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Cenosillicaphobia Is The Fear Of An Empty Beer Glass

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National Beer Day is observed annually on April 7th.  Celebrate with a pint of pale ale, lager, stout, wheat beer or pale ale.

  • One of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, beer possibly dates back to 9500 BC when cereal was first farmed.  It is recorded in the written history of ancient Iraq and ancient Egypt.
  • Beer is the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage.  Following water and tea, it is the third most popular drink overall.
  • In 2016, people consumed nearly 50 billion gallons of beer worldwide.
  • In 2017, the average U.S. citizen over 21 consumed 26.9 gallons of beer. However, the United States doesn’t even make the top 10 in terms of overall beer drinking.
  • The Czech Republic consumes the most beer per capita of any country in the world, and China consumes the most overall.
  • In 1983, there were 49 licensed breweries in the United States; by the end of 2017, there were 8,863
  • As of 2017, California had by far the most breweries in the United States, with 1,106. Washington is a distant second with 499.
  • An ancient Egyptian document lists 17 distinct types of beer, with names like “joy-bringer” and “heavenly.”
  • In ancient Mesopotamia, beer was associated with religion and ritual and was believed to have magical powers.
  • In Medieval Europe, Catholic monks would often undergo “beer fasts” during the forty days of Lent. They ate no food, getting calories only from beer, which they called “liquid bread.”
  • The strongest beer in the world is “Snake Venom,” brewed by Scottish brewery Brewmeister. It is 67.5% alcohol by volume (abv). For comparison, most vodka is 40% abv, with beers typically between 3% and 10% abv
  • The oldest continuously operating brewery in the world is located at Weihenstephan Abbey in Bavaria, Germany. The Benedictine monks at Weihenstephan began brewing beer in 1040 AD.
  • The Guinness Book of World Records was conceived of by Hugh Beaver, the Managing Director of the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, as a way to settle pub disputes.
  • The Babylonians about 3000 BC had up to 20 different types of beer. The early beer was cloudy and unfiltered and was usually drunk through a straw to avoid drinking the solids from the brew, which could be very bitter.
  • Nowadays, there are about 400 types of beer in the world. Belgium is the country that has the most individual beer brands.
  • George Washington had his own brew-house on the grounds of Mount Vernon.
  • A Beer Wave of 1.4 million liters (388,000 Gallons) flooded London in 1814 after a huge vat ruptured.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.
  • At any given time, 0.7% of the world is drunk. So 50 million people are drunk right now.
  • The world’s longest hangover lasted 4 weeks after a Scotsman consumed 60 pints of beer.
  • At the Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland, first prize is the wife’s weight in beer.
  • In the Land of the Pharaohs of Egypt, beer was the national currency.
  • In the 13th century, some people in Norway would baptizetheir children with beer.
  • In France, Germany, Austria, Spain and the Netherlands they serve beer in McDonald’s.
  • In 1956, the U.S. exploded atomic bombs near a few beers to see if they are safe to drink. They are indeed.
  • The Code of Hammurabi decreed that bartenders who watered down beer would be executed.
  • The builders of the Great Pyramid of Giza were paid with a daily ration of beer.
  • Fried beer won Most Creative Fried Food at the 2010 Texas State Fair.
  • The top five states for beer consumption per capita: 1. North Dakota, 2. New Hampshire, 3. Montana, 4. South Dakota, 5. Wisconsin.

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