Déjà brew, it's National Beer Drinker's Day again!

September 7, 2019
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Facts and Figures About Beer

Beer remains one of the world’s oldest and most popular alcoholic beverages, surpassing all other ethanol-based drinks as our main tipple of choice at the till. Beer is associated with various social traditions, forming a part of culture across almost every nation. It’s only natural then to discover we have a national holiday to celebrate our favourite drink – National Beer Drinker’s Day.

From festivals and rich pub culture to beer yoga and the World Series of Beer Pong, this drink is in our blood. Craft beer has recently added an extra dimension of popularity among pub dwellers; injecting millions of pounds of revenue into an already popular market. So, in celebration, here are some facts  you may not know.

Origins

The process of brewing may predate known history, according to experts. Recorded methods can be traced back to 9500 BC. Egyptians and Romans downed the stuff long before Alec Guinness made drinking cool, or ‘Ice Cold In Alex’ to be precise.

Various methods and ingredients have been experimented with by different civilisations since beer’s conception. The earliest archaeological evidence consists of a drink with the consistency of gruel, dating back 13,000 years. Historians claim that the semi-nomadic Natufians first drank the fermented brew around 8500 BC.

Beer Soup!

During the reign of Charles I of England, Beer Soup was a legitimate breakfast treat. Yup, it was a thing, and it sounds genuinely repulsive. Consisting of beer, cream, fat, flour, and herbs, the mixture was served in gloop form to start the day.

Since then, the recipe has often been attempted by curious individuals who have all reached the same conclusion: stick to drinking beer instead.

One successful mating of beer and food, alongside batter, is the German beer popsicle. However, sales apparently remain slow due to a low volume of alcohol content. Never mind, there’s always the boozy beef stew.

Fit for a king, after all…

Bricking It

Albert Heineken came up with this fantastic idea in 1963. Not only would his bottle design hold beer, but it could also be used as a brick to help build sustainable housing in more deprived areas.

Although the design saved bottles from going to waste, the plan never hit the market as research proved that customers preferred the shape of a rounded cylinder.

Strongest Beer

There are more than 400 types of beer for connoisseurs to enjoy but, for those seeking a strong drink, only one brand will suffice.

Snake Venom boasts an eye-watering 67.5% ABV, making it the world’s strongest beer. By the sounds of it, the drink may even be fatal for the lightweights among us.

That’s certainly a tad stronger than your average Carlsberg…

Coined Terms

Are you a beer enthusiast? You are officially known as a Cerevisaphile. However, you could have an undiagnosed fear lurking beneath the surface.

If you suffer from an adverse reaction when presented with an empty glass, you genuinely have Cenosillicaphobia. The perfect excuse to get another round!

Question is, is it your round?

Run.

The Ultimate Headache

How does consuming 60 pints over four days sound? Judging by the condition of one Glaswegian, it’s not to be undertaken without health implications. Besides pickling your internal organs, the hangover would be monumental.

This Scot certainly suffered. His hangover apparently lasted a full four weeks, spearheaded by severe dehydration. His local hospital had to sort everything out and assist with his recovery. We reckon there’s a lesson to be learned here. Always drink plenty of water between ‘courses’.

And the best selling beer in the UK is…

Stella Artois accounts for 14% of all beer sales across TRDP stores in the UK, making it the most popular drink in its segment. Foster’s and Carling are close behind with 11% each.

Some 33% of beer sales come from the purchase of 500ml containers, with 4% and 5% ABVs proving to be the most popular.

The North West purchases the most beer when compared to other sections of the UK, with the East Midlands buying the least. For more information and data on UK beer sales, contact our data team.

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