A highlight of the 2013 OKBio BrewFest was the Beer Trivia contest that challenged participants to answer 10 tough questions about their favorite subject. i2E’s David Thomison read the questions and the multiple choice answers. No one got all 10 correct.
Here are the questions, with the answers at the end.
Question 1: When the monks in the Middle Ages fasted, they were still allowed to drink beverages. And their favorite??…beer of course! What was the legal amount of beer each monk was allowed to drink a day? A quart? A liter? Or over a gallon?
Question 2: As all the brewers here know, a great deal of chemistry and biology goes into brewing a good beer. What is the terminology of the study of fermentation? Is it…? 1) Zymurgy 2) Etymology? or 3) Beerology?
Question 3: In ancient Egypt, how was beer used in constructing the Great Pyramids of Giza? In fact, without it, the Pyramids would not have been built. Was it used to….1) Mix with sand to create a primitive grout? was it… 2) Payment to the millions of workers? or did it… 3) Help to finance the project?
Question 4: How many different ways of transporting beer can you think of? Bottles…glass…cans…kegs. Well in China, what unique way can you buy and transport beer? 1) In a plastic Buddha statue? 2) In a plastic bag like you get from Wal-mart? or 3) In an empty plastic milk jug?
Question 5: Beer that goes bad can ruin a party. Fortunately, science can help you prevent such disasters. Though many people blame age or prolonged refrigeration for a bad beer’s “skunked” taste, what is the actual cause of a spoiled brew? Is it 1) Bacteria? #2) Does gingivitis cause the “skunked” taste? or 3) is it from too much exposure to light ?
Question 6: Did you know that beer is actually good for the bones? Seriously, while beer is not likely to qualify as a health food anytime soon, it does contain at least one ingredient that’s good for you. Name that ingredient….is it 1) Protein? 2) Silicon? or 3) Whole grains?
Question 7: Who is the Patron Saint of Brewing? Is it 1) Saint Patrick? 2) Saint Bernard? or 3) Saint Arnold?
Question 8: Chicha is a traditional Peruvian corn beer that is said to date back to Incan times. Its secret ingredient is extremely strange: Is it… 1) Cricket mandibles? 2) Chicken egg shells? or 3) is it human saliva?
Question 9: There is a UK brewery called BrewDog who in 2011, came out with a new beer product called The End of History. How was this beer packaged? 1) It comes inside a real, dead animal? Or 2) The bottom of the beer bottle has a cyanide pill incased in the glass? or 3) It has a picture of Princess Diana as the beer label?
Question 10: Crystal clear beer is an indication of what? 1) too much light during the malting stage? 2) too much water was absorbed into the grain during the Milling process? 3) or is it neither of these answers?
If you are still stumped, here are your answer:
1: Over a gallon
3: Payment to workers
4: Plastic bag
7: Saint Arnold
8: Human saliva
9: Dead animal
10: Neither, it means someone is giving you water to sober you up!