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  • Beer FactsA Brewpub: "A place that perfectly blends both malted barley and hops in such a way that it's aroma complements it's sweetness and bitterness. And when the spicy, fruity esters of yeast are added an alcoholic beverage is produced. A brew whose bouquet enchants your mind and a taste that tingles the tongue. And serves food too." - Bart J. Fellin
  • "THE PERFECT LIFE" – A clean warm beach, a hot woman, sweet crabs, a cold Guinness, and the money to enjoy it!! - Lenny Hoben
  • Belgium, a country about the size of Ohio, has about 100 breweries, offering over 500 different types of beer.
  • The oldest operating brewery in the United States, D.G. Yuengling & Sons of Pottsville, PA. has been owned and operated by the Yuengling family since 1829.
  • "Twas a woman who drove me to drink, and I never had the courtesy to thank her for it." - W.C. Fields
  • "I’m Allergic to grass. Hey, it could be worse. I could be allergic to beer." - Greg Norman - professional golfer
  • "Cerevisia malorum…divina medicina." (A little bit of beer is divine medicine.) - Paracelsus - 16th century physician
  • "Beer is an improvement on water itself." - Grant Johnson
  • "I’m a big fan of beer ads. They’re extremely clever and entertaining. I love the jingles. I could watch beer ads all night. Just don’t ask me to drink the beer." - Jim Koch
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  • "Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza." - Dave Barry
  • "The brewery is the best drugstore" - Old German folk wisdom
  • "I’d take three things to a desert island: my wife, some barley seeds, and lots of hop resins." - Fred Scheer - Frankenmuth Brewery
  • "Once you begin to learn about the nature of beer bubbles, you will never again look at a glass of beer in quite the same way." - Neil Shafer and Richard Zare - Stanford University Chemists
  • "Never wear button-fly jeans to a beer dinner." - The Malt Advocate - spring 1994
  • "I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I would like to be watching Heaven’s family drinking it through all eternity." -Medieval Irish Poem
  • "Thought of giving it all away, to a registered charity. All I need is a pint a day." - Paul McCartney
  • Once during the Prohibition I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water." - W.C. Fields
  • I decided to stop drinking with creeps. I decided to drink only with friends. I’ve lost 30 pounds." - Ernest Hemingway
  • "Every man should eat and drink and enjoy the fruit of all his labor; it is the gift of God." - Ecclesiastes 3:13
  • "Here’s to a long life and a merry one, A quick death and an easy one, A pretty girl and a true one, A cold beer - and another one." - Lewis Henry
  • "Life Too Short to Drink Cheap Beer."
  • Cheers Quote: Sam: "What’s new, Normie?"


Norm: "Terrorists, Sam. They’ve taken over my stomach.
They’re demanding beer."




  • "Who needs a Born-on-Date when you’re in the delivery room?"- Above the bar at the River Rock Brewery in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • "Drinking wine before beer is a no-no, dear.
Topping beer off with wine - that’s fine!" - German proverb
  • Kirk: "Romulan Ale… Why, Bones, you know this is illegal."
McCoy: "I only use it for medicinal purposes." - Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
  • "He that drinks strong beer,
And goes to bed mellow,
Lives as he ought to live,
And dies a hearty fellow." - 17th century English drinking song
  • "Mothers in the kitchen
Washing out the jugs;
Sister’s in the pantry
Bottling all the suds;
Father’s in the cellar
Mixing up the hops;
Johnny’s on the front porch
Watching for the cops." - Homebrewing song during the prohibition era
  • "And so they’ve defeated us year after year,
But sure there was plenty of whiskey and beer." - Song satirizing the Democratic Party in the 1880’s
  • "Hail to the Ale
Lager lingers on the tongue
Pilsner passes quietly
Stout will never be outdone
Bock beckons in its freshness
Mead mingles in its own time
Porter pretends to be more
While Barley Wine is holiday fine
Let these ambrosias embrace you
For this happy season will soon end
Share Mother Earth’s bounty
With a pint and a good friend."
  • Lines on Ale
"Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chamber of my brain -
Quaintest thoughts - queerist fancies
Come to life and fade away;
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today. " - by Edgar Allen Poe
  • Brakspear Henley Ale; This venerable but once failing brewery, which was founded in 1779, is co-owned today by former beatle George Harrison and playwright John Mortimer.
  • Definition of an Irishman: "a complex mechanism for turning Guinness into urine." - The Stout Book by Brendan O'Brien
  • The brewing of beer in ancient Peru was considered such a sacred rite that it was intrusted only to skills of virgin priestesses. Today Peruvian beer drinkers often sprinkle a few drops of beer on the ground in honor of Mama Sara, the corn goddess.
  • As early as the mid-18th century, the Flanders region in Belgium employed authorized beer tasters, whose job was to ensure that freshly brewed beer was up to the standards set by the local officials. They levied fines against beermakers who used any ingredient besides water, malt, and hops.
  • Breakfast for England's Queen Elizabeth I, was said to have consisted of a quart of ale every day.
  • In 1909, Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson carried along Guinness on his trek to the South Magnetic Pole. Eighteen years later, a follow-up expedition found four of the bottles in Mawson's base camp, frozen solid but still drinkable when thawed.
  • In Denmark, friends and family of a departed loved one gather at a meal following the funeral to discourage the recently released spirit from returning to haunt them. "Grave ale" is served at the feast.
  • St. Patrick, the priest who introduced Christianity to the Emerald Isle, had his own personal brewer back in the days when beer making was controlled by the church. Today Ireland exports a higher percentage of its beer than any other European county.
  • "In the Andes, a corn-based beer called Chicha is produced by allowing Amylotytic Enzymes in human saliva to break down starches into fermentable sugars. Ambient yeasts complete the transition to a alcoholic beverage." - Zymurgy ’98
  • Beer was considered an important dietary staple during the Revolutionary war. As one of its first official acts, on March 18 1775, the Continental Congress ordered a ration of one pint a day per soldier.
  • Guinness is considered an aphrodisiac in some African countries, and is marketed under the slogan "a baby in every bottle."
  • "Residue of a fermented malt beverage have been found clinging to potter bowls unearthed in Ecuador and Chile dated back to 6000 BC." - Zymurgy ’98
  • "Beer is proof that God loves us" - Ben Franklin
  • Once known as an "arf ‘n’ arf " , black and tan is an equal blending of dark and light beers that dates back to the 18th century when it was usually a combination of lager (or bitter ale) and stout.
  • There are 6,999 drops of beer in a standard 12 ounce bottle. - Canadian Ace Brewing Company
  • A clay tablet dating around 4000 BC excavated in what is today Syria is inscribed what is know as the earliest know beer advertisement. The tablet is adorned with a large-breasted woman holding two goblets and is inscribed with the caption " Drink Ebla Beer - the beer with the heart of a lion!" - Source
  • A California company has found a link between beer and diapers! The Oracle Corporation of Red Shores reports that young parents often buy 6 packs of beer and disposable baby diapers during the same shopping trip. Researchers have yet to pinpoint the connection.
  • Heather Ale, said to be the first beer brewed in the British Isles, was made 4,000 years ago by a fiercely independent group of tribes called the Picts, whose chieftains were the sole guardians of its potent, hallucinogenic recipe.
  • In 1516, William IV of Bavaria decreed that only four ingredients could be used for brewing beer: water, malted barley, hops and yeast. It became law. This was known as the "Pledge of Purity" or "Reinheitsgebot".
  • " 2800 BC is the first recorded record of a drunk-driving fatality. In ancient Egypt, an inebriated charioteer is apprehended after running down a vestal virgin of the goddess Hathor. The culprit is crucified on the door of the tavern that sold him the beer, and his corpse allowed to hang there until scavengers have reduced it to bones." - Zymurgy ’98
  • In 1722 a new style of beer is introduced called "Butt and Later". It was later renamed, Porter. - Zymurgy
  • In 1790 George Hodgson of the Bow Brewery in East London formulates a beer that will survive the five-to-six month sea journey to India. He brews a pale ale with a higher amount of malt, hops it at twice the normal rate, and then adds a healthy dose of priming sugar to keep the yeast in a feeding frenzy. Thus is born the style "India Pale Ale or IPA." - Zymurgy ’98
  • "Buy a man a beer, and he wastes an hour. Teach a man to brew, and he wastes a lifetime." - Bill Owens - Brew Editor
  • The oldest claimed functional brewery in the world, Bayerische Staatsbrauerie Weihenstephan near Munich, was founded more than nine centuries ago in the year 1040.
  • In 1896, Helmut Keineger, a Bavarian brewer, committed suicide in his Munich jail cell. His crime: placing chemicals in his beer that ran contrary to the Reinheitsgebot purity law of 1516.
  • The red triangle that is the Bass Brewery logo was designed in 1777 and is the world’s oldest international trademark.
  • The lease for a one-acre plot of land signed by Arthur Guinness in 1759 expires in the year 10759.
  • The Patron Saint of Beer is Belgian St. Arnold, and on the wall of the Confederation of Belgian Brewers in Brussels’s Grand Place, it is written: "From the boundaries of heaven and earth, by grace of Saint Arnold, and through human skill was born beer, a gift of the gods." However, the first brewing saint was St. Gall, the Irish monk who brought brewing from his abbey to Charlemagnes’s empire.
  • The Beer Prayer:


Our Lager,
which art in barrel.
Hallowed be thy drink.
Thy will be drunk,
At home as it is in the tavern.
Give us this day our foamy head,
And forgive us our spillage,
As we forgive those who spill against us.
And lead us not to incarceration,
But deliver us from hangovers.
For thine is the beer, the bitter, and the lager.
  • In 1920, those Irish who were rebellious to English rule set up roadblocks throughout the country. Only ambulances, hearses and beer trucks were allowed to pass.
  • Pilsner is the worlds most common beer. It is a clear, golden lager, a white foam, malty and very hoppy. Unfortunately this classic style is getting a bad reputation because of the "Big Three American Brewers" who use this style of beer but add Corn and Rice beside Barley to save money.
  • Zymurgy - the last word in the dictionary, means the science and art of yeast fermentation, as in brewing.
  • English inns once were required to pay a business tax known as a scot. Customers who left town to drink in rural taverns rather than their local ones were said to be drinking "scot free".
  • "I feel wonderful, drinking beer in a blissful mood, with joy in my heart and a happy liver." - Sumerian inscription circa 3000 BC
  • The worlds first beer mutual fund was registered in Luxembourg in 1996. Called the Emerging Markets Brewery Fund, it invests mainly in equity securities and other beverage companies in emerging markets throughout the world.
  • During World War II, Ireland remained a neutral country. During a wheat shortage, the Irish government traded stout to England in exchange for wheat.
  • "You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least, you need a beer." - Frank Zappa
  • "Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world." - Kaiser Wilhelm
  • "Who cares how time advances? I am drinking ale today." - Edgar Allan Poe
  • "Beer that is not drunk has missed its vocation" - Meyer Breslau

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