US government placed beer near a nuclear explosion in 1956 to see if it would still be drinkable after a nuclear fallout, and it was.
April 16, 2016 will be the 500 year anniversary of Bavaria adopting the Reinheitsgebot. It is a law that said that the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops. It was later amended to include yeast.
On a trip to England in 1698, Peter the Great loved the taste of stout beers, but was unable to take any back with him to Russia before it spoiled. To mitigate this, London brewers added more hops and alcohol to their stouts thus creating a new beer style, the Russian Imperial Stout.
Japanese beer cans have “alcohol” in braille on the top of can to prevent the blind from accidentally buying beer.
Belgium is building a beer pipeline that will move 1,500 gallons of beer per hour.
The first ever modern commercial refrigerator was built in Australia in 1856 to keep beer cold.
There is a Buddhist Temple complex in Thailand made out of over 1.5 million empty beer bottles.
Oktoberfest beer is typically around 6% ABV, far stronger and sweeter than typical German lager. It’s easy to get dehydrated and many people pass out. These people are called Bierleichen (German for “Beer Corpses.”)
During the 2008 world hops shortage, the Samuel Adams brewery shared 20,000 pounds of their excess hops with 108 different craft breweries, at cost, to help prevent them from going out of business.
A biology professor extracted yeast from a 45 million year old insect trapped in amber and brewed beer from it.