April 7th is National Beer Day, and what better way to celebrate than with a cold brew? In honor of that most revered of beverages, here are...
1. Zythology is the study of beer.
2. The average drinking-age American resident drinks one beer a day.
3. The oldest known written recipes are those for beer, dating back to over 5000 years ago.
4. According to a study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, men and women who reported drinking a “moderate” amount of beer reduced their risk of developing kidney stones by 41 percent.
5. As of 2013, the state that consumed the most beer was North Dakoda. The state that consumed the least? Utah.
6. There are at least 400 individual types of beer, but Belgium has the highest number of individual beer brands in the world.
7. 19th-century German mothers in Munich, Germany would drink up to 7 pints of beer of day. They believed drinking beer was necessary for proper breast-feeding!
8. The first canned beer was produced in 1935, when drinkers stopped going to taverns and breweries needed a way to send beer home.
9. The first professional brewers were women!
10. “Cenosillicaphobia” is the feet of an empty beer glass—something we hope never happens to you!