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Old 05-28-2007, 01:01 AM   #1
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I stumbled upon this and am not entirely sure of its accuracy...

Anything popular develops a history of facts, trivia and folklore, and beer is no exception. Over the years beer has had many "firsts", and has inspired an equal number of tall tales. So what is fact and what is fiction? Here's a few nuggets from the vault on the history and trivia of beer:

The first consumer protection law ever written was enacted over beer by Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria in 1516. It was a purity law limiting the ingredients of beer to barley, hops and water.

Tegestology is what collecting beer mats is called.

Beer is the second most popular beverage in the world, coming in behind tea.

Pabst Beer is now called Pabst Blue Ribbon beer because it was the first beer to win a blue ribbon at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.

To get rid of the foam at the top of beer (the head), stick your fingers in it.
Monks brewing beer in the Middle Ages were allowed to drink five quarts of beer a day.

Bavaria still defines beer as a staple food.

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 oldest known written recipe is for beer.

The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock because of beer. They had planned to sail further south to a warm climate, but had run out of beer on the journey.

Anheuser-Busch is the largest brewery in the US.

The longest bar in the world is the 684 foot long New Bulldog in Rock Island, IL.

The powers that be at Guinness say that a pint of beer is lifted about ten times, and each time about 0.56 ml is lost in a beer drinker's facial hair. That's a lot of wasted beer!

As of 2001, 62% of Americans reported using a designated driver at least once.
Molson, Inc. is the oldest brewery in North America.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was elected in 1932 because of his promise to end Prohibition.

The first United States Marine Recruiting Station was in a bar.

The first brewery in America was built in Hoboken, NJ in 1642.

In 1935 the canned beer industry was revolutionized by a vinyl plastic liner developed for cans made out of tin.

The movie The Shawshank Redemption got their period beer containers wrong. The prisoners on the roof drank beer out of bottles in the 1930s, when beer was canned until many years later.

Tossing salted peanuts in a glass of beer makes the peanuts dance.

Samuel Adams Triple Bock is the strongest beer in the world with 17% alcohol by volume. The strength is achieved by using champagne yeast.

In Japan, beer is sold in vending machines, by street vendors and in the train stations.

Bourbon is the official alcohol of the United States, by an act of Congress. Many people have attempted to have that overturned in favor of beer instead throughout the years.

Many actors started out as bartenders: Sandra Bullock, Bruce Willis, Tom Arnold, Chevy Chase, Kris Kristofferson and Bill Cosby are a few of these.

American beer is made mostly by rice, unlike the beers of other countries. This was invented to give American beer a lighter taste and tap into the market of women buyers.

Michelob was invented during a brewer's strike in the 1930s from a recipe tossed together by the untrained workers left behind to run the brewery. It was so bad local taverns tossed their delivered barrels in the gutter until the streets ran with beer. When the strike was over, the brewery didn't want to lose all that beer, no matter how bad, so they repackaged it and sold it as Michelob.

Beer is a source of B- complex vitamins.

If you collect beer bottles your are a labeorphilist.

The portable beer cooler was invented in Australia in the 1950s.

The 33' on a bottle of Rolling Rock was originally a printer's error. It refers to the 33 words in the original slogan. It has generated enough mystery over the years that the company left it in the label.
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Old 05-28-2007, 01:46 AM   #2
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the one about Michelob sounds about right....

 
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Old 05-28-2007, 02:03 AM   #3
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I thnk a couple of those "facts" are wrong:

In the Shawshank Redemption...they drank out of bottles, not cans.

The first consumer protection laws were writting by the Sumerians. The Reinheitsgebot is a "Purity Law" concerning the ingredients.

A monks daily ration of 5 liters of beer per day was only during Lent because of fasting (food, not liquids), but I like how you think.

Sam Adams "Utopia" is the strongest beer at 25%.

AB uses approxinmately 30% rice (Budweiser) in their recipe, not because of women, but economics...rice and corn (Miller) are cheaper than barley and wheat. Using less and less of the best stuff made it palatable for women.

I'm sure a couple more are "stretched"...
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Old 05-28-2007, 02:22 AM   #4
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Another wrong fact: Pabst Blue Ribbon was originally called Pabst Premium. It was sold with a real blue ribbon around the neck of the bottle to celebrate winning that award. People use to say "I'll take the blue ribbon beer." instead of a Pabst premium and since it was called it for a long time they switched the name.
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Old 05-28-2007, 02:31 AM   #5
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Isn't it just PBR now?
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Old 05-28-2007, 02:37 AM   #6
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Michelob was invented during a brewer's strike in the 1930s from a recipe tossed together by the untrained workers left behind to run the brewery. It was so bad local taverns tossed their delivered barrels in the gutter until the streets ran with beer. When the strike was over, the brewery didn't want to lose all that beer, no matter how bad, so they repackaged it and sold it as Michelob.
Wasn't prohibition in effect in the 30's? It's pretty easy to go on strike when you're unemployed. No so easy to negotiate an end to the strike.
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Old 05-29-2007, 01:28 AM   #7
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Pabst Beer is now called Pabst Blue Ribbon beer because it was the first beer to win a blue ribbon at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.
Thats quite the feat. One award over 100 years ago and they have been milking it ever since.

That is like the aunt I have who won a March Madness pool about 30 years ago and still claims to be an expert in them.

PBR is my father's favorite beer. Or one of them. We went to a bar in Hawaii, and after drinking him out of the few local beers they had, my dad asked if they had PBR. The bartender said he didn't think they still made it.

 
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i saw an ad for PBR at a brewpub, Triple Rock, in Berkeley. They have tons of old signs and things, even one from my hometown's old brewery, Sioux City Brewing Co.

The PBR sign said it was a blend of 33 different beers. Not sure what they were trying to claim there exactly...
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Old 06-01-2007, 12:42 AM   #9
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The one about beer in vending machines in japan is absolutely true. I have seen them, I even took pictures....
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The one about beer in vending machines in japan is absolutely true. I have seen them, I even took pictures....
They're not new. We had them in the barracks in the 70's when I was in the Army...
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