July 31st, 2017 | Updated on June 11th, 2023
International Beer Day celebrates the taste of beer and the achievement of beer brewers. Beer is an ancient alcoholic drink brewed mainly from malted barley, hops, yeast and water although it is possible to brew it from other grains such as maize, wheat and rice.
Records of beer date back to 4000 BC, making it one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world.
The three stated goals of the International Beer Day are to:
- Appreciate brewers and servers
- Enjoy the taste of all beers from around the world
- And to unite the world under the banner of beer.
Founded in 2007 by the Association of California Brewers, International Beer Day has become an international event that is observed in more than 50 countries worldwide. It is held annually on the first Friday of August.
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1. Beer is one of the world’s oldest beverage, with historical evidence tracing it back to 9500 BC in Egypt…. and soon became the local currency! Egyptian pyramid workers were paid with 4 liters of beer per day.
2. Pale lager comes from the German word lagern meaning “to store” as German brewers stored their beers in cool cellars during the warm summer months.
3. Although the beer industry is associated by many to a male environment, women killed it until recently. In Egypt, women brewed beer to give to Tjenenet, the goddess of both beer and childbirth. At that time beer was considered effeminate and was thus consumed by women whilst men preferred a glass of wine.
4. Beer also has its mythological God! Sabazios was cherished in the Balkan peninsula whilst Dyonisos personified wine. His name comes from sabaium, meaning beer.
5. In the Middle ages, beer was consumed more than water that was considered risky to drink. Nowadays, Germans consume over 160 liters a year and British 101 liters.
6. The strongest beer in the world is the British Snake Venom…. with a 67.5% alcohol content. Better sip this one slowly!
7. A beer wave of 1,470,000 liters flooded London in 1814 after a huge vat ruptured at the Meux and Company Brewery on Tottenham Court road. We can only imagine what the people did in the street…
8. The Czech Republic drinks the most beer of any nation in the world, followed by Austria and Germany.
9. Beer is the drink of choice for 44 percent of Americans.
10. First American President George Washington loved beer and had his own special recipe.
11. The Texas State Fair is famous for serving fried beer.
12. The oldest still-operating brewery in the United States is the Yuengling brewery in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
13. China and the U.S. are the top beer-producing countries.
14. Legend has it that about 0.7 percent of the world’s population is drunk at any given time.
15. The strongest beer in the world is called Snake Venom, with an alcohol by volume content of 67.5 percent.
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