10 Things That Were Created Over Beer

Great Things Created Over a Few Beers
Everyone enjoys a few drinks at their local bar or pub, but have you ever stopped to wonder what types of innovations or even business ventures was created over those brews? Sure, most of those ideas are made in drunken stupor and never actually come to life – but there are some big things that have been created successfully over a few beers – which only motives entrepreneurs more to consider doing some business-centric brainstorming over a pint.

Southwest Airlines
The affordable airline guru was in fact created over a few brews. The idea was originally created as an idea of running quick commuter services between Dallas, San Antonio and Houston using a triangular flight route. While today Southwest Airlines flies to much more than those three cities, it was because of that meeting over those beers that established this well-known and used airline.

The Pet Rock
It should make sense to just about anyone that the idea of a “pet” rock was conceived after one too many beers. The two owners came upon this idea after discussing how much of a commitment traditional pets were – establishing that the rock was the ideal pet alternative.

“A Few Good Men”
The man behind the infamous movie, Aaron Sorkin, was actually throwing back quite a few brews when he started up with the idea. He organized those thoughts on a napkin in the bar before making it official.

The Marines
The marines were established in 1775 during a committee of the Continental Congress, where they met at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. Who would have thought that a powerful military branch would be created over brews at the local tavern?

Shark Week
Beers, peanuts and…sharks? It might sound a little out there, but the theory of Shark Week was created on the back of a cocktail napkin. During a post-work brainstorming session with Discovery Channel executives the idea of this shark-loving week was created.

If you are a fan of Harry Potter, you don’t need to hear much more. J.K. Rowling’s creation of the game Quidditch was created in a pub after having a fight with her boyfriend at the time – because she pondered about how she would like to see him hit by a bludger in the game.

Buffalo Wings
There’s a reason is it a popular choice at bars – it was created there. The Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York accidentally received a shipment of chicken wings instead of their ordered chicken parts. So, they created a coating for the wings and served them up with the traditional blue cheese dressing and celery to create one of the most well-loved treats in bar food to this day.

Farrington B.
Have you ever looked at a credit card to see the squared-off letters and numbers looking back at you? These were invented in a bar at the Waldorf-Astoria when inventor David H. Shepard was inviting the optical card reader. He established the font, Farrington B., to combat the smudging and smearing that occurred with optical recognition.

The Magi
Plenty of the best literature in the world was created over a drink (or five). The Book, The Gift of the Magi, was created in the early 1900s at a local tavern by author O. Henry’s home.

Ironman Triathlon
As one of the world’s biggest events dedicated to feats of strength and maximum endurance, this event was in fact dreamt up over a few beers at a banquet – probably one of the better ideas made up out of the bar scene.

While you do not have to come up with anything outrageous, do you ever wonder what you and some creative minds could come up with over a few beers? The key is good beers and great conversation – two things that are possible as long as you know where to find them. You don’t have to leave your home to have great beer either; instead, you can have it delivered to your door with a Beer of the Month Club. Revuezzle has been scrutinizing some of the biggest names in brew clubs to find the very best. From the Micro Beer Club to Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, check out our reviews, order up some brews and see what you can work up with friends and family.

Shailynn is a word slinger, chef, Pinterest addict and adult coloring book collector. As our Operations Manager and Senior Researcher/Editor, you will find Shailynn busy finding new companies and topics to research, but also handling the crazy day-to-day on the backend – and by crazy…we mean all of us. She attended the International Culinary Institute, where she studied pastry arts and she worked as an executive pastry chef before hanging up her chef’s hat and decided to work from home as a writer. She is a fanatic for a great cup of coffee or wonderful glass of wine! Shailynn is a mother of three and married to a handsome firefighter.

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