Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Weird And Mostly Unknown Beer Facts

  1. 12 oz of a typical American pale lager actually has fewer calories than 2 percent milk or apple juice.

  1. The familiar Bass symbol, a red triangle, was registered in 1876 and is the world's oldest trademark.

  1. Beer and video games have a long association. Tapper, originally a 1983 arcade game and now a computer one, tests players' skills by challenging them to coordinate the movements of beers, a bartender, empty mugs, and patrons.

  1. An 18-year study by the National Institute on Aging found that 50-plus men who consumed a drink a day during middle age scored significantly better on cognitive tests later in life than did non-drinkers.

  1. Anheuser-Busch consumes about 15% of the entire U.S. rice crop for brewing beer.

  1. According to a diary entry from a passenger on the Mayflower, the pilgrims made their landing at Plymouth Rock, rather than continue to their destination in Virginia, due to lack of beer.

  1. George Washington had his own brewhouse on the grounds of Mount Vernon.

  1. Studying the experimentally induced intoxicated behavior of ants in 1888, naturalist John Lubbock noticed that the insects that had too much to drink were picked up by nest mates and carried home. Conversely, drunken strangers were summarily tossed in a ditch.