6 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Beer

Canned beer made its first appearance on the shelves of American stores on this day in 1935, when the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company put 2,000 cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale up for sale in Richmond, Virginia. Here are 6 things you probably didn't know about beer...

 
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The First Recorded Beer Recipe is 3900 Years Old. Beer has been around for a very, very long time. The oldest surviving barley based beer recipe comes from Mesopotamia (ancient Iraq). A Sumerian poem honouring Ninkasi, the goddess of beer, describes a fermented beverage made from bread, honey fruit and botanicals. Some modern American breweries have tried their hand at replicating the mysterious brew to considerable success. By all accounts, it's delicious, and what other chance does one have to literally sample history.

Pyramid Builders Were Paid in Beer. Yep, that's right. Beer was both sustenance and salary for the workers of ancient Egypt.  Each worker was paid 1 gallon (3.7L) of beer a day, which sounds like a lot considering there was work to be done. But, the beer of the time was about 3 per cent alcohol with plenty of vitamins and minerals to keep the workers going.

 
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There's a Patron Saint of Beer. For a long time, people didn’t know that the bubonic plague was caused by a bacteria that lived in rodents, mainly rats, and the fleas that feed on them. They also didn’t know that boiling water killed that bacteria. Beer brewers, meanwhile, had been boiling their water as part of the brewing process.A monk named Arnold noticed the connection between beer and not getting the plague and ended up convincing people to drink beer instead of water, saving a lot of lives. So, he was made Saint Arnold, patron Saint of beer

The Earliest Brewers Were Women The discovery of the brewing process of beer has been traced back to the 6000 BC in Babylonia. Surprisingly all the brewers back then are known to have been women! Brewing beer was considered a noble task for women. Only women from elite backgrounds had the privilege to brew beer. Brewster is the term used for a women who brews beer. To top all the curiosity, there was a written law that prohibited men from selling or making beer! Talk about equality?

China Drinks A Lot of Beer. Data from a 2012 Kirin Beer University Report shows that the thirstiest country in the world, per capita, is… Czech Republic. The Czechs consume an average of 148.6 liters per year each, or about 418 12oz bottles per person. Not a bad session. The country that consumes the greatest volume of beer overall, is China. 44,201 KILOliters per year. That’s 44,201,000 liters, or just under 1.5 BILLION bottles of beer.

The World’s Most Expensive Beer Auctioned for $2,583 The most expensive beer ever sold at auction was a bottle of Cantillon Loerik, a gueuze that was only brewed once, in 1998, and is therefore extremely rare. It sold in April 2014 for $2,583.