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50 Facts about Alcoholic Beverages You Should Know

1Jack Daniels Distillery

The Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, can't sell any liquor because it is in a dry county. Instead, they sell commemorative Jack Daniels bottles that happen to have whiskey in them. - Source


2. In June of 1985, a drunk student named Stein Arvid Husbey hijacked a Boeing in Norway demanding to talk to the prime minister (Kåre Willoch). He later surrendered in exchange for more beer.


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3. The Code of Hammurabi decreed that bartenders who watered down beer would be executed. - Source


4. In 2011, a biology professor named Raul Cano extracted yeast from a 45 million-year-old insect trapped in amber and brewed beer from it. - Source


5. During prohibition, Congress had their own bootlegger (George Cassiday) so senators and congressmen could still drink alcohol. - Source


6Wild Turkey whiskey

In 2000, a Wild Turkey whiskey storage facility caught fire, spilling 17,000 barrels of flaming whiskey into the surrounding woods, catching them ablaze. 20% of the whiskey flowed into the Kentucky River, disrupting its oxygen supply, killing 228,000 fish along 66 miles of the river. - Source


7. Jack Daniels employees get a free bottle of Jack on the first payday of each month. - Source


8. In 1955 Jack Daniel's was selling about 150,000 cases annually of its black-labeled Tennessee whiskey. That year Frank Sinatra endorsed the liquor during a performance. Because of that, by the end of 1956, Jack Daniel's sold about 300,000 cases. - Source


9. The Royal Navy served sailors daily rum rations until 1970. The last day of rum was called Black Tot Day. Sailors wore black armbands and ships held mock funerals for tots of rum. - Source


10. In 1759, Arthur Guinness, the founder of Guinness beer leased an old unused brewery for £45 per year for 9,000 years.


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11Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II has 4 drinks a day - a gin before lunch, a wine during lunch, a dry martini with dinner, and a glass of champagne following dinner. - Source


12. During prohibition, grape farmers would make semi-solid grape concentrates called wine bricks, which were then sold with the warning "After dissolving the brick in a gallon of water, do not place the liquid in a jug away in the cupboard for 20 days because then it would turn into wine". - Source


13. Carlsberg beer used to have a Swastika (as a symbol of purity) in its logo. They removed it in 1940 after the Nazi's appropriated it. - Source


14. Pennsylvania still charges its citizens an 18% tax on alcohol to pay for damages of the 1936 Johnstown flood. - Source


15. A feral pig in Australia stole 18 beers from a campsite, got drunk, and then tried to fight a cow.


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16Ten Cent Beer Night

In 1974, the Cleveland Indians had a $0.10 Beer Night. Cleveland had to forfeit the game when their drunk fans started a riot during the 9th inning. Players had to attack fans with baseball bats to protect themselves. - Source


17. In 2013, a man was brought to the emergency room with a blood alcohol content of 0.37% though he claimed to have not consumed any alcohol all day. Yeast in his stomach was brewing alcohol out of the food he was eating. - Source


18. Mountain Dew was created to be used as a mixer for Whiskey and the name was slang for Moonshine. - Source


19. Pythagoras invented a practical joke cup that would spill wine all over a person if they filled their cup too much. - Source


20. Winston Churchill was prescribed alcohol to get around American Prohibition. - Source


21George Washington

When George Washington first ran for the Virginia House of Burgesses, he supplied 164 gallons of alcohol to only 396 voters so that they would like him. Washington won. - Source


22. Alcohol is prohibited in the British Parliament with one exception: the chancellor can drink while delivering the annual budget statement. - Source


23. 30% of Americans don't drink alcohol at all, 60% drink less than 1 drink a week. The top 10% drink ~74 drinks a week. - Source


24. Before Coca-Cola, there was Coca Wine, 10% alcohol, and 8.5% cocaine extract by volume, and endorsed by Queen Victoria and Pope Leo XIII. - Source


25. The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) used tequila to get his voice ready before singing in Moana. - Source

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