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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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‘Claret Snaps’ are Red Wine Floats!

In mid 19th century Americans loved floating red wine on top of a cocktail as a garnish. A splash of vino on top of a drink provides a nice aromatic effect without really tasting like wine.

Regardless of what type is used this is known as a “Claret snap”.

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The World’s Oldest Beer Recipe was Written 4,000 Years Ago

Ancient Sumerians loved beer, too. One of their brewers wrote down (on stone tablets) what stands today as the oldest recorded beer recipe.

In a hymnbook dedicated to Ninkasi—their goddess of alcohol—this recipe was immortalized 4,000 years ago as a poem.

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The constitutional act that made the country dry would be repealed 4 years later.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