Monday, May 13, 2013

Beer Trivia

The brewery gets asked to participate in trivia nights at bars and restaurants once in a while.  We hang around, talk about the beer, donate some prizes and generally have some fun.  We also decided that we should offer to supply some beer trivia questions just for such evenings.  But since all the answers to trivia questions are already on the internet, we post these as a self-trivia challenge or for use at your next trivia night.  We just ask that you have a pint of one of our beers in recognition of the several hundred of hours of research we did to come up with the list and confirm the correctness of the answers.*

*Answers not guaranteed to be correct, but they seemed right after a few River City Reds one night.

Questions presented above and then questions and answers together below.  Enjoy.


1. Name five styles of beer:



2. What is the primary difference between an Ale yeast and a Lager yeast?


3. Name one piece of the brew house besides the Brew Kettle:


4. After mashing in and sparging, the brew process creates a liquid called what?


5. Alcohol is created during fermentation by the interaction of yeast with what substance found in the wort?


6. How many gallons of beer are in a standard 1/2 barrel keg?


7. According to ancient German law, the Rienheitsgebot, what are the only three ingredients allowed in the production of beer?



8. Beer was first brewed by which group - the Egyptians, the Romans, or the Aztecs?


9. True or False: The Mayflower ship bringing pilgrims to America stopped at Plymouth Rock because of beer?


10. The initials in the beer style IPA stand for what?



11. Select either A or B: During the colonial expansion of the United Kingdom, beer was either a) made in the colonies and shipped to Britain or b) made in Britain and shipped to the colonies.



Questions presented with answers:


1. Name five styles of beer:

Answers include: Amber, Blonde, Bitter, Bock, Brown, Cream, Golden, Hefewiezen, IPA (India Pale Ale),  Lambic, Pale, Pilsner, Red, Scotch, Stout and many others (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_beer_styles). 


2. What is the primary difference between an Ale yeast and a Lager yeast?


Ale yeast is a top fermenting yeast, while lager is a bottom fermenting yeast.  Lagers also ferment at lower temperatures and for a longer period of time.


3. Name one piece of the brew house besides the Brew Kettle:

Include Mash Tun, Lauter Tun, Hop Back.


4. After mashing in and sparging, the brew process creates a liquid called what?

Wort


5. Alcohol is created during fermentation by the interaction of yeast with what substance found in the wort?

Sugar


6. How many gallons of beer are in a standard 1/2 barrel keg?

15.5 gallons


7. According to ancient German law, the Rienheitsgebot, what are the only three ingredients allowed in the production of beer?

Water, barley and hops.


8. Beer was first brewed by which group - the Egyptians, the Romans, or the Aztecs?

The Egyptians approximately 7,000 years ago (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_beer).  Do not believe drunken Belgians when they claim that they did.


9. True or False: The Mayflower ship bringing pilgrims to America stopped at Plymouth Rock because of beer?

True - The Mayflower ship was running low on supplies of beer and therefore didn't continue to their original destination further south but disembarked there.  Also, there are disputes about some of the why and how, but the answer is still true under all of these variations.


10. The initials in the beer style IPA stand for what?

India Pale Ale


11. Select either A or B: During the colonial expansion of the United Kingdom, beer was either a) made in the colonies and shipped to Britain or b) made in Britain and shipped to the colonies.

B - By law, all beer was made in Britain and shipped to the colonies.  It was prohibited for the colonies to make their own beer.  This is how IPA was created - they discovered that beers with more hops lasted longer because it is a natural preservative, so the beer going to India had extra hops so that it lasted during the long journey around Africa better.

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