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What Did Prohibition Require?

Prohibition in the United States lasted from 1920 – 1933. Its mention conjures up illicit drinking in speakeasies and bloody gangster activities, but do you know what were the official parameters?

The effort that culminated in banning booze in our nation began well before the Civil War (1861-1865). Its proponents were looking to achieve a more moral and productive society, and they thought that keeping people from drinking would solve significant societal ills.

The legislation that resulted in Prohibition was actually quite unsatisfactory to teetotalers (people who do not drink). They saw it as not stringent enough.

At no point during Prohibition was illegal to DRINK alcohol. It was only illegal to make, sell, or transport it. While having a stockpile of alcohol was perfectly legal, however you could not do so at more than 2 residences—and at that one home had to be in the city and one in the country.

There were also medical and religious exemptions. Doctors could actually write prescriptions for booze, and religious leaders could dole it out for official ceremonies.

Plenty of people broke the law to drink during Prohibition, but there were many who imbibed while following the law.

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Booze & Baby Boats

My girlfriend and I recently came into possession of her grandfather’s fishing boat. It’s a sturdy little 14′ aluminum boat with a pull-to-start outboard motor, and we have had a blast taking it out on two quick jaunts.

Boating is new territory for us, and we have saved the boozing for after getting home & tucking it away for the night. As I sat catching up on the mountain of knowledge that facilitates safe & successful boating I asked google what the authorities have to say regarding booze & boating.

Apparently, in the States it is illegal to operate even a kayak under the influence of alcohol.

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Craft Beer Diplomacy

If you are American you may be pleased to know that U.S. Ambassadors have been hard at work drinking our craft beer abroad. If you are not, then you may soon see the fruits of their labor at nearby markets!

It has become a regular thing for U.S. officials to host dinner parties with American craft beer pairings in order to showcase what our nation’s brewers are putting out these days. To really sell the event owners and founders of companies like Sierra Nevada and Maui Brewing have attended.

In 2017 U.S. beer exports were up 3.6%—which is worth $125.4 million.

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Britain’s War on America’s Rum

While the Revolutionary War officially began July 4, 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it commenced in effect early in 1775. Indeed, the first blood spilled in its gradual escalation fell from the chest of Rum distiller Joseph Whicher in February, 1775.

By the eve of the revolution, American-made Rum had become so interwoven with colonial culture that the people regularly used it as a form of currency. This is why British naval blockades—which prevented the import of supplies with which to make Rum—had devistating economic effects upon coastal cities.

One such blockade of Boston cost the city’s Rum distillers the equivalent of $200,000 per week in today’s money.

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Churchill Brought a Prescription for Booze to America

Prohibition lasted from 1920 – 1933, and while it made alcohol annoying to come by, it definitely did not make it impossible to imbibe. In addition to illicit means there were legal loopholes built into the law itself.

Medical doctors were allowed to prescribe alcohol to patients for a variety of conditions. One such doctor prescribed 1,880 gallons of booze in a single month.

Before he would visit America the Prime Minister of England—Winston Churchill—secured one such prescription from his doctor, so that his stay need not be a dry one.

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Monster Booze Weed

As more and more U.S. states legalize recreational Marijuana big beverage companies are looking to expand their portfolios.

Energy drink conglomerate Monster apparently has been working on versions with not only Marijuana, but and/or Booze.

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Colonial Tavern Owners Touted Toasting

Since its earliest days America has always had a funny relationship with alcohol. On one hand we have craved it to superfluous degrees, while at the same time shied away in shame from imbibing too much.

Though the early European inhabitants of this land readily turned to booze, the people they supported to govern them often sought to reign in their behavior. To this end of keeping booze both accessible and enjoyed responsibly, local ordinances throughout Colonial America fixed the prices of booze in taverns.

Tavern owners could do nothing about how much they were able to charge their patrons, so they turned to affecting how many drinks people enjoyed. To this end, toasting/cheersing became popular in the American Colonies because tavern owners used it as a tool to get people to drink more quickly, and thus in greater quantity.

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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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Sparkling Cannabis Wine is Now a Thing

Located in California’s esteemed Napa Valley, Saka Wines has developed the world’s first Sparkling Cannabis Rosé. The wine itself is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier.

In accordance with California Law (where recreational Marijuana is perfectly legal) cannabis-infused wines must have the alcohol removed. However, since weed-beverage drink sales in the U.S. are forecasted to eclipse $1 billion by 2023 I am guessing that Saka’s non-alcoholic-pot-infused Sparkling Rosé will not disappoint those who now wish to drink the Devil’s Lettuce.

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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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