Category:
Alcohol

Cat’s Phee on a Gooseberry Bush

Wikipedia cites a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc called "Cat's Pee on a Gooseberry Bush" as an example of "wine humour." The site notes, "Humour is usually rare in the world of wine, and wine jokes may only be amusing to wine obsessives."

Apparently the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms didn't find the name amusing. They forced the maker of the wine to change the name of the U.S. import version to "Cat's Phee on a Gooseberry Bush," which doesn't even make sense.

The 'cat's pee' in the name was a reference to the fact that Sauvignon Blancs are occasionally known to have that scent.



Text from, Drink This: Wine Made Simple by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 15, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Odd Names, Alcohol

Presto Wine

It was powdered wine. You just added some water and sugar, let it sit for a month, and you had wine. For dirt cheap. The stuff was briefly available in the mid-1980s, but then it seems to have fallen afoul of lawmakers who were worried about kids being able to buy this stuff in stores (where it was sold as a food product, no age requirement for purchase).

Wilmington Morning News - May 24, 1984



Popular Mechanics - Feb 1984



Wilmington News Journal - Apr 21, 1984

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 10, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: 1980s, Alcohol

The Beer Parade



I particularly like the church-keys functioning as skis.

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 17, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Stop-motion Animation, 1950s, Alcohol

Follies of the Madmen #362



Wimpiest cocktail name ever.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 29, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Cats, 1960s, Alcohol

Tavern Trove



With over 35,000 items, ranging from beer cans to cocktail napkins, matchbook covers to letterheads and many other tchotchkes, the Tavern Trove site provides many happy hours of browsing into the weird niches of the liquor biz.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 10, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Retailing, Collectors, Alcohol

Old Cawlija



Info at source: "Old Cawlija, a five pound black bass, eats from hand and drinks Falstaff Beer from the can. The tank is placed in front of the Didda-Wa Restaurant."


Posted By: Paul - Sun Apr 08, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Regionalism, Restaurants, Fish, 1950s, Alcohol

Sanatogen Tonic Wine

Back in 2016, Paul posted some ads for Sanatogen Tonic Wine from early in the 20th century. Here are some more ads for this fine product, but from later in the century (1960s), in which the marketing team decided to focus on how this medicinal wine was the cure for a housewife's blues. Feeling bored at home, run-down by the kids? No problem, just take a little swig of Sanatogen and you'll be numb to your problems in no time! "That's lovely... that's better"



Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 31, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Advertising, 1960s, Alcohol

Juice-Head Baby

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 28, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, 1940s, Women, Alcohol

Follies of the Madmen #357



Implicit message: drinking beer is the same as being a scientist.

Source of ad.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 27, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, 1950s, Alcohol

Follies of the Madmen #343



Why is hubby vacuuming during relaxed beer-and-pretzels hour? OCD? Submissive ritual with dominant mistress? Your guess is as good as the copywriter's!



Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 26, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Appliances, 1950s, Alcohol

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