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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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Florida Makes Green Oranges

Florida boasts a booming orange juice industry, and they have Christopher Columbus to thank for it. Oranges originated in ancient China when a hybrid tree was born from grapefruit and mandarins.

Columbus introduced sweet oranges to the Carribean on his second voyage to the New World in 1493. Orange trees readily took to the Carribean climate, except their farmers were baffled when the fruit ripened, but the skin of the oranges actually stayed green!

What they did not know at the time is that in climates with cooler nighttime temperatures oranges turn orange. In climates with lots of heat day & night (like the subtropical Carribean) the fruit will ripen and taste sweet, but the color of the rind will remain green!

This is why you see orange juice from Florida, whereas most of the whole oranges we find in supermarkets come from California. The off-color fruit from Florida readily turns into tasty orange juice without weirding anyone out.

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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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The Booze Industry is Pouring Support into Rebuilding Notre Dame

On Monday, April 15 a fire started and engulfed much of Paris’ famed Notre Dame Cathedral. Officials are still sorting out the cause of the blaze, but before firefighters even gained control of the fire citizens of France were calling for its reconstruction.

Less than 24 hours after the inferno started heavyweights in France’s wine industry pledged a collective $338 million towards rebuilding the 850 year old building. Charlois Group is France’s biggest producer of oak, and has committed to finding, “Thousands of cubic meters,” of the finest oak for the restoration.

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Aluminum Tariffs are Taxing The Beer Industry

In 2018 the United States imposed a bunch of tariffs: including on aluminum. As a result the beer industry apparently had to spend an extra $347 million on the raw materials for making aluminum cans.

With 60% of beer sold in America packaged in cans a tiny influence on aluminum will have a wide reaching effect throughout the industry. MillerCoors reportedly saw a $40 million increase in spending on aluminum over the same time period the previous year.

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Hops Farmers Thrived Through Prohibition, Actually

Not surprisingly Prohibition had a devastating effect on many industries connected to Big Alcohol. Imagine the plight of glass bottle makers, truck drivers, coopers, and the like when the industry that their wares supported disappeared over night.

Hops farmers, however, hit a renaissance on the eve of Prohibition. Between a growing beer market in Asia and the obliteration of hops farms in Europe during WWI hops acreage in Oregon and Washington actually doubled, while production tripled throughout The Noble Experiment.

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