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Inebriation and Intoxicants

Launched in a sea of beer

In 1968, the General Dynamics shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts denied the rumor that it was going to launch the USS Milwaukee by floating it out in a "sea of beer," but company officials admitted they had been considering the idea. They figured that it would "add distinction and excitement to the float-out."

They calculated that it would have required 68 million quarts of beer to achieve the float-out, and abandoned the idea because "we just couldn't figure out what to do with 68 million non-returnable empties."

Nashua Telegraph - Sep 10, 1968

Portsmouth Herald - Sep 26, 1968



USS Milwaukee



Related: The Banana-Launched Ship, 1941

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 16, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, 1960s

Beard Beer

Oregon's Rogue Brewery boasts that its Beard Beer is made with only hops, malts, "free-range coastal water," and Beard Yeast collected from the beard of its brewmaster, John Maier.

Maybe it's a really great beer, but I kinda think they would have been better off keeping the source of the yeast as their own little secret.


Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 04, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Food, Inebriation and Intoxicants

A Regular Shortcut

Perhaps no one had ever complained before.

Macon Chronicle-Herald - Feb 6, 1954



Suspect Tipsy Driver Took Wrong Short Cut
AUBURN, Ind. (AP)—Carl Wilder, 39, of Pleasant Lake, Ind., was charged with drunken driving Saturday after his truck went through a farmyard, ran over a farmer's automobile and destroyed 100 yards of fence.
Wilder told doubting police: "I always take this short cut."
Police suspected he was thinking about a gravel road a half mile away.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 23, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, 1950s

Drunk-O-Meter Test Fizzles

A great moment in the history of science. Arkansas, 1956.

Corsicana Daily Sun - June 8, 1956



'Drunk-O-Meter' Test Is Fizzle: Man Passes Out
HOT SPRINGS, Ark., June 8 — An attempt to test the accuracy of the "Drunk-O-Meter," a device used to measure the degree of intoxication of a person, ended in failure at Hot Springs.
The reason—the man engaged to get drunk for science passed out before he could be measured.
The experiment was conducted by police at the request of the judges' council, an official unit of the Arkansas Bar Association.
The man drank over a 20-hour period. In that time he consumed four half pints of wine, two half pints of whiskey, four half pints of "moonshine" liquor, and a half pint of vodka.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 19, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Science, Experiments, 1950s

Florida Man Beer

I don't think there are many weird-news-themed beers. But back in March, Cigar City Brewing of Tampa created a special batch of Florida Man beer. It's an IPA with hints of grapefruit, mango and passion fruit. However, they made only 3,000 bottles that sold for $9 each at select retail locations in Florida. So probably all gone.

Are there any other foods or beverages named after weird-news themes?

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 25, 2015 - Comments (7)
Category: Food, Inebriation and Intoxicants

Lost Inhibitions Wine

Church & State wines offers a product line they call "Lost Inhibitions." The bottles are printed with "evocative" messages in bright block lettering on the labels. They say the wines are "Made to enjoy with friends, family and great food." Yes, I can see a nice family dinner sharing a bottle of "Hashtag This Mother F#cker."

Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants

Cure for Drunks

Give them Bogg's Tawny Port. It tastes like alcohol, but it's really cocaine syrup.


via The Beautiful New

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 10, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Addictions, Inebriation and Intoxicants

An actual case for beer

A few days ago, Paul posted a short film from the 1960s titled "A case for beer." That was using the word 'case' in the sense of an argument or set of facts. But what we have here is an actual case for beer. Available for $50 at perpetualkid.com.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 14, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants

Beer Maypole

The pagan worship of giant beer bottles. Ad from 1907. [via the Rainier beer collection at flickriver.com]

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 30, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Advertising, 1900s

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