It was the accepted practice in Babylonia 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law
with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because
calendar was lunar based, this period was called the "honey month" or
we know today as the "honeymoon".
Before thermometers were invented, brewers would dip a thumb or finger
into the mix to find the right temperature for adding yeast. Too cold,
and the yeast wouldn't grow. Too hot, and the yeast would die. This
thumb in the beer is where we get the phrase "rule of thumb".
In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England,
when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind
their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's where we get the
"mind your P's and Q's".
Beer was the reason the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. It's cleae
the Mayflower's log that the crew didn't want to waste beer looking for
better site. The log goes on to state that the passengers "were hasted
ashore and made to drink water that the seamen might have the more
After consuming a bucket or two of vibrant brew they called aule or ale,
the Vikings would head fearlessly into battle often without armor or
shirts. In fact, the term "berserk" means "bare shirt" in Norse, and
eventually took on the meaning of their wild battles.
In 1740 Admiral Vernon of the British fleet decided to water down the
navy's rum. Needless to say, the sailors weren't too pleased and called
Admiral Vernon "Old Grog", after the stiff wool grogram coats he wore.
The term "grog" soon began to mean the watered down drink itself. When
you were drunk on this grog, you were "groggy".
Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the
rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they
used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle", is the phrase
inspired by this practice.
Now you can appreciate the importance of BEER throughout history.