Enthusiasts of beer can discuss the strangest things. They bring up the best beer selections, the thickest beers along with the healthiest to drink. So the next time you find yourself in a conversation with a few beer fans, blow their minds with some of those facts.
There is a phenomenal record for the largest selection of beer in the world. The Brickskeller settled well in one of Washington, D.C.’s greatest 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 choice came to 1,072. The owner Dave Alexander still believed that number was reduced. Plus the standards for the record are for different brands and varieties, not if you are stocking cans and bottles of the same beer. Nevertheless 1,072 is a phenomenal amount 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 older 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 at middle age. 50-plus men always scored higher on cognitive tests if they have a beverage a day at middle age, than those men 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 habits 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. But, did they have sufficient beer? They may have thought they did, but even I know better than to believe I have enough beer. It is the age old secret which only 1 person reveals.
This passage has been given credit for why the pilgrims decided to land on Plymouth Rock instead of travel down the coast to Virginia as initially planned. However, that story is contested by Chicago writer Bob Skilnik who brings to light the entirety of the diary entry.
Skilnik notes that in the diary entry, the date is mentioned. It was written in December, a month after landing on Plymouth Rock. The truth of the landing was that there was certainly enough beer left on board for the crew who had to make the return trip to England. Furthermore, the land was being surveyed for the best possible place to settle while the remaining passengers remained on board. All supplies were running low.
The fact that appears is that several beer companies to be able to attempt and prevent Prohibition printed ads in newspapers that distorted this passage as the reason the pilgrims settled on Plymouth Rock. They made this passage like it had been an American Historical fact so law makers looking carefully at Prohibition legislation would take it into account. Skilnik does not blame the beer companies and I don’t either. Since that time, the myth has grown stronger and is widely accepted although it makes our pilgrims look no better than a lot of drunkards creating a very long watery beer run.
Despite the fact that it is not a fact, it is still a part of our American History that the myth exists. So, I believe it to be a fascinating fact about beer. And nobody can take it away from us that beer is very much a part of who we are. It does not make us drunkards or alcoholics that we like beer so much, despite the fact that some people have developed drinking problems. It makes us a fascinating men and women who know the way to have fun and do it with flavor.