The beer world always brims with mouth-wateringly unexpected stories. So to spark your next barstool talk like we did last time about beer facts, we have another five startling things we think you didn’t know about beer, until now.
‘Weeding’ out the truthThere’s always a reason why dank, pungent IPAs and sometimes-double IPAs do smell like medical-marijuana dispensary. Genetically speaking, cannabis and hops are both members of the Cannabaceae family. You’re advised not to smoke them this is because Hops do contain no mood-altering THC.
For the recordIn 1951, Guinness’ MD Sir Hugh Beaver was entangled in an argument about Europe’s fastest game bird, The grouse. Unable to find appropriate answer, he decided that there was perhaps a market for a fact-filled book. Four years later, The Guinness Book of Records was first published.
During the winter, Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast, it’s usually used to brew beer. The yeast has a safe, warm refuge in the guts of wasps. There are rare cases of humans harbouring the strain, which results into an “auto-brewery syndrome”. The yeast tends to convert starches into alcohol, effectively “brewing” beer in your gut.
Whiskey’s sudsy originsDid you know that whiskey started its life as beer? More specifically, it did start as a distiller’s beer, which was made with water, malted barley, and yeast, then distilled and aged in charred oak barrels. This is the key factor separating distiller’s beer from a regular beer, no hops. With that distiller’s beer is then distilled to make your favourite whiskey.
New York City is America’s first beer townIn 1612, Adrian Bloch and Hans Christensen opened the first brewery in British North America in New Amsterdam. This ended up being the future home of New York City. By the 1620s, Dutch settlers had already started planting hops throughout Manhattan.