15 Amazing Beer Facts For St Patrick’s Day

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7. Marijuana and Beer

Hops, the bitter agent used in beer’s fermentation process belongs to a family of flowering plants called Cannabaceae. Marijuana is also included in this family.

6. Amsterdam Pays Alcoholics Beer

Amsterdam pays alcoholics in beer, awesome beer facts

The Rainbow Group, a partially government funded welfare initiative, pays Amsterdam alcoholics in beer.

Destitute and homeless, those inducted into the program will clean up local parks and streets from 9 am to 3 pm. In exchange for their work, participants are given a hot meal, 5 beers and rolling tobacco.

Local residents are mostly in favour of the controversial program. Police have reported fewer muggings and stabbings in public areas since the program’s inception.

What do you think? Should alcoholics be paid in the very vice that afflicts them? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

5. Ancient Egypt Loved Beer

Research suggests that ancient Egypt ran on beer. Adults and even children frequently drank the foamy amber beverage as it played a central role in their diets. According to Patrick McGovern, an archaeologist at the university of Pennsylvania, the labourers that built the great pyramids of Giza were given up to four litres of beer per day.

4. World’s Fastest Beer Drinker

In 1977, Steven Petrosino chugged 1 litre of beer (33 ounces) in 1.3 seconds, making him the world’s fastest beer drinker. The above video is a reenactment from 2003.

3. Win Your Wife’s Weight in Beer

In North America there is a wife carrying championship that pays out your wife’s weight in beer.

The sport, which originated in Finland, sees competitors carry their better halves through an obstacle course. Teams of two are timed as they run several heats to determine an outcome. Winners are given their wife’s weight in beer and five times their weight in cash.

2. UK Moustaches Waste Beer

Guinness study finds thousands of pints of beer wasted due to moustaches. Awesome beer facts

In 2000, a study concluded that British men with moustaches waste 162,719 pints of Guinness each year by funneling it through their hairy upper lips.

1. World’s Longest Hangover

In 2006, a 37 year old man from Glasgow was diagnosed with, what experts believe to be, the world’s longest hang over.

After complaining of a headache and blurred vision the Glaswegian local checked himself into hospital. Doctors were stumped by the patient’s symptoms until it was revealed the man had consumed 60 pints, which is around 35 litres of beer, over a four day period. The result was a hangover that lasted for 40 days.

So there’s our list of 15 amazing facts about beer. Did this listicle make you want to down a frothy one? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook.