Since discovering alcohol a millennium ago, humans have been gung-ho about this liquid drug; Voyage back in time to map out the history of alcohol and drinking.
Minnesota's 1887 High License Law
After failed attempts in the 1883 and 1885 legislative sessions, Minnesota legislators were able to pass a High License Law in 1887. Billed by proponents as the temperance advocate groups alternative to prohibition, the law significantly raised the cost of liquor licenses throughout the state. It intended to lessen the number of saloons in local communities while increasing tax revenue for local municipalities. The law wasn’t put in place to stop the flow of liquor, but rather to price the fringe saloons out of business, leaving the more respectable establishments to continue to serve customers.
The Kidnapping of William Hamm Jr.
While walking from his office to have lunch with his mother, a routine occurrence, members of the Barker-Karpis Gang kidnapped Hamm’s Brewery President William Hamm Jr. On Thursday, June 15, 1933, at about 12:45 in the afternoon, the grandson of Theodore Hamm was grabbed by two men near Greenbrier Street and Minnehaha Avenue East in Saint Paul and forced into the back seat of a waiting black sedan. One of the abductors threw a white hood over Mr. Hamm’s head and forced him to lie down on the floor by the two men while a third abductor drove the car away.
The Minnesota Lager Beer Act of 1860
After being recognized as a US territory on March 3, 1849, Minnesota played a more active role in the country’s growing beer and alcohol temperance movement. The population of the state exploded, and the negative impact of consuming alcohol was among the issues blamed for the immoral acts taking place in its increasingly dense cities. A call-to-action rang out to institute a more efficient system to define municipal laws and sustain order. The hope was that regulatory changes would help the state overcome societal ills associated with its unchecked liquor problem.
The History of the John Orth Brewing Co. (1850 - 1890)
John Frederick Orth was born in Rott, Alsace, France on May 20, 1821. He learned the skill of brewing beer while in Rott and honed his skills as a brewer after leaving in 1840. Before immigrating to America, Orth traveled to Germany, Italy, and Spain. In 1847 he arrived in America, landing in Erie, Pennsylvania. On August 6, 1849, Orth married Mary Weinell. Not long after the wedding, the couple moved to Galena, Illinois before settling in St. Anthony, MN in July of the following year. Orth and his “very pregnant wife” were the area’s first German settlers.
How Beer Shaped the Modern World
Without beer, it's quite possible that civilization would not have evolved into what it is today. In fact, the world's first civilizations depended on beer, which was used as both a wage and a critical part of daily sustenance. Today, beer is associated with leisure and celebration, but understanding its rich history may make it even more enjoyable.
In Praise of the Bellissima Bellini
My favorite food and wine pairing is the bellini cocktail. In essence, it's fruit juice for grownups, but that description hardly does it justice. Prosecco and white peach puree team up for a sophisticated yet entirely approachable potent potable. Like the mimosa, which pairs sparkling wine with orange juice, the bellini is lovely to have along with a sumptuous brunch. But it's also the perfect thirst quencher at any time, especially on a hot summer day in Venice, where it was invented.
Rock & Rye Medicinal Properties Are Many
Rock & Rye is an 84 proof alcoholic beverage that was esrtablished in 1884. It is comprised of straight rye whiskey, navel oranges, raw honey, and rock candy. Bitters, which are flavored with botanical matter, are added to give the drink a taste that is both bitter and sweet. Longstanding brands of bitters initially developed into patent medicines, but now are sold as products to aid digestion. Bitters, also known as bitter herbs, (because they are considered to have herbal healing properties) are combined with cocktail flavorings. Since cocktails contain both sour and sweet flavors, bitters are used to make the drink more complex and give it a more complete taste.
The history of pure Japanese sake wine.
Pure Japanese sake wine is made from fermented rice, water and Koji mold from Bamforth dating back to the Nara period which was back in 710-794 AD. This wine was only drunk during religious ceremonies, court festivals and drinking games.
Let's have a Bush Beer at the Secret Pub
Ever heard of secret pubs? Hideouts in the bush where villagers would get together and drink beer? This is the story of Aitu and its neighbouring islands, part of the Cook island group. Read on to learn more about this lesser known and very local beer style!
Who Was The Real Captain Morgan?
Captain Morgan is a name known far and wide, but today the only fear it generates is in people who can't quite remember what they did after their eighth shot of rum on Saturday night. However, unlike some products that come up with catchy names and memorable mascots to go with them, Captain Morgan was a real person. Beyond simply existing though, Captain Henry Morgan wrote his name in gunpowder and blood all throughout the Caribbean in the 1600s.
Why haven’t humans ban alcohol?
In fact, many countries have banned alcohol, at some point in history. A typical example is the famous American period of Prohibition.
The 10 Weirdest Drinking Laws Throughout Time
When the topic of drinking laws is brought up, Prohibition is usually what initially comes to mind, as this marked a particularly stringent era of federal restriction in regards to alcohol. However, across the world, there are plenty of odd drinking laws that structure the ways in which we are or aren’t allowed to consume alcohol, and some of them certainly prove that truth is stranger than fiction. From banning certain types of alcohol to implementing meticulously specific laws about how or when it can be served, there are plenty of bizarre legal hoops that people have to jump through if they want to drink. The weirdest drinking laws throughout the course of history are comical reminders that alcohol and our aversion to it make us do strange things.