Category: drink

Amazing drive-in photos offer a glimpse into the era of dining in one’s car.

“Delicious Coffee. Roasted Daily, Ground Hourly.” 2 High Street, Coventry, UK. 1930s.

In 1830, American consumption of alcohol peaked at what is roughly 7 gallons of ethanol (pure alcohol) a year. That is the equivalent of 1.7 bottles of standard 80-proof liquor, per person, per week.

I feel wonderful drinking beer, in a blissful mood, with joy in my heart and a happy liver.

The earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking appears in the middle of the 1400s in the Sufi shrines of Yemen. However, it took a while for the new miracle drink to reach Europe, and longer for Europeans to know what they were drinking.

The species Coffea Arabica was first scientifically described and named by Carl Linnaeus, in his book Species Plantarum from 1753. The second most important coffee species today, Coffea canephora, was not recognized to be a coffea species till more than a hundred years later, in 1897!

Twenty years ago, a team of divers found the wreck of the Sydney Cove. In 1796, the ship set sail from Calcutta, India, for Sydney, Australia. It sank along the way, taking 31,500 liters of tightly-sealed alcohol to the ocean floor. They were so well-sealed, in fact, that modern divers were surprised to discover that some bottles were still good!

Analyses revealed that the Sydney Cove was carrying port, grapes, and beer. The beer was an especially exciting find, because beer is a living thing, filled with yeasts for fermentation.  Brewers with Australia’s oldest brewery are hoping to use that yeast to create 18th-century-style beer.

First, they isolated the yeast from one of the beer bottles. They were excited to discovered that not only was the yeast 220 years old, but it was a rare hybrid strain, totally different from those used in modern beer. They had to experiment a lot to find a drink that was drinkable to modern tongues. One brewer described it as “taming” the yeast!

The result, The Wreck Preservation Ale, goes on sale this month.

Did you know cannabis can be drunk? Edible cannabis, called bhang in Hindi, has been eaten and drunk in India since as early as 1,000 BCE.

Beer was a staple of the Irish diet, as much as bread, according to new research. Masons hewing stone at a Dublin quarry in 1565 were allotted 12 to 14 pints of ale a day, when doing extreme labor. That’s the highest amount. But the lowest daily amount is still pretty high: household staff at Dublin Castle, and Elizabethan soldiers stationed in Ireland, were drinking up to 8 pints of hopped ale a day.

In the 1500s, Irish beers had higher oat contents than English beers. Oat beer was reportedly thicker, and more bitter, than beer made predominantly with barley. They also have 400 to 500 calories a pint. You could drink nothing but beer, and get enough calories for your day!

When president al-Nimeiry enforced sharia law throughout Sudan in 1983, the country’s entire stock of alcohol was poured into the Nile river. Alcohol is still banned in Sudan.