Beer Records: From chugging a beer in 1.3 secs to carrying 20 glasses of it, meet ten of the craziest records involving world's favorite alcoholic drink.
1World 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).
2World 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. Talk about beer records!
3World'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.
4World's Strongest Beer – 55% alcohol
BrewDog have done it again. Not content with winning back the "strongest beer in the world" title with its Sink the Bismarck!, they've upped their game with a new brew that is 55 percent alcohol by volume and carries a $765 price tag. It's called The End of History. Oh, and did we mention that the bottles come in stuffed animals-like stuffed animals that were once alive? The 12 bottles have been made featuring seven dead stoats (a kind of weasel), four squirrels and one rabbit. For those interested in the actual beer, it's a blond Belgian ale with touches of nettles and juniper berries -- and in order to achieve the brain-blasting alcohol content, it had to be created using extreme freezing techniques.
5World'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.
6World Record for Driving over Bottled Beers – 1,789 bottles for 60 m
A Chinese man made a stunning Guinness world record of driving across two rows of bottled beers for over 60 metres in Wenzhou. Li Guiwen, an army driver from Beijing, steered along 1,798 bottles for 60.19 metres in a time of eight minutes and 28 seconds in eastern China's Zhejiang province. He had previously attempted the same record in 2009, but due to rain, the right tyre of his vehicle slipped off the bottle track. Li, who thought of creating this record after a drinking bet with friends, added, "Since the failure last year, I have been training constantly."
7World 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.
8World'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. Fierce international phone bidding pushed up the price at Henry Aldridge auctioneers in Devizes, Wilts. The brown bottle of Lowenbrau lager was discovered in the wreckage by Leroy Smith, a fire chief on the scene. Smith discovered a total of six bottles and a pitcher at the scene of the disaster. He distributed four of the bottles as souvenirs to colleagues and one to the Lowenbrau brewery in 1977, where it still remains.
The previous Guinness world record for the highest price for a single bottle of beer is thought to be around £2,500 and auctioneer Alan Aldridge started bidding at £3,000.
9World's Largest Glass of Beer – 8 ft
The Auld Dubliner Irish Pub filled an 8-foot-tall glass with 430 gallons of Guinness stout and got into the Guinness Book of World Records. The pub's owners had the stout poured as about 400 people crowded into the restaurant and onto the patio to watch as the cup filled. The glass alone weighs 900 pounds and the stout weighs 2,772 pounds.
The previous Guinness world record for the Largest Glass of Beer was set in February 2008, by Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse in Chicago. Harry Caray's created a 4-foot-tall, hexagonal, 100-gallon glass with a handle and spigot for serving. That glass weighed about 1,000 pounds when filled.
10World'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.