Alnwick Beer Festival: 10 things you (probably) didn’t know about beer

Alnwick Round Table chairman Gary Brown and his fellow tablers Adam Lambert, Reuben Carr and Mark Turnbull are busy preparing for the Beer Festival.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Alnwick Round Table chairman Gary Brown and his fellow tablers Adam Lambert, Reuben Carr and Mark Turnbull are busy preparing for the Beer Festival.'Picture by Jane Coltman

To celebrate the return of Alnwick Beer Festival this weekend, here’s 10 fascinating facts about beer that you (probably) didn’t know before.

1. The oldest known recipe for beer is more than 4,000 years old, made by Sumerians.

2. Egyptian Pyramid workers were paid with beer – one gallon, or four litres, per day.

3. A beer wave of 388,000 gallons, or 1.4million litres, flooded London in 1814 after a huge vat ruptured.

4. In the Middle Ages, beer was consumed more than water as the alcohol made it safer.

5. Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.

6. The strongest beer in the world has a 67.5 per cent alcohol content.

7. Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.

8. Until the 1970s in Belgium, table beer was served in school refectories.

9. More Guinness is drunk in Nigeria than Ireland.

10. When scientist Niels Bohr won the Nobel Prize in 1922, the Carlsberg brewery gave him a perpetual supply of beer piped into his house.

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