Fun facts about beer


If you’re a soccer fan or a professional porch sitter, you probably know a thing or two about beer. But to be considered an expert, you must know your facts. Refilwe Maluleke, Marketing Manager of Hansa Pilsener, shares some beer trivia that you can use to impress your friends or your man this weekend.



  • Only female hop flowers, also called strobiles, are used in brewing beer. They are used primarily as a flavouring and stability agent in beer, to which they impart a bitter, tangy flavour. Ladies, now we know why men love beer so much!
  • In ancient times, if an Egyptian gentleman offered a lady a sip of his beer they were betrothed. So be careful about who buys you your next beer!
  • The first professional brewers were all women.In ancient and medieval times, the job of making beer fell to women. In some cultures it was considered such an honour that only beautiful or noble women could do it.
  • One of the oldest laws in the world to be passed is related to beer. Babylonian King Hummurabi decreed that each person was to have a daily ration of beer, according to social status. He then went on to say that women would be drowned if they served bad beer.
  • While you’re examining your beer, try an experiment: Tilt the glass to see if foam sticks to the side. If it does, that’s called “Brusselslace,” considered by some to be a sign of high-quality beer — and clean glasses.
  • Zythology is the study of beer and beer making. (just in case you are looking for something to study next year)
  • The noble Saaz hop, used in Hansa, is the most expensive commercially sold hop in the world.
  • The oldest claimed functional brewery in the world is called the Bayerische Staatsbrauerie Weihenstephan near Munich, founded in the year 1040.
  • Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass. Now we know no one wants that, so keep your glass full and drink responsibly