1 March 2016

The 7 Best Beer Facts We’ve Ever Heard

“Beer is proof that God loves us.” -Ben Franklin

We might be a little biased, but if you ask us, beer is the world’s greatest invention. It brings people together. It relieves stress. It makes food taste better—bacon jam in particular. So today, we feel like celebrating beer just because we can. We’ve heard a ton of awesome beer facts over the years. Here are our ten favorites.

And that Franklin quote? A great line from a great man. But it’s a beer quote, not a beer fact. So his seven-word truthbomb is ineligible. Let’s get to it.

 

7. Meet the mayor of Lajitas, Texas

In the 1980s, the mayor of Lajitas was a beer-drinking goat named Clay Henry III.

 

6. The birth of the IPA

When the Brits tried to send their brews to India via boat, the beer went bad before arriving, mostly because it was really friggin’ far. So brewers added more alcohol and hops, which preserved it—and also birthed a powerful new beer: the India Pale Ale.

 

5. Wow, the forefathers really loved beer

Thomas Jefferson wrote parts of the Declaration of Independence in a Philadelphia tavern.

 

4. Wow, everyone really loved beer

Because it has just about every mineral humans need, beer was a cornerstone of diets in the Middle Ages. The vital nutrients in beer kept men, women and yes, children, alive.

 

3. Ever seen a beer ad on a tablet?

The very first one wasn’t on an iPad. It was on a clay tablet that dates back over 4,000 years.

 

2. Why are there so many drinking songs?

The first written recipes—created 5,000 years ago—are for making beer. The recipes took the form of songs.

 

1. If you endure a harsh winter…

…you might just love beer. The top five beer drinking states (per capita) are North Dakota, New Hampshire, Montana, South Dakota and Wisconsin.