Happy Beer Day Iceland
Beer Day in Iceland marks the abolition, on March 1 1989, of a 75-year long prohibition of alcohol.
- 9500 BC. Beers is one of the world's oldest prepared beverages, recorded in the written history of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia in the early Neolithic. Ninkasi - ancient Sumerian matron goddess of beer (this is how we imagine she
might look like).
- 7th century AD. Beer was being produced and sold by European monasteries.
- Today. More than 133 billion liters (35 billion gallons), the equivalent of a cube 510 metres on side, of beer are sold per year, producing total global revenues of $294.5 billion (£147.7 billion).
- Varietes. Famous types of beer and their alcohol content by volume: 1) Heineken (Pale Lager) - 5%; 2) Samuel Adams (Pale Ale) - 5.4%; 3) Budweiser (Pilsener) - 5%; 4) Murphy's (Irish Red Ale) - 5%; 5) Leffe (Brown Ale) - 6.5%;
6) Guiness (Dark Lager) - 4.5%.
Infographic by Weemss