The Super Bowl and its accompanying camaraderie are just around the corner. It is the perfect time to wow your buddies with Super Bowl trivia, especially that concerning odd pieces of information on that great American beverage, beer.
The first Super Bowl football championship was played in 1967, pitting the Green Bay Packers against the Kansas City Chiefs. The sports-history breaking game took place on January 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, following the merger of the NFL with the fledgling AFL. The AFL, under new Commissioner Al Davis, was well on its way to bringing the NFL to its knees by signing more and more top NFL players away from the NFL, along with top college talent, but AFL team owners, who dreamt more of being part of the NFL establishment than dominating professional football with their own league, accepted the NFL’s merger terms, to combine into a single league, with the Super Bowl game to decide the league’s championship.
Ancient Egyptian pyramid builders were partial to beer, which they usually drank through a straw. The beer’s flavor was much like that of Chardonnay.
Unlike the beer of other countries, American beer is made mostly of rice. Rice gives beer a lighter taste and its use was promoted to appeal to women buyers.
In 1642, Hoboken, New Jersey was home to America’s first brewery.
We’ve all heard of the phrase “rule of thumb.” Legend has it that it evolved from the practice of brewers, in the days before the invention of thermometers, would poke a thumb or finger into the beer mixture in an attempt to find the most suitable temperature for adding yeast. If the mixture was too cold, the yeast wouldn’t grow but if it was too hot, the yeast would die.
England is the home of the word “toddlers.” The drinking water was so contaminated that it was prohibited to be used for that purpose. Beer was used as a substitute beverage because it was inexpensive, abundant, and during the brewing process the water was boiled. Toddlers were being weaned off mother’s milk and the logical substitution was beer. Unfortunately, the children were not acclimated to the side effects of beer. This, paired with their large motor muscles being unaccustomed to supporting their bodies, really demonstrated how to toddle across the room.
Low in vitamins? Beer is loaded with the B-complex vitamins.
It is thought the first beer came into existence from moist grains sitting around for an extended time.
To remove the head of foam from the top of your beer, stick your fingers in it. If you put salted peanuts in a glass of beer, the nuts will dance around.
A person who collects beer mats practices tegestology while a collector of beer bottles is a labeorphilist.
From the 14th to 18th centuries, European and American universities provided beer to their students from their own in-house breweries. In 1674, not only did Harvard have its own brewery but also had five beer halls which were burned down by rioting divinity students.