🍺 Raise A Pint To This: Everything You Need To Know About The 🍺 Beer Emoji

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Modified: Jul 25, 2022

Walk into any bar, in any city around the world. No matter where you are, you’ll always find beer. Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in the world, and it is also the third most popular drink, after water and tea. Even the emoji world has caught on — we now have beer emojis, the Beer Mug emoji, and many other beer-related emojis.

Beer Brings People Together

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More than being just a brew many people fancy, beer brings people together and impacts the way people unite and interact with their communities. For instance, there’s BeerAdvocate, an online gathering place for beer lovers, and Untappd, an app that explores nearby popular bars, breweries, and top-rated beers.


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Beer has brought people closer together in real life, too. Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer celebration, is a great example. Every year, around six million visitors attend this big event. If Germany is too far for you, there’s no need to sulk or put a 😢 Crying Face emoji over your 🍺 Beer emoji and post it all over your social media accounts, because other countries also have their own Oktoberfest celebration.

Each and every celebration may differ from the other, but they are always rooted in their German origins. Some of the biggest celebrations are in Ireland, Blumenau Brazil, Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Hong Kong. Isn’t it amazing how a drink can bring people together?

But before we go any further, let’s take a walk down memory lane and discover how beer became so popular:

History Of Beer

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No one knows the exact time beer was made. But if there is one thing we are sure of, it’s that the ancient man liked it as much as we do.

Egyptian Pharaohs were buried in vats of beer, Babylonians had recipes for beer, etc. A big reason for their popularity could be because the water wasn’t always potable for some cultures. For certain civilizations, beer was a safer alternative. Could it be possible then, that some of the greatest Babylonian landmarks were made by some tipsy individuals?

Americans Taste For Beer

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In the early 1900s, thousands of breweries existed in the United States. These breweries manufactured heavy, European-style beers. When 1920 came around, most of these breweries converted to soft drinks or went into other forms of business. They were influenced by the Government’s enforcement of Prohibition, a nationwide constitutional ban on the production and sale of alcoholic beverages. But you know what they say: when there is a will, there’s a way.


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Alcohol turned out to be an unstoppable vice despite the best efforts of the law. People began to illegally transport and sell liquor, a term that came to be known as bootlegging. Bootlegged beer was watered down to increase profits. People sold beer mixed with water so they could sell more beer. As time went on, Americans began to like it, and the preference for lighter-tasting beers continued. Take a swig of one German beer and one American beer, and you will immediately see the difference in taste!


Beer Emoji

Nowadays, you don’t have to break the law or even go to a bar to buy beer. You can order beer online through sites like Beer Connect, CraftShack, Drizly, etc. The popularity of beer online has also led to the creation of beer-related merchandise like beer shirts and beer emojis.

What Is The Beer Emoji

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Beer emojis are one of the more popular emojis in the digital realm. It should come as no surprise since nearly every country in the entire world enjoys drinking beer. Some sites name their Beer emoji, the 🍺 Beer Mug emoji. Whatever name it may be known, the design and outward appearance look nearly the same.

Overall, the 🍺 Beer emoji is an image of a mug of beer frothing and spilling over the top. Unicode 6.0, the first version of the Unicode Standard to support emoji,  introduced the emoji in October 2010. Did you know that the Beer emoji is currently the 246th ranked emoji on social media platforms? Out of 3,304 emojis in the emoji universe, that isn’t bad!

How To Use The Beer Emoji

The Beer emoji represents drinking, celebration, or a guys’ night out. Want to ask a friend if they want to go out and get a beer or to come over to their house with a bottle of beer? You know what to do!

Example: What a day I had at work. Want to go out for a 🍺?
Example: I haven’t seen the squad in a while! Time for a boy’s night out at the pub near the corner 🍺 We can watch the latest NBA game there!

How To Type The Beer Emoji

You can use the Beer emoji on computers, tablets, and smartphones. However, your device needs to support this emoji in order for you to use it. If it does not support it, you won’t be able to use the emoji, as simple as that. To include the emoji in your social media posts, just go to the page with the Beer emoji and copy the emoji character on the left. You can also add the shortcode :beer: to add the emoji to your posts and messages. Isn’t that cool?

Beer Emoji On Other Platforms

Apple’s Version

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Different platforms display the Beer emoji in different ways. On Apple and iOS devices, it has a sharper hue. The color of the liquid is closest to what beer looks like, basically a combination of yellow, amber, brown, and black. You can also see a little bit of the beer sediment at the bottom of the mug.

The beer sediment is what happens when it sits on a shelf and protein particles fall out of solution, then end up at the bottom, creating a thin layer of white particles. The older the beer, the more sediment it will have. That said, it’d be safe to say Apple’s Beer emoji was probably patterned after an older type of beer.

Samsung’s Version

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Samsung ‘s Beer Emoji design is similar to Apple’s Beer emoji in terms of color and shade. But the mug in Samsung’s Beer emoji is smaller and more square-shaped. Also, the froth falls to the left side of the glass. You’ll see Samsung’s latest version of the Beer emoji on devices like the Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Note series.

Facebook’s Version

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What a journey it’s been for Facebook’s Beer emoji. The Beer emoji that appears on Facebook has gone through many versions, eight to be exact. The first version was released on February 1, 2015, approximately five years ago. The very first Beer emoji had a white border, blue edging, and blurred appearance.

History Of Facebook’s Version

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In a span of five years, Facebook’s Beer emoji has gone through a total of eight updates. Facebook’s latest update, known as Facebook 4.0, the fourth version of Facebook, includes Facebook’s latest version of the Beer emoji. This was released on August 14, 2019.

There is a subtle difference in the appearance of the Beer emoji of Facebook 4.0 and the Beer emoji of Facebook 3.0, the color of the liquid in the mug of Facebook 3.1 is slightly darker than the color of the liquid in the mug of the Beer emoji of Facebook 4.0.

That said, you’re probably asking yourself if the differences are so subtle, why do the emojis change their appearance at all? In some cases, some icons look different on other platforms. For example, Apple’s version can be so far off from Samsung’s version. When this happens,  some social media apps or operating systems change the sizes or color of their emoji to match the appearance of the emoji on other social media apps or operating systems.

Google’s Version

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There’s an interesting story behind Google’s Beer emoji. It all began when Google released Android 8.0 Oreo, the 15th version of the Android mobile operating system. The Beer emoji in this version contained a mug that was half full of frothing foam at the top. This bothered a lot of people and even got a response from Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Pichai vowed to drop everything just to fix it!

Google’s Controversy

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So, what were people so mad about? Based on users’ social media comments, the emoji looked unrealistic. According to them, froth appears at the top of a mug only when the mug is full. It never appears at the top when the mug is HALF full. Google fixed the problem by including a fixed-up version of the emoji in Android Oreo 8.1, a souped-up version of Android 8.0.

The Android 8.1 version is what is presently seen on Google, the mug of the Beer emoji is filled to the brim with beer and a white, cloud-like froth appears at the top. Bubbles appear at the left side of the mug, and two white stripes symbolizing ice appear on the right.

WhatsApp’s Version

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WhatsApp’s Beer emoji is different from all the other emojis because it is the only Beer emoji with its handle positioned on the left, with foam dripping from its right side. WhatsApp’s Beer emoji first appeared on WhatsApp 2.17, released on October 23, 2017.

WhatsApp 2.17 is the first non-beta version of WhatsApp to include new emojis for Android users. WhatsApp’s latest version of the Beer emoji appears on WhatsApp 2.19.352, WhatsApp’s major update of 2019. 230 new emojis in this update, along with a few tweaks to existing designs (like with the Beer emoji).

Twitter’s Version

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Twitter’s Beer emoji is a little more cartoonish than the rest. Both the mug and the froth coming out of it look like it’s been pulled out of the page of a comic strip! The mug is bright yellow-orange, with three vertical lines in front. The foam coming out of the mug looks like cotton candy.

History Of Twitter’s Version

Twitter stats consistently show the support it gives the Beer emoji, from as far back as November 6, 2014, the day Twitter released Twitter Twemoji 1.0, Twitter’s first version of its open-source emoji set. In a span of six years, the Beer emoji on Twitter went through a record 23 updates, the last one being the Beer emoji you now see on Twitter. The Beer emoji that currently appears on Twitter belongs to Twemoji 12.1.5, the first Twemoji release to provide support for Emoji 12.1, the first set of emojis released in 2019.

Microsoft’s Version

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Microsoft is one of the first vendors to support the Beer emoji. The emoji made its initial appearance on Windows 8.0, an operating system designed by Microsoft. Windows 8.0 introduced an all-new user interface for Windows that included features like the Start screen, Live Tiles, and hot corners. Windows 8.0 was released on October 26, 2012.

History Of Microsoft’s Version

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In terms of appearance, the Beer emoji first released by Windows 8.0 looked more like a black tumbler than a mug. The design of the emoji grew over time, but if there is one thing that didn’t change, it’s the black border surrounding the symbol, an identifying symbol visible in all of Microsoft’s emojis.

After the first release, Microsoft rolled out nine more versions of the Beer emoji over a span of eight years, culminating in its latest version released In May 2019. Microsoft’s current Beer emoji was packaged along with Microsoft’s Windows May 10, 2019 update.

In terms of its appearance, Microsoft’s Beer emoji resembles a cartoon or caricature. It has a transparent base, transparent handle, and froth coming out of its left side.


Express Your Love Of Beer With Beer-Related Emojis

Beer is a top celebratory drink. You can’t bring up the word beer and NOT think of birthdays, weddings, sporting events, funerals, and other special occasions. When you think of beer, feelings of happiness, love, and passion usually rise to the surface. These concepts are what most likely inspired good vibes-inducing, beer-related emojis like the 🍻 Clinking Beer Mugs emoji and the 🥂 Clinking Glasses emoji.


Clinking Beer Mugs Emoji

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The 🍻 Clinking Beer Mugs emoji is an image of two beer mugs bumping into one another like they were making a toast. The Clinking Beer Mugs emoji was released as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010. Unicode 6.0 is the first version of the Unicode Standard to support emojis.

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Almost all major operating systems and social media platforms support the Clinking Beer Mugs emoji. Apple, Google, Samsung, Windows, and Twitter all have their own versions of this fun and festive emoji. To add to that, out of all the previously mentioned platforms, Google and Twitter’s versions have three rays on top of the image to represent the clicking motion.

How To Use The Clinking Beer Mugs Emoji

The Clinking Beer Mugs emoji represents topics related to bar, beer, making a toast, or topics related to a drink or a mug.

Example: I won’t be at your victory party later, so sorry about that. Hope you will still allow me to greet  you online… congrats on your promotion 🍻
Example: Cheers to 10 years of friendship 🍻 May we have many, many more years of awesome memories together!


Clinking Glasses Emoji

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Level up your invites with the 🥂 Clinking Glasses emoji. A more sophisticated version of the Clinking Beer Mugs emoji, the Clinking Glasses emoji is an image of two champagne glasses being clinked together, as done at a celebratory toast. In terms of appearance, Champagne flutes have a more sophisticated appearance than beer mugs and are used in more formal type gatherings.

History Of The Clinking Glasses Emoji

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In terms of its place in history, the Clinking Glasses emoji was formally introduced to the public as part of Unicode 9.0 back in 2016. Unicode 9.0 is the 9th version of the Unicode Standard released on June 21, 2016. Currently, the Clinking Glasses emoji is supported on nearly all operating systems and social media platforms, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook, to name a few.  Out of all these versions, the Clinking Glasses emoji on Google, Twitter, and JoyPixels look different from all the rest because they’ve got three rays on top of one, or both glasses, to mark the clinking.

Use Of The Clinking Glasses Emoji

The Clinking Glasses emoji represents celebration. People use this emoji on birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries. When two champagne glasses clink together, you’re telling the other person holding the glass, “Congratulations,” or “Happy New Year,” or “Happy Anniversary.”

Example: Congratulations, Anna, on your engagement! 🥂We will definitely be there on your special day!
Example: The latest season of Money Heist is premiering on Netflix tomorrow 🥂 I canceled all my weekend plans for this!



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So, there you have it, the story behind one of the most beloved drinks in the world, from its days as a common drink in Ancient Egyptian and Mespoptamia to its digital presence as a popular Beer emoji. Any way you see it, the brewing industry is incredibly successful. Financially speaking, it is a billion-dollar global business composed of huge multinational companies and many thousands of smaller producers, from regional breweries to pubs down the street.

The history of beer is quite a fascinating tale, for sure, but have you ever wondered just why it is so popular? Perhaps the answer is as simple as this – people love beer because it brings people together, it provides them with hope, it reminds them that no matter what country you’re from, no matter how hard life may get, there’s always a reason to celebrate.