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11 Amazing Things You Didn't Know About Beer

Let's be honest, beer is brilliant. It's also a really interesting brew. Check out these fantastic tidbits of pub trivia brought to you by the Britain's Beer Alliance.

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4. There are cosmic alcohol clouds floating about in space.

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The reactions that took place to create it took about 10,000 years – which is the longest brewing process we've ever heard of. The bad news about this vast cloud of ethanol alcohol is that it's not as close as your local; it's 10,000 light years away in the constellation of Aquila.

5. Beer was invented by women.

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Beer's been around for 10,000 years – and for most of that time it was brewed at home by women. In ancient Greece women drank beer and men drank wine, which is why the pagan deities of beer are all female and the pagan deities of wine are male. Seriously – thank you, ladies.

7. We've got beer to thank for the pyramids.

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Why? Because Egyptian pyramid builders were paid in beer. They loved it so much that they'd strike if not given their rations. Ancient Egyptians drank two kinds of beer: one called heket or tenemu and another called kha-ahmet.

There's so much more to beer than you think. And Britain's Beer Alliance can help you find the beer for you. Follow @BeerForThat on Twitter and find them on Facebook to discover more.