There’s a reason that beer steins have hinged tops. A sixteenth century German law decreed that all drinking vessels (and food containers, as well) had to have a lid of some kind to keep out the swarms of insects plaguing the country at that time.

Until the 1890’s, beer bottles were sealed using corks – just like wine bottles!

A Sundowner is a South African expression meaning the first glass of beer enjoyed after the sun has gone down.
Ancient Egyptian soldiers carried flat cakes containing malt that enabled them to brew instant beer while on their crusades, not unlike today’s backpackers who carry powdered drinks!

A 12-ounce bottle of beer and a 12-ounce can of soda have the same amount of calories – about 150. However, beer has much more nutritional value than that soft drink!

The phrase “beer money” has its roots in history. Between 1800 and 1873, non-commissioned officers and soldiers in the British Army were given an allowance of a penny a day in place of an issue of beer or spirits.

During the time of the Crusades, beer was the drink of choice. The quality of the water was questionable, and it was found that the brewing process produced a safer liquid to quench the thirst of adults – and children! Great Clubs agrees beer is the best quencher around, even today!

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