Beer and Homebrewing – Four Fun Facts

If you’re like most people, you probably love trivia. Come on – admit it. At some point or another nearly every one of us has played a game of Trivial Pursuit at a party or watched Jeopardy on television. So how would you like to know a few fun facts about beer and home brewing?

We all know about how the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. But did you know that the pilgrims stopped where they did because they had run out of beer? If they still had beer on board, the pilgrims probably would have kept sailing South (to somewhere warmer). If the pilgrims had more homebrew beer on board, the world (or at least North America and the United States) may have been a different place today.

Did you know that July is officially “American Beer Month”? When you stop to think about it — what with the Fourth of July, summer barbeques, and plenty of ballgames — having July as American Beer Month makes a lot of sense. But if the pilgrims hadn’t run out of their homebrew beer, maybe there wouldn’t be an American Beer Month at all.

Did you know that over 30,000 people visit Denver each Fall for “The Great American Beer Festival”? What’s to do at such a festival? Well, by now I am sure that you can guess: you can talk about beer, drink beer, learn about homebrew beer, and you can even try a few kinds of homebrew beer.

Surely you know that beer (homebrew and store bought) is not solely an American tradition. But did you know that rules and regulations about beer go back to ancient times? In fact, in Babylonia there was a law that prevented bars from serving watered down beer. Now if you love beer, you know how disappointing a watered-down beer can be. But the punishment for serving watered-down beer in Babylonia was that the bartender was drowned in a barrel of the watered-down brew. That’s a serious punishment!