6 Amazing Beer Facts You Need To Know

Beer is a pretty magical and majestic thing, and there are some incredible facts and stats about the golden beverage that are worth noting.

People have been drinking beer for thousands of years, leading to many facts both funny and historical, about this golden nectar.

Martin Luther once said “Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!” Let us cheer the love for beer with few of those fun facts.

Beer and sports

In South Africa, watching a sporting event would not be complete without a glass of beer in hand. In 2015, Carling Black Label Cup broke the record for the most spectators when 94 807 fans were inside the stadium to witness the Soweto derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in Johannesburg. The previous record was 94 713 that was set when South Africa’s rugby team the Springboks hosted New Zealand at the Johannesburg Stadium back in 2010.

Nobel Prize winner beer gift

Nobel Prize winner Niels Bohr, one of the greatest scientists that ever lived, was given a gift of a house next to the Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen in Denmark after he won the prize in 1922. His house had a direct pipeline to the brewery so that Bohr had free beer on tap whenever he wanted.

World Beer Chugging Champion

Steven Petrosino of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania downed 1 liter of beer or 33 ounces in a lightning fast 1.3 seconds in 1977 which makes him the World Beer Chugging Champion according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The world’s largest beer festival is Oktoberfest

The world’s largest beer festival is Oktoberfest. Held annually in Munich, Germany, it is a 16-day funfair running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.

The London Beer Flood

The London Beer Flood happened on 17 October 1814 in the parish of St. Giles, London, England. At the Meux and Company Breweryon Tottenham Court Road, a huge storage tank containing over 135,000 imperial gallons (610,000 L) of beer ruptured, causing other vats in the same building to fall in a domino effect. As a result, more than 323,000 imperial gallons (1,470,000 L) of beer burst out and gushed into the streets. The wave of beer destroyed two homes and crumbled the wall of the Tavistock Arms Pub, trapping teenage employee Eleanor Cooper under the rubble. Within minutes neighbouring George Street and New Street were swamped with beer, killing a mother and daughter who were taking tea, and surging through a room of people gathered for a wake.


Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass and the bartender heals that fear by filling the empty glass with a beer. According to some sources, the Fact-Archive and the Urban Dictionary, the word means “the fear of an empty glass,” as “commonly experienced by drinkers.”

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The Ultimate Guide To Pairing Beer With Food



  1. nymless

    October 26, 2015 at 13:05

    Great facts…love beer, love the article and love the quote on MLK:….Thanks

  2. Tru_ant

    October 26, 2015 at 19:36

    Facts worth knowing!

  3. XD Champ

    October 26, 2015 at 19:36

    General knowledge quiz shit!

    • I'm in love with the cocoa

      October 27, 2015 at 09:43

      Hahahaha these sorts of things would never come up

  4. Matty_D

    October 26, 2015 at 19:36

    Awesome. I wish all prizes came with all you can drink beer on tap.

    • Nix

      October 27, 2015 at 09:50

      The best prize ever

    • Viva Beer

      October 27, 2015 at 09:51

      The prize of the gods

    • Frank the Tank

      October 27, 2015 at 09:51

      The gift that keeps on giving

  5. Liam_N

    October 26, 2015 at 19:37

    My dream is to go to oktoberfest.

    • Nelspruit Bok

      October 26, 2015 at 19:37

      Oktoberfest reminds me of that movie beerfest. NEED TO GO!!!!

      • cliff

        October 26, 2015 at 19:38

        What a classic!!!!!

      • Tru_ant

        October 26, 2015 at 19:38

        DAS BOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • XD Champ

          October 26, 2015 at 19:38

          ha ha ha ha ha ha yeah buddy!!!

        • Quince

          October 27, 2015 at 09:42

          Dad boot!

    • Joburg Based

      October 27, 2015 at 09:47

      Too many people

    • Oktoberfest 2015

      October 27, 2015 at 09:50

      It’s my dream. I have a couple of buddies who went this year to Munich and said it was incredible. Apparently the food, beer and people are 10 out of 10

  6. Stefan Reinecke

    October 27, 2015 at 09:28

    Martin Luther’s quote as stated in the article has now been made my work email signature quote…you know, that one at the end of everyone’s signature that nobody reads. I wonder how long I can get away with it…

  7. Bokke

    October 27, 2015 at 09:39

    Here’s one fact that trumps all of them: Beer is amazing.

  8. 6 God

    October 27, 2015 at 09:41

    MLK says it’s good, then it’s good

  9. Freddy

    October 27, 2015 at 09:44

    Those are 6 facts. I don’t know if they are amazing but did make me think about beer!

  10. All for the Bants

    October 27, 2015 at 09:45

    Thanks Menstuff. I’m going to drop some knowledge bombs on my buddies when we have our next braai

  11. Cape Town Lad

    October 27, 2015 at 09:45

    I want a beer right now

  12. M A $ E

    October 27, 2015 at 09:47

    Fact 7: reading this with a beer in your hand will make your day infinitely better

    • Clive

      October 27, 2015 at 09:48


    • Mfana

      October 27, 2015 at 09:48

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    • Turnt on a Tuesday

      October 27, 2015 at 09:52

      It’s early on a Tuesday morning but……..

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