Top 7 Beer RecordsWednesday, September 15, 2010 12:00
People love beer, people drink beer, people make the beer’s records.
#1 World Record for Most Beer Pints Balanced on the Head – 237 pints
In June 2010, John Evans set a new world record for most beer pints balanced on his head: 237. Evans, the world’s pre-eminent head-balancer has also balanced a Mini Cooper on his head.
#2 World’s Most expensive Bottle of Beer – $16,000
A bottle of Lowebrau lager, recovered from the wreckage of the German airship Hindenburg after it burst into flames as it moored at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 6, 1937, sold for over $16,000 (£10,810)-setting the new world record for the Most expensive Bottle of Beer. The Most expensive Bottle of Beer, heat-damaged but still sealed, was sold with an account of its recovery signed by Mr Smith.
#3 World Record for Beer Chugging – 1.3 secs
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Steven Petrosino is the Beer Chugging World Champion. On June 22, 1977, he drank 1 liter of beer in 1.3 seconds at the Gingerbreadman in Carlise, PA, a 56% improvement over the previous world record set several years earlier by Peter Dowdeswell of England (2.3 seconds for 1 liter).
#4 World Record for Beer Glasses Carrying – 20 glasses
An Australian beat the Germans at their own boozy game, smashing the world record for carrying stein glasses full of beer. Bavarian-born restaurant manager Reinhard Wurtz, an Australian citizen, broke the record for carrying one-litre steins of beer, when he carried 20 for 40 metres last. With each beer-filled stein weighing at least 2.5 kilograms, Mr Wurtz carried 50 kilograms of beer and glass in the record-breaking effort. The previous record of 16 steins was held by German barmaid Anita Schwartz.
World’s Bitterest Beer
Peter Fowler, 58, who has been brewing since 1975 and runs Pitstop Brewery created the eight per cent beer The Hop, rated for its bitterness at 323 International Bittering Units – setting the new world record for the Bitterest beer. The previous Guinness world record for the Bitterest beer was about 200, for an American beer Devil Dance Triple IPA. Two independent laboratories in Sunderland and Kalamazoo, Michigan, have confirmed The Hop is more bitter than any other beer on sale that has been tested. To claim the world record, Mr Fowler used powerful hop varieties of Simcoe, Centennial and Chinnok, and added hop extract Isolone to preserve the extreme bitterness. American laboratory Kalsec Inc rated its bitterness at 323 International Bittering Units (IBUs); the highest previously recorded is around 200, for an American beer Devil Dance Triple IPA.
#6 World’s Biggest House made of Beer Mats – 300,000 beer coasters
Probably inspired by the candy-house from Hansel and Gretel, 21-year-old Sven Goebel decided to build a house out of beer coasters. This five room flat that Goebel built was furnished with a fireplace, arm chairs and a table using around 300,000 beer coasters. But to claim the record title, he had to prove no adhesives had been used to hold his structure together. So the creator sealed his Guinness World Record, by pulling it down.
#7 World’s longest-serving bartender – 77 years
Angelo Cammarata is, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s longest-serving bartender. At Cammarata’s Cafe, the West View watering hole, he’s been pouring for most of his 77 years of tending bar. But now, the place which he still helps his sons John and Frank run has been sold, and the Cammaratas will be out of there within weeks when the new owners are approved by the state. “Camm,” as people call him, started serving beer at his father’s North Side grocery the moment Prohibition ended at midnight on April 7, 1933. The memory is as clear to him as the strike of the library clock that signaled it was time to start opening bottles of Fort Pitt. His immigrant father built a bar on that site in 1935 and Angelo kept working there, taking a break to serve in the Navy in World War II. In 1971 he sold the bar to his sons. In September 2009, the Café was sold and Camm, 95, decided it was time to retire.