Cheers! It’s Beer Week
“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”—Dave Barry
Know someone who loves beer? They (ok, we) are not alone. Despite being one of the oldest beverages on the planet, beer is showing no signs of slowing down in popularity. National Geographic is getting into the spirit of things with two new products just for beer lovers.
National Geographic Atlas of Beer
New in our store is the National Geographic Atlas of Beer, a beautifully illustrated book—atlas and travel guide all in one—that explores beer history, geography, and trends on six continents. “Beer geographers” Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark Patterson share what to drink and where to go for the greatest beer experiences (beerperiences?) across the globe. Oh, and one more thing: They’ve included a handy guide for ordering a beer in 14 languages.
National Geographic Pint Glass
Drink your favorite beer in style with this special National Geographic Beer Glass With Leather Sleeve. The pint glass lets you enjoy the best pour, and the leather koozy—embossed with “Official Beer Taster” on one side and the Nat Geo logo on the other—keeps things cool.
More on Beer From National Geographic
- In February, National Geographic magazine took a look at the complicated relationship humans have with alcohol. “Our taste for tipple may be a hardwired evolutionary trait that distinguishes us from most other animals,” Andrew Curry writes in “Our 9,000-Year Love Affair With Booze.”
- The “Indiana Jones of alcohol” talks about how beer launched modern civilization: “Alcohol is central to human culture and biology because we were probably drinking fermented beverages from the beginning. We’re set up to drink them.”
- So, let’s say you learn of a new beer made from … wait for it … wasp yeast. Would you drink it? These scientists are banking on it.
- One Florida brewery has done away with plastic six-pack rings that can harm marine life. In fact, they’ve invented a ring that can feed turtles, birds, and anything else that ingests it.
- Last year marked 500 years since Germany instituted its beer purity law, Learn more about the law and how it has defined the beverage we know as beer today.
- Go behind the scenes of the equal-opportunity beverage with “The Magic of Beer,” a video from Nat Geo.
- Everyone has a favorite place to enjoy an ale (or a lager or a stout). We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite beer-drinking destinations. Is yours on the list?
- You can’t talk about beer without talking about Oktoberfest. Here’s our list of the 10 best beer festivals around the globe. And pictures of Oktoberfest from our Your Shot photographers.
- If you’re in the Washington, D.C., area, join us at National Geographic headquarters for Nat Geo Nights. Every month, we’re opening the doors for a special happy hour featuring stories from Nat Geo explorers, fun activities, music, food—and, of course, drinks.
Did You Know?
- The study of beer is called zythology.
- Residents of the Czech Republic drink the most beer—142.6 liters per capita in 2014.
- The Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Ireland are all crucial parts of the “beer belt.”
- At the end of Prohibition, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “What America needs now is a drink.”
- The first Oktoberfest was held in Munich on October 18, 1810, to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.
- The 1516 Reinheitsgebot, or German Purity Laws, declare that a German brew can be considered a beer only if it contains four ingredients: malt, water, yeast, and hops. Although the law was officially lifted during the 1980s, many German beer manufacturers continue to follow the centuries-old tradition.
- George Washington’s continental army received a quart of beer as part of their daily rations.
- The best-selling domestic beer in the U.S. is Bud Light, followed by Coors Light and Miller Lite.
- China is the leading producer of beer, followed by the U.S. and Brazil.
- There’s a crater on the moon called Beer.
- A beer-drinking goat was once elected mayor of Lajitas, Texas.