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23 Interesting Facts About Beer!

97.7 HTZ-FM is proud to sponsor the Niagara Craft Beer Festival at Montebello Park in St. Catharines this weekend!

What a weekend it will be, Craft Beer from over 20 different brewers will be on site showing off their best creations, everything from chocolate red ales to bourbon infused black lagers, to your traditional pilsners. Plus there will be over 20 Food Trucks and Local Restaurants at the park to make sure you fill your belly with more than just beer.

There will also be live music all weekend long.

Friday August 22nd: USS

Saturday August 23rd: The Trews

Sunday August 24th: Heads Up Lincoln

For information and how to buy tickets....check out www.niagaracraftbeerfestival.ca 

To get you excited for the weekend, here is 23 Interesting Facts About Beer! (Courtesy of Ebaumsworld) 

 American president George Washington had his own brew house on the grounds of Mount Vernon.

Amsterdam pays alcoholics in beer. For cleaning the city streets, local alcoholics get 10 Euros, half a packet of rolling tobacco and 5 beers as payment by a government-funded organization.

 

Ancient Babylonians were so serious about brewing beer that if anyone brewed a bad batch, they would drown him in it as a punishment.

 

At any given time, 0.7 of the world population is drunk. It means 50 million people are drunk right now. Beer is obviously the main contributor to the drunkenness.

 

Beer and marijuana have more in common than you would think. Beer's hops are in the same family of flowering plants as marijuana.

 

Beer commercials in the US aren't really allowed to show people actually drinking the beer. It's a US law that people cannot actually be shown consuming an alcoholic beverage on television.

 

Beer is one of the world's oldest prepared beverages, possibly dating back to the early Neolithic or 9500 BC

 

Beer prevents kidney stones. A study published in American Journal of Epidemiology estimated that a bottle of beer consumed every day reduces the risk by 40.

 

Beer strengthens bones. It is rich in silicon that increases calcium deposits and minerals for bone tissue.

 

The study of beer and beer-making even has an official scientific name zythology. It derives from the Greek words zythos beer and logos study.

 

Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass. Terrifying phobia indeed.

 

In 1814, almost 400,000 gallons of beer flooded several streets in London after a huge vat ruptured in the parish of St. Giles.

 

Nowadays, there are about 400 types of beer in the world. Belgium is the country that has the most individual beer brands.

 

Old Vikings believed that in their heaven called Valhalla, there is a giant goat whose udders provided unlimited supply of beer.

 

Stanford researchers found that beer bubbles create a gravity-defying loop. Bubbles head up in the center where frictional drag from the glass is less and down on the outside as the top gets crowded.

 

Steven Petrosino of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania downed 1 liter of beer or 33 ounces in a chilly 1.3 seconds in 1977 which made him a World Beer Chugging Champion according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

 

The Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids under the influence. According to Patrick McGovern, an archaeologist from the University of Pennsylvania, workers at Giza received about four liters of beer a day.

 

The first professional brewers were all women called brewsters. The women had to be very beautiful to be able to become brewsters.

 

The foamy head is a very important part of the beer. It is formed by a complex carbon-dioxide reaction and can say a lot about the quality of the beer. If the head is missing, it can mean that your beer is flat .

 

The oldest drinkable beer in the world was found in 2010, in an early 19th-century shipwreck discovered near Finland. The beer was preserved in bottles by the cold abyss and it tasted very old and burnt

 

The worlds most expensive beer is Belgian's Vielle Bon Secours. One bottle costs around 1000 American dollars.

 

The worlds strongest beer is Brewmeisters Snake Venom. While regular beer usually have about 5 ABV, this Scottish killer has a stomach-burning 67.5 ABV.

 

The world's largest beer festival is Oktoberfest. Held annually in Munich, Germany, it is a 16-day funfair running from late September to the first weekend in October.

 

See yeah this weekend! Cheers!

- Jesse Modz

 

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