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How the Church Saved the Wine Industry During Prohibition

How the Church Saved the Wine Industry During Prohibition

Catholic churches need wine. It’s written in the Code of Canon Law that uncorrupted grape wine be served during communion. But sacramental wine is more than just fermented juice; it’s a stand-in for the blood of Christ and his sacrifice. And in America, the history of this sacred wine, and the destiny of those who make it, was ironically shaped […]

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Listen Up, Paleo Dieters: Cavemen Drank

Listen Up, Paleo Dieters: Cavemen Drank

You’ve all heard of the Paleo Diet, practiced by celebs like Jessica Biel and Megan Fox, in which 21st-century humans emulate the food eaten by cavemen and women from 2.6 million years ago. But if you’ve considered undertaking this culinary overhaul, you may have wondered whether, while eating like a hunter-gatherer and getting that celebrity skin you’ve […]

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Aquavit: The Drink That Sailed a Thousand Ships

Aquavit: The Drink That Sailed a Thousand Ships

Immigrants bring their alcohol with them. It’s how Napa got started. It’s how we Americans got our hands on vodka. It’s also how we learned about aquavit. This Scandinavian liqueur is itself a kind of immigrant, traveling around the world and improving through the wear and tear of rejection and acceptance. Our story begins when Americans […]

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Were Bootleggers Released When Prohibition Ended?

Were Bootleggers Released When Prohibition Ended?

In 2012, Americans were surprised to see the first legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington. In the years that followed, a handful of states followed suit, including Alaska and Oregon, in 2014. And on Nov. 8, California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts all voted in favor of legalized use, sale, and consumption of […]

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FSU’s Favorite Drink Could Kill You

FSU’s Favorite Drink Could Kill You

My first encounter with the Y Bomb was at a Tallahassee bar near Florida State University. It was a Saturday night in October. Daylight savings was scheduled to begin, rolling back the clock at 2 a.m. and adding an extra hour to an already interminable night of drinking, which was coming on the heels of a day spent tailgating.

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The Origin Story Of Beer Die

The Origin Story Of Beer Die

Deep in the Alpha Tau Omega house library at the University of Maine in 1972, four fraternity men tossed a single die above a table without letting it fall off the edge. Thus the game of Beer Die, also known as Snappa, was born, according to crowdsourced research from the official Beer Die League fan […]

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‘Teddy Roosevelt Was A Litigious Teetotaler, Except When It Came To Mint Juleps’

‘Teddy Roosevelt Was A Litigious Teetotaler, Except When It Came To Mint Juleps’

On May 26, 1913, Theodore Roosevelt sat in court in Marquette, Michigan, watching man after man declare on the stand that he was not, and never has been, a drunk. He must have been pleased, because Roosevelt — everyone’s favorite mustachioed, quote-spewing, Rough-Riding president — was ready to take anyone to court who said he […]

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Why You Couldn’t See a Liquor Ad on TV For Half of the 20th Century

Why You Couldn’t See a Liquor Ad on TV For Half of the 20th Century

Picture this: It’s a weeknight evening after a long day at work. You come home, order some take-out, and fall back onto the couch for some late-night entertainment. The commercial break begins and a Bud Light advertisement appears, followed by a Jim Beam commercial. You think nothing of it — they’re just promotional ads. But one […]

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