BEER LOVERS DAY

BEER LOVERS DAY Thursday, September 05, 2013

thumbnail beer!Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 7 is National Beer Lovers Day.

But isn’t everyday beer lovers day, really?

To help you celebrate—and to help you impress your friends—we trawled the Internet for interesting facts about the one drink that makes life taste better. Here’s what we found.

  • According to Babylonia’s CODE OF HAMMURABI, you social status determined the ration of beer of beer you would receive. Everybody got some. It was the law. But if you brewed a bad batch, you were punished. THE AUTHORITIES WOULD DROWN YOU, OFTEN IN YOUR OWN BREW.
  • Speaking of drowning in beer, be careful what you wish for when making jokes about that being the way to go. In 1814, more than 3,000 barrels of beer erupted at a brewhouse near a small London neighborhood. THE NEIGHBORHOOD WAS FLOODED AND NINE PEOPLE DIED.
  • Know why those Plymouth Rock pilgrims disembarked in what became Massachusetts rather that go on to what would become Virginia, as planned? YUP. THEY RAN OUTTA BEER.
  • Ever wondered why we use the phrase RULE OF THUMB? Before we had thermometers, brewers would dip their thumbs in their beer to determine a temperature safe enough to add their yeasts.
  • That glass of milk you serve your kids? It actually has MORE CALORIES THAN A 12-OUNCE BOTTLE OF LAGER.
  • Cenosillicaphobia is the FEAR OF AN EMPTY GLASS.
  • And according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, THE BRAND OF BEER YOU DRINK SAYS AT LEAST A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR POLITICAL PERSUASION. LIBERALS LIKE HEINEKEN (they would wouldn’t they?). CONSERVATIVES LIKE SAM ADAMS (of course they do!). But IF YOU DRINK BUD LIGHT OR HIGH LIFE, you have no real political allegiance. And YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO SAY HOME ON ELECTION DAY, too.

Special thanks to the always brilliant TheOatmeal.com, the resourceful BeerChurch.com and the fairly unscientific but still fun pollsters at the Daily Mail.