America's largest craft brewery is Yuengling
Yuengling, a staple of East Coast beer drinkers since 1829, is also the largest craft brewer in America, as of 2015. Rounding out the top five are the brewers Boston Beer (Sam Adams), Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and Gambrinus (Shiner). The lesson here is that if you want to one day own a huge craft brewery, you should go back in time and start one at least 30-40 years ago.
You can chill a beer in two minutes
All it takes to chill a beer is ice and salt in a bowl, and stirring it. It's that simple. Who needs a freezer? Seriously, throw your freezer away. Ah crap, you'll probably need that to make the ice. We haven't thought this through enough. For even more beer hacks that will change (the beer-drinking part of) your life, like learning how to disguise your beer as a soda can, we've got you covered.
People were drinking beer 5,000 years ago
For the people/Sumerians lucky enough to live in Mesopotamia in 10,000 BCE (it's located around where Iraq is today), there was beer to drink! None of the beer included hops, which means it probably didn't taste that good, but according to LiveScience.com, people had their pick of eight different barley-based beers, and eight wheat-based.
Abraham Lincoln taxed beer to help pay for the Civil War
You already learned that beer was around 5,000 years ago, but did you also know it was around 150 years ago? It's true! And Honest Abe had some severe budget issues way back then, because fighting the South did not come cheap. It also turns out that many of the German and German-American soldiers drank German-style lagers from American brewers in between literally fighting for their lives. All About Beer writes that non-German soldiers also seemed to enjoy the beer and "drove the number of breweries in America to a peak in the 1870s" -- just over 4,000 breweries -- a number that was only recently eclipsed.
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Lee Breslouer is a senior writer for Thrillist, and wishes he would've opened a brewery before he was born. Follow him to more beer facts: @LeeBreslouer.