See How Much Beer $1 Would Buy You Around the World

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For many travelers, sampling a foreign country's beer can be the highlight of a trip. But just as the beer selection varies depending on what part of the world you're in, so does the price of a pint. If you're planning an international pub crawl, refer to the graphic below to see how far your dollar will get you in 63 countries.

Amica put together this list of beer prices around the world using a U.S. dollar as the standard monetary benchmark and a 568-milliliter pint to represent one glass of beer. No one part of the world has a monopoly on cheap beer, according to the chart: In Paraguay, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Ukraine, and Nigeria, you can get full pints for $1 or close to it.

Sadly, in other countries that same amount of cash will barely afford you a sip. Iceland has the most expensive brews, with an average pint there selling for $12.75. Norway comes out as the second-most expensive place for beer-drinkers, with beer costing $11.30 on average, followed by the United Arab Emirates at $10.83 and Israel at $9.43 a pint.

Nearly $13 for a beer sounds pricey, but that's affordable compared to some other novelty beers that have hit the market. If you're looking to spend upwards of $100 on a single bottle, there are breweries around the world that can help you out.

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Remembering the Deadly London Beer Flood of 1814

London's Horseshoe Brewery
London's Horseshoe Brewery
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In the fall of 1814, one of history's most bizarre disasters befell London when a 15-foot wave of beer flooded an entire neighborhood and left eight people dead.

The Horse Shoe Brewery on Tottenham Court Road in London boasted a massive 22-foot-tall vat that held some 160,000 gallons of dark porter. On October 17, 1814, one of the metal hoops meant to secure it snapped, and the wooden vat succumbed to the immense pressure of all that fermenting brew. The gushing beer smashed open the brewery's other vats, resulting in a raging sea of beer that burst forth from the building.

Over 1 million liters of beer flooded out onto the road and raced through the St. Giles neighborhood. The area was crammed with crowded slums, and many inhabitants couldn't escape in time. According to The Independent: "Hannah Banfield, a little girl, was taking tea with her mother, Mary, at their house in New Street when the deluge hit. Both were swept away in the current, and perished."

Others who were gathered in a cellar for a wake were caught by surprise by the flood and drowned in beer. A wall of a nearby pub crumbled and crushed a 14-year-old girl who was standing next to it. In total, eight people perished in the accident.

Unsubstantiated rumors persist that rowdy locals brought pots and pans to the river of beer in an attempt to round up free drinks. In reality though, the citizens of St. Giles were lauded in the press for their help with the rescue efforts, keeping quiet in the aftermath in order to help listen for the screams of their trapped neighbors.

This story has been updated for 2020.