- U.S. brewery count at the end of last year: 3,999 (948 more than a year earlier).
- California’s brewery count (number one in the nation) at the end of last year: 508 (145 more than a year earlier).
- Mississippi’s brewery count (someone has to be last) at the end of last year: 6 (3 more than a year earlier).
- Bottles of Deal With the Devil produced by Alaska Brewing Company: 1,000.
- Bottles allocated to Alaska retailers: 336.
- Deal With the Devil’s alcoholic content: 17.6 percent.
- Signature Copper Lager’s alcoholic strength: 5.7 percent ABV.
- Busch Signature Copper Lager’s alcoholic strength: 5.7 percent ABV.
- States where Busch Signature Copper Lager is being test-marketed: 12.
- Germany’s annual per capita beer consumption today: 28 gallons.
- Its annual per capita consumption in 1978: 40 gallons (43 percent higher).
- Hours an American minimum-wage employee has to work to afford a beer: 0.4.
- Hours a Russian minimum-wage employee has to work: 1.6.
- Hours a minimum-wage employee in the Republic of Georgia has to work: 15.1.
- Calories from alcohol in a typical 12-ounce serving of beer: 100 (alcohol has 7 calories per gram).
- Calories from carbohydrates in a typical 12-ounce serving of beer: 50.
- Visitors who toured Founders Brewing Company in 2013: 2,518.
- Price of a Founders tour: $10 (includes a pint glass).
- Barrels of craft beer sold in 2011: 11,467,337.
- Barrels of craft beer sold in 2012: 13,235,917 (up 9 percent from 2011).
- Cost of a bottle of domestic beer in Hanoi, Vietnam: U.S.$0.44.
- Cost of a bottle of non-alcoholic domestic beer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: U.S.$0.59.
- Cost of a bottle of black-market domestic beer in Tripoli, Libya: U.S.$5.49.
- Change in Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s sales from 2011 to 2012: Up 13 percent.
- 60 Minute IPA’s share of Dogfish Head’s production: 48 percent.
- What Anheuser-Busch InBev paid to re-acquire Korea-based Oriental Brewery: $5.8 billion.
- What A-B InBev sold Oriental Brewery for in 2009: $1.8 billion.
- Sales of number-one selling beer Bud Light in 2013: $5.95 billion.
- Average price of a case of Bud Light: $20.18.
- Percent of Americans who call Budweiser their favorite beer: 51.
- Percent who call Budweiser their least favorite beer: 46.
- Washington State’s 2013 hops harvest: 53.9 million pounds.
- Increase over the year before: 13 percent.
- Decrease in beer sales between 2007 and 2012: 2.3 percent.
- Decrease in sales of the top nine brands between 2007 and 2012: 25 percent.
- Years since the can opener was invented: 156.
- Years since Loewenbrau was incorporated: 142.
- Oregon’s per capita spending on beer in 2012: $448.56 (1st in the country).
- California’s per capita spending on beer in 2012: $172.99 (17th in the country).
- Craft brewing’s economic impact on Sonoma County, California in 2012: $123 million.
- Economic impact of the release of Russian River’s Pliny the Younger: $2.4 million.
- Days until Pliny the Younger’s release: 25.
- Cost of a half-liter can of beer in a London supermarket: £1.80 (US$2.95).
- Cost of a half-liter can of beer in a Sydney supermarket: A$4.26 (US$3.81).
- Freezing point of 5% ABV beer: 27 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Freezing point of pure ethyl alcohol: minus 173 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Percentage of regular wine drinkers who also enjoy beer: 89.
- Percentage of regular wine drinkers who are also “core” beer drinkers: 43.
- Tickets sold for the 2014 Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival: 6,000.
- People who tried to buy tickets: 18,000.
- Hours it took to sell out the festival: 3.
- Current federal tax on each barrel of beer: $7.
- Proposed federal tax on each of the first 60,000 barrels made by a small brewery: $3.50.
- D.G. Yuengling & Son’s production in 2012: 2.8 million barrels.
- Its production in 1993: 245,000 barrels.
- Estimated value of a bar’s tap handle: $11,700.
- Average number of tap handles at a bar: 18.
- Annual staff turnover at the average bar: 400 percent.
- Budweiser Platinum’s sales in 2012: 1.8 million cases.
- Bud Platinum’s sales’ rank among mainstream beer brands: 19th.
- Bud Platinum’s alcoholic content by volume: 6 percent.
On this day in 1790, Dartmouth College was founded by Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, with a royal charter from King George III, on land donated by royal governor John Wentworth. There’s no truth to the rumor that the first kegger on campus took place that evening.
And now….The Mash!
We begin on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. Last Sunday, frigid temperatures at the Atlanta Falcons-Green Bay Packers game caused beer lines to freeze up and fans to complain.
Brewpubs are opening in Beijing. The first ones were opened by expatriates, but homebrewers and brewing school alumni have stepped in, and are making beer that appeals to local tastes.
According to scientists at the University of Sapporo, beer contains humulone, which is effective in fighting a virus that causes respiratory diseases such as pneumonia. The virus is especially nasty in the winter.
For decades, Guatemala’s dominant beer has been Gallo, from the family-owned Cerveceria Centro Americana. However, a beer war has broken out now that Anheuser-Busch InBev has entered the market.
The NBA’s Utah Jazz have are off to a horrible start this season, but their bear-suited mascot turned in a highlight-film performance against a Houston Rockets fan who poured beer on him.
Germany has asked UNESCO to put the country’s Reinheitsgebot on the intangible cultural heritage list. The German beer purity law celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2016.
Finally, Rajan Zed wants Asheville Brewing Company to find a new name for its flagship beer. Zed contends that “Shiva India Pale Ale” disrespects his Hindu faith. The brewery, which has spent 15 years building the brand, won’t rename it.
It’s been 80 years since the 21st Amendment ended Prohibition and left most liquor regulation up to the states. That’s the good news. The bad news is that many states still have strange laws that govern alcoholic beverages. Author Aaron Goldfarb, writing in Esquire magazine, offers his top ten remnants of Prohibition. You’re undoubtedly familiar with some of them, such Sunday blue laws; dry counties; and ABV caps, which still exist in a few states.
Others are downright weird, such as Pennsylvania’s “case law” (you must buy at least 24 beers at a time), Indiana’s ban on cold beer sales, and bans on Election Day sales in a few states whose politics might drive one to drink. And with Christmas coming up, you should know that in Washington, D.C., it’s illegal to use Santa Claus to promote alcohol.
- Countries represented on this year’s Beer Festival Calendar: 26.
- U.S. states represented on this year’s Beer Festival Calendar: 49 (we’re looking at you, South Dakota).
- U.S. hard cider production in 2012: 690,000 barrels.
- Increase over 2011: 70 percent.
- Hard cider’s share of the U.S. beer market: less than 1 percent.
- Canadians’ annual spending on alcoholic beverages: C$21 billion ($20.1 billion U.S.).
- Beer’s share of that spending: 44 percent.
- Canadian jobs attributable to the beer industry: 163,200.
- Beer industry’s share of all Canadian jobs: 1 percent.
- Change in Belgium’s beer exports from 2002 to 2012: Up 266 percent.
- Change in Belgium’s domestic beer consumption during that period: Down 17 percent.
- Alcoholic content of this year’s edition of Samuel Adams Utopias: 28 percent.
- Suggested retail price of a bottle of Utopias: $199.
- Current annual production of Leinenkugel Summer Shandy: 1 million barrels.
- Summer Shandy production in 1988, when Miller Brewing Company acquired Leinenkugel: 60,000 barrels.
According to Hallmark’s Ultimate Holiday Calendar, today is National Drink Beer Day. You know what to do.
To mark the occasion, Jason English of MentalFloss.com presents 25 amazing facts about beer. Regular readers of this blog are probably familiar with many of them.