BEERlieve it or not part 2



BEERlieve it or not part 2

Postby doogee » Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:52 pm

  • Brewers droop is real condition. Hops contain a herbal form of the hormone oestrogen that can lead to erectile dysfunction.
  • Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of empty glass. Not good if you are a pub landlord.
  • The saying "Mind your p's and q's" comes from the time when beer beverages were served in pints and quarts. Thus, to mind your p's and q's meant to be careful how much you drank.
  • The world's stongest beer is Samuel Adams' Utopia which has 25 per cent alcohol. Most average beers have around 5 per cent ABV.
  • In old England, town Inns paid a government tax known as a "Scot" for serving beer. Beer lovers who left town to drink at rural pubs were said to be drinking "Scot free."
  • Americans accuse us of drinking warm beer because English bitter is usually served at 12 degrees celcius - compared to all those ice cold Buds.
  • The Widget - a hollow plasic ball - revolutionised canned beers. During pressurisation gas and beer are forced into the widget through a tiny hole. When the can is opened, the contents reach normal pressure and the beer in the widget is forced out. The effect produces millions of tiny bubbles which rise to the surface and form the sought after creamy head.
  • Five thousand people were trampled to death in a rush for free beer at the coronation of Czar Nicholas II of Russia in 1896.
  • The worlds largest Sumo wrestler Konishiki, who weighs 625 Ibs, once drank 100 glasses of beer and ate 70 pieces of Sushi mat one sitting.
  • The British army used to supply its men with a one penny cash allowance for beer, considered a vital staple on long overseas missions. With this, soldiers enjoyed six pints of ale every day.
  • After consuming a bucket or two of a strong brew they called Aul or Ale, the Vikings would head fearlessly into battle, often without armour or even shirts. The term "Berserk" means "Bare shirt" in Norse and eventually took on the meaning of their wild battles.
  • The Bass red tiangle, registered in 1876, is the worlds oldest beer trademark.
  • The fame of Burton Ales gave rise to the phrase "Gone for a Burton" meaning to die. It was a world war II euphenism suggesting a missing comrade had merely nipped out for a beer.
  • The Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth Rock because of beer. They had planned to sail further south but run out of beer so stopped and founded the USA.
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Re: BEERlieve it or not part 2

Postby tardistraveler » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:45 pm

doogee wrote:
  • The Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth Rock because of beer. They had planned to sail further south but run out of beer so stopped and founded the USA.



The Pilgrim Fathers drank beer??? :eek:

Thought those folks were teetotalers!
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Re: BEERlieve it or not part 2

Postby Chris2210 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:40 pm

Not sure when the practice ended, but certainly during the middle ages most poor people drank weak beer throughout the day - the fermentation process meant it was safer than drinking water.I imagine this was especially true shipboard where potable liquids would have to be kept for long periods.
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Re: BEERlieve it or not part 2

Postby tardistraveler » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:06 pm

That does make sense.

It's just weird - we get all the religious fundamentalism here traced back to the Pilgrims - most of those folks think it's a sin to drink alcohol, even though the Bible talks about Jesus drinking wine . . . go figure . . . :rolleyes:
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Re: BEERlieve it or not part 2

Postby Tomfoolery » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:18 pm

It's not the alcohol that's the sin, it's drunkenness... the over-indulgence.
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Re: BEERlieve it or not part 2

Postby tardistraveler » Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:31 pm

To hear many folks talk about it, it's a sin to even taste the stuff!

I agree with you, Dean - imbibing isn't the real issue, it's overdoing it.

I have a friend that just gets sloppy drunk - argumentative, tearful, nonsensical - and she doesn't realize it. This is definitely a problem . . . :rolleyes:
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Re: BEERlieve it or not part 2

Postby yesireebob » Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:42 pm

Overdoing it is the real problem with many so-called vices, and for that matter, many perfectly healthy habits. Moderation is always the key.
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