Enthusiasts of beer can talk about the strangest things. They bring up the best beer selections, the thickest beers along with the healthiest to drink. So next time you find yourself in a conversation with a few beer enthusiasts, blow their minds with some of these facts.
There’s a phenomenal record for the largest choice of beer in the world. The Brickskeller settled well in one of Washington, D.C.’s finest neighborhoods boasts that it proudly serves over 1,000 distinct beers. But when the stock was formally recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records in January of 2002, the selection came to 1,072. The proprietor Dave Alexander still thought that number was low. Plus the standards for the record are for different brands and varieties, not if you’re stocking cans and bottles of the same beer. Still 1,072 is a phenomenal number and since 2002, no one has even come close.
The National Institute on Aging definitely warns us to be conscious of drinking problems that develop in old age because of certain factors. But, the National Institute on Aging has an intriguing finding from an 18-year research that determined the benefit of consuming a drink a day in middle age. 50-plus men always scored higher on cognitive tests if they consumed a drink a day in middle age, than those guys who were tested that didn’t have a drink per day. That would have to be the best beer fact I have ever learned.
But, the funniest fact I’ve heard about beer and the customs of men would have to be the story of when the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. When the pilgrims set sail, they had taken good stock in everything that they had put on their boats. They had enough food to make the trip and they had sufficient supplies otherwise. But, did they have enough beer? They might have thought they did, but even I know better than to think I have enough beer. It’s the age old secret which only 1 person reveals.
This passage has been granted credit for why the pilgrims decided to land on Plymouth Rock instead of traveling down the coast to Virginia as originally planned. However, that story is successfully disputed by Chicago author Bob Skilnik who brings to light the entirety of this diary entry.
Skilnik notes that in the journal entry, the date is mentioned. It was written in December, a month after landing on Plymouth Rock. The reality of this landing was that there was enough beer left on board for the team who had to make the return trip to England. Moreover, the land was being researched for the best possible place to settle while the rest of the passengers stayed on board. All supplies were running low.
The fact that arises is that several beer companies in order to try to prevent Prohibition printed ads in papers that distorted this passage as the reason the pilgrims settled on Plymouth Rock. They made this passage like it was an American Historical reality law makers looking carefully at Prohibition legislation would take it into account. Skilnik doesn’t blame the beer companies and I do not either. Since that time, the myth has grown more powerful and is widely accepted even though it makes our pilgrims seem no better than a bunch of drunkards creating an extremely long watery beer run.
Despite the fact that it’s not a truth, it is still a part of our American History that the myth exists. So, I believe it to be a fascinating fact about beer. It doesn’t make us drunkards or alcoholics we like beer , despite the fact that some individuals have developed drinking issues. It makes us an interesting people who know how to have fun and get it done with taste.