people drank beer more than water since the alcohol made it safer.

  6. Beer contains both protein and carbohydrates. More importantly, it is fat-free.


  1. In Finland, there is a World Wife-Carrying Championship where the first prize is the wife’s weight in beer.

  2. Always store your beer upright to avoid oxidization and contamination from the cap.

  3. The oldest known recipe for beer is over 4,000 years old.

  4. In Africa, you can find a beer brewed from bananas.

  5. Egyptian pyramid workers were paid one gallon of beer per day.

  6. More Guiness beer is consumed in Nigeria than in Ireland.

  7. Generally speaking, darker and bitter beers have a higher alcohol content.

  8. Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.


  1. The world’s strongest beer has a 67.5% alcohol content.

  2. Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russian until 2013.

  3. In Europe you can find “beer spas” where you can bathe in beer. It is supposed to provide therapeutic benefits.

  4. The first professional brewers were all women and they were called “brewsters”. It was considered a very noble and important task.

  5. A beer expert is known as a cerevisaphile.

  6. Until the 1970’s, beer was served in school cafeterias in Belgiuim.



So the next time you are sitting around after your shift and want to impress your fellow drillers, throw some of these beer facts at them. If you enjoyed this article, why not subscribe and get our weekly blog delivered right to you.

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