World Beer Trivia's Content Information
|An 1897 French poster (Eng. trans: "Beers of the Meuse") promoting French beers brewed in the Meuse region of northern France. The artist is the Czech-born illustrator Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939). The beer-drinking woman has hops (used in brewing beer) and bright red poppies in her hair.|
World Beer Trivia (WBT) is a wide-ranging collection of contemporary and historical beer trivia originating in the United States and Planet Earth's other beer-drinking countries. The consumption motto of WBT is: Beer drinking (in moderation) is a lifestyle, a noble calling as pedigreed as its alcoholic cousin, wine drinking. The WBT content is simply what interests the American compiler (John W. Perry) during a beer-research day, usually after a beer-drinking night. The literature about beer, one of humankind's oldest beverages, is massive, encompassing academic research, popular books, magazine and newspaper articles, and a proliferation of websites. Each time WBT's compiler spends a U.S. $1 bill or a nickel (5-cent coin), he thinks about beer: The early American presidents George Washington (depicted on the $1 bill) and Thomas Jefferson (depicted on the nickel) were beer drinkers. Washington may have encouraged the home-brewing of beer on his estate in Virginia, and Jefferson had a small beer brewery build on his Virginia estate. Like WBT, both Washington and Jefferson would agree with the 19th-century American author Edgar Allan Poe: "What care I how time advances ... I am drinking ale today."
The trivia is presented in two formats: brief, headlined prose units (often illustrated) and one-sentence factlets -- fact plus the suffix let ("small one").
All illustrations are from the WBT's artwork files unless credited to a different source. In the text of selected trivia items, a paragraph labeled "illustration commentary" replaces the traditional below-the-image caption and provides detailed information about the displayed illustration.
Captions for WBT's Rotating Banner Images
There are eight rotating banner images on this website. Each single image displays for a specified period of time and then changes to another image.
Bearded Russian. Printed in Saint Petersburg, this artwork decorates a 1909 Russian advertising poster promoting an international beer exhibition.
Beer-drinking polar bears. Detail of an American advertisement for lager beer, printed in Baltimore, Maryland, around 1877. The ad's chilly title is: "Fresh and Cold -- Direct from the North Pole."
Woman with beer tankard. The artwork is by a Czech artist who created it for an 1897 French poster promoting French-brewed beers. (The full poster with extended caption decorates this web page.)
Beer-barrel wagon and goats. A late 19th-century advertisement for lager beer, printed in Boston, Massachusetts. The beer-barrel wagon is pulled by goats with a dancing, beer-drinking satyr -- a woodland god -- on each side.
Brewmaster with mug of beer. Detail of an American advertisement for lager beer, created and printed in the state of New York around 1879. The banner's image is revered and the words "A Healthy Drink" on the brewmaster's apron have been removed, otherwise the lettering would be backward.
Russian beer barrel. Detail of a 1903 advertisement for a Russian beer with a German-associated name (New Bavaria). The artwork, depicting images of medieval Russia, is by the Russian artist Ivan Bilibans (1876-1942) who today is remembered for his illustrations of Russian fairy tales.
French barmaid. An 1882 painting by the French artist Edouard Manet (1832-1883). Titled "Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère" ("The Bar at the Folies-Bergère"), it was exhibited in Paris the same year. The scene is in the Folies-Bergère nightclub in Paris. Beer in bottles can be seen on the painting's left and right edges.
German beer-drinking scene. A 1910 German postcard humorously depicting a thirsty beer drinker in a beer hall, a large pub that specializes in beer. It is not known if the dog in the illustration is a canine beer drinker.
Trivia word-origin factlet: The oldest linguistic ancestor of the modern word trivia (unimportant factual information) is the Medieval Latin word trivium ("place where three roads meet," a public square) that during Europe's Middle Ages (476 CE to 1453 CE) came to mean the lower division of a university course of study -- that is, grammar, rhetoric, and logic, subjects primarily of interest to undergraduate students. Source: The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford, 1993).