The First State Brewer’s Beer History Quiz

Here is a quiz I gave at an FSB meeting a few years ago. All of these questions were derived from the book Prost!, by Horst Dornbusch. Do you know any of the answers without looking them up?

  1. What is the name of the Bavarian beer purity law of 1516? (You should all know this, but can you spell it and do you know how to pronounce it?)
  2. In 1553, summer brewing is outlawed in Bavaria. What was the result of brewing only in winter?
  3. What did Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek discover in 1674?
  4. What was the name of the first commercial doppelbock brewed by the Paulaner monks of Munich in 1780?
  5. What chemical process in brewing did Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, discover in 1789?
  6. What was outlawed in Cologne in 1603 to defend the local Kolsch ale?
  7. What occurred in 1810 to celebrate the marriage between the Bavarian crown prince Ludwig I and Princess Theresa von Sachsen-Hildburghausen?
  8. What was invented in 1818 that made the production of pale malts and pale beers possible?
  9. Who invented the hydrometer in 1843?
  10. Who discovered that heating beer to 145 °F (63 °C) for thirty minutes kills bacteria or other organisms it may contain? This resulted in an increased shelf life of beer in hermetically sealed containers.
  11. What did the German engineer, Carl von Linde, invent for the brewing industry in 1873 that contributed to the spread of lager brewing?
  12. In 1881, what did Emil Christian Hansen do as the head of the laboratory of the Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen to contribute to the development of beer?
  13. In 1890, the British chemist Cornielius O’Sullivan discovered the last missing link in the understanding of the beer making process. What did he discover?

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