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Inebriation and Intoxicants

Miller Clear Beer

One of the most notorious marketing failures in the beer industry: Miller's decision to create a beer that not only tasted like water, but looked like it as well. It was an outgrowth of the "clear craze" of the 1980s and 90s (making transparent products because, as wikipedia notes, "clarity was equated with purity and freedom from artificial dyes").





Staunton News Leader - June 27, 1993

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 29, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Products, 1990s

Malt Duck

Introduced in 1972, this was a combination of beer and red grape juice. So, like a beer-wine, which sounds odd to me, but apparently it had quite a few fans. It stayed on the market through the 1980s, and in 2016 the Sprecher Brewing Company decided to bring back a new version of it altered to appeal to "contemporary taste preferences."





A review of its modern incarnation:

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 06, 2018 - Comments (7)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Alcohol

Cognac and yogurt

Trénais is a wonderful marriage between the finest cognac from Charente and the smooth, light yogurt of Holland.


Not a combination that would have occurred to me. But who knows. Perhaps it was really good.

Apparently this product was, like Touch of Yogurt Shampoo, an attempt to cash in on the yogurt craze that was sweeping America at the time.

Texas Monthly - Nov 1983



The Santa Clarita Signal - Aug 24, 1983

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 06, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, 1980s

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

Wine on Tap, version 2.0

We've previously we've posted about wine on tap in hotel rooms. Such as the Hotel Terminus in France, which in 1953 ran pipes through the walls to achieve this.

There's now a more high-tech alternative. The Plum Dispenser is a $1500 gadget that stores several bottles of wine, but dispenses a glass at a time — allowing hotel guests to buy a single glass in their room rather than a whole bottle. It's basically wine on tap. Though the prices aren't cheap:

At La Confidante, the Plum in every room dispenses Evesham Wood pinot noir from Oregon ($5.25 for a 2-ounce glass; 5 oz. for $16) and Justin sauvignon blanc ($4, $12) from Paso Robles.

$16 for 5 ounces of wine? You could go to a local supermarket and buy an entire bottle for that.

More info: North Bay Business



The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pennsylvania) - Jan 7, 1954

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 12, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Inventions

Karen Eland - Coffee Artist

Artist Karen Eland specializes in painting with coffee and beer. I think that the coffee painting came first, and she later diversified into beer.

It makes me wonder how many other drinks it's possible to paint with. Wine? Whiskey? Coke? Root Beer?

Her website: KarenElandArt.com



Mona Latte, 1998



The Drinker, 2011

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 24, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Coffee and other Legal Stimulants

Drank Embalming Fluid

The Lima News - Feb 2, 1919


This 1919 news report of two railroad employees who drank from a barrel of alcohol, not aware that it was being used to preserve two human skeletons enroute to a medical school, sounds a lot like the "corpse in the cask" urban legend.

The legend, which dates back at least to the nineteenth century, played on the fear of accidental cannibalism. As explained by Jan Harold Brunvand in his Encyclopedia of Urban Legends:

In the legend, an English family discovers a barrelful of rum stored in the basement of an old house they recently purchased. Over the course of a year or two they consume the rum in drinks and cooking; then they cut the barrel in half to use it as a planter. Inside they find the body of a man who had been shipped home from the colonies long ago, preserved in spirits.

In one version of the tale, following the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 the body of Lord Nelson was preserved in a barrel of brandy, from which sailors sipped as it made its way back to England, inspiring the expression "tapping the admiral."

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 04, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Inebriation and Intoxicants, 1910s

Fog Vodka

California distillery, Hangar 1, is now selling a vodka made out of genuine San Francisco fog. They're calling it Fog Point.

They use mesh fog catchers to trap moisture and then blend this with vodka distilled from a California Central Coast wine. They describe the result as "an extraordinarily crisp, pure, and gluten free sipping vodka with elegant hints of pear, citrus, and honeysuckle." The price tag is $125 a bottle.

Perhaps their next effort can be a vodka made from the tears of a hipster.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 02, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Food, Inebriation and Intoxicants

Anti-Aging Gin

Drinking alcohol might make the people you're with seem younger, funnier, and more attractive. However, Warner Leisure Hotels has commissioned the first drink that supposedly has an anti-aging effect on the drinker. It's "anti-aging gin," which is being marketed as Anti-Agin.

The gin is described as being "For those that want to do everything they can to stay young, but don’t want to give up alcohol."

The anti-aging effect comes from "classic botanicals known for their rejuvenating properties and combining it with drinkable collagen." It's said to be "the alcoholic equivalent of a facial."

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 12, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants

Alibi Goat

I've heard about people sucking on pennies or mints to hide the alcohol fumes on their breath. But keeping a goat in the back of the car is new to me. Though I guess it could be an effective strategy.

The Bakersfield Californian - Sep 14, 1937



CHICAGO, Sept. 14. — Policeman Theodore Lambert testified that Larry Radkewicz of Berwyn was intoxicated while driving an automobile, but said he could not smell the man's breath.
"Why not?" asked Judge J.M. Braude.
"He had a goat in the back of the car," said Lambert, "and I couldn't smell anything but the goat."
Radkewicz was placed on probation.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 18, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Inebriation and Intoxicants, 1930s

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