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The Mosquito-Booze Connection

I have just learned a sad piece of science. Apparently, drinking alochol makes us more appetizing to Mosquitoes.

Alcohol causes our sweat production to hike up, as it does with skin temperature. Since these are things on which mosquitoes focus, they hone in on us more easily after a couple drinks.

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Etymology of the Screwdriver

People around the globe have been mixing Vodka with Orange Juice for a very long time, but the name Screwdriver for this cocktail cropped up in the mid 1900s.

Some of the oil industry’s workers toiling in the Persian Gulf took to drinking on the clock, and would mix an inocuous-looking cocktail. Since they were in the field without kitchen utensils at hand, legend has it that they would stir their drink with an actual screwdriver.

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In Germany There’s a Word for ‘A Beer To Walk Around With’

Every year in my town there are 3 summer festivals during which we are allowed to walk around 2 city blocks with a beer in our hand for 5 hours. This reprieve from the restrictions of drinking only in little outposts along the streets stirs much glee in the hearts of my townspeople.

Such a thing each summer seems quite a special event, until you read that throughout Germany walking around drinking a beer in public is so normal they have a word for it. Wegbier is the term for a beer you drink while walking around…because you can do it all over the place anytime you want. #MyLawsAreStupid

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Billions in Booze Busine$$

Unless no drinking whatsoever goes on in your country, the chances are pretty good that the Booze Industry contributes a great deal of money to your economy. I count myself among the brewers, bartenders, servers, beer distributors, truck drivers, hop farmers, scientists, sales professionals, and marketing specialists who benefit from the $328 billion injected into the U.S. economy courtesy of the Beer Industry in 2017.

While Big Beer lead the way in economic booze-contribution, the Wine Industry weighed in at $220 billion; and the Liquor Industry played the part of $178 billion.

If you have been considering a change in career-scenery, I find this industry proves quite rewarding!

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Prohibition Exploded the Prison Population

America’s Prohibition did very little to stop its citizens from drinking. What it did accomplish in spades however, was turning tens of thousands of people into criminals.

From 1914 until the eve of Prohibition in 1920 the population of U.S. prisons remained between 4,000 – 4,800. Just 9 years later over 12,000 people sat incarcerated.

The constitutional act that made the country dry would be repealed 4 years later. What a waste.

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Bones in Beer

Even the lightest of freshly made beers look cloudy—as it has a lot of fine particles from the yeast, grain, & hops. For some beers, brewers employ a variety of biological and mechanical measures to clump together and then sift out the sediment.

Latin American tribes Tapajos, Cubeos, Arapium, and Panoans all mixed the bones of relatives into their beer. Sometimes they would wait until nature had cleaned the bones underground.

The ground up bone-dust acts as a clarifier, which results in a less hazy beer. Traditionally these tribes believed that the change in appearance of the beer meant that their ancestors were kicking back and drinking one with them.

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