this day in alcoholic history

fun latin word of the day

anancaecum, -i, neut. (ahn-ahn-kai-cuhm) – a large cup that must be emptied “bottoms up”

for all your bacchic revels, my friends. go forth, be merry and get fucking hammered* **

 *if you do that kind of thing

**be safe about it bc dionysus cares and i do too

HAPPY VATERTAG to all the German dads out there. :)

In Germany, Father’s Day (Vatertag) is celebrated differently from other countries. It’s always on Ascension Day (the Thursday 40 days after Easter, originally a religious holiday), which is also a federal holiday so almost everyone is off from work. In some regions, it’s called Männertag (Men’s Day) or Herrentag (Gentlemen’s Day). It’s traditional for groups of males (young and old but usually excluding pre-teenage boys) to do a hiking tour in nature with one or more small wagons called Bollerwagen that are pulled by manpower and filled with wine and beer, and traditional rustic / picnic / BBQ food - Hausmannskost. Many, but not all men use this holiday as an opportunity to get completely wasted and do “guy” things together in a group; other men and / or actual fathers may spend the day with family, also doing outdoor activities if weather permits. According to the Federal Statistical Office, alcohol-related traffic accidents multiply by 3 on this day.

These traditions are probably rooted in Christian Ascension Day’s processions to the farmlands, which has been done since the 18th century. Men would be seated in a wooden cart and taken to the village square, where the mayor would award a prize to the father who had the most children, usually it was a whole ham. In the late 19th century, the religious component was progressively lost, especially in urban areas such as Berlin, and groups of men organized walking excursions with Bier und Schinken (beer and ham). By the 20th century, it had evolved into a holiday for limitless drinking and merriment among (some) men. Most German fathers control their alcohol intake and simply take relaxed walks with friends, but a minority will get drunk and rowdy and very noisy without fail. Many people take the following Friday off work, and some schools are closed on that Friday as well, so the coming weekend is a long one for many. Prost and stay safe, everyone!

It’s National Martini Day!

We took a little artistic GIF license with this vintage Cocktail Construction Chart:

As it’s not exactly your usual government record, this chart caused a bit of a stir when it was discovered in the Forest Service’s Engineering and Architectural Drawings series.  Read more about story behind the chart’s creation.

Want a copy of your own?  

See more records related to alcohol at the newest exhibit at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC: Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History.

‘Proof’, in terms of alcohol, came from the English Navy. Sailors wanted 'proof’ that their grog wasn’t being diluted, so they figured out a test. If you pour a drink that is 50% alcohol on gunpowder, the gunpowder can still be ignited, so that would be 100% proof that the grog was up to par. That’s why something that is 50% alcohol by volume is 100 proof.

Pharm prof, giving a really awesome history lesson

Originally posted by cocainefilleddreams

It’s International Beer Day!


“Because Local Brewers Answered They Would Have None of Their Own Brew Property Aged before May 1, Cleveland had to Get Their Beer from Outside Sources, 4/9/1933“

Series: Photographic File of the Paris Bureau of the New York Times, ca. 1900 - ca. 1950Record Group 306: Records of the U.S. Information Agency, 1900 - 2003

Get Shaking!  Spirited Republic Closes This Weekend!

Patent Drawing for J. Gonzalez’s Cocktail Shaker, 10/18/1927 
File Unit: D73656 - Design for a Cocktail Shaker , 1843 - 1973Series: Design Patent Files, 1843 - 1973Record Group 241: Records of the Patent and Trademark Office, 1836 - 1978

There are only 3 days left to visit the exhibit: Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History, at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC! The exhibit closes January 10, 2016!