Welcome to the Straightbourbon.com Forums.
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Guru
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    IL
    Posts
    4,559

    Consumption..then and now.

    Here is a great site if you want to know how your state or region compare with others...

    http://alcoholism.about.com/gi/dynam...s/consum03.htm

    In 1880, the average American adult consumed 2.4 gallons of spirits annually. And even though Americans consumed more beer (11.1 gallons annually)
    In 2005...the U.S. average was 1.19 gallons of beer, .36 gallons of wine and
    .7 gallons of spiritis..all types...overall...2.24 gallons per capita.
    So..the average American in 1880 drank far more...at least 13.5 (+wine?) compared to 2.24!

    Wow...our ancestors must have had beer an most meals and frequent shots of whiskey....or maybe gin and vodka in different regions....I assume wine was a luxury item.

  2. #2
    Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Pelham, AL
    Posts
    3,894

    Re: Consumption..then and now.

    They didn't have much else to do to entertain themselves.

    Tim
    Self-Styled Whisky Connoisseur

  3. #3
    Guru
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    IL
    Posts
    4,559

    Re: Consumption..then and now.

    I know it was common in certain immigrant areas...like German..for the workers to drink beer at lunch. Also, as the water supply was not always trusted...beer probably was safer....though it is a diuretic.

    I found this book online...regarding beer in Britain around 1880..probably similar to U.S.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=fL1...um=1&ct=result

    "beer did much more than quench thirst, dull fatigue and the pangs of hunger. It was associated with manliness and viritility, and in its principal locus, the public house, with conviviality, fellowship, class and occupational identity."

    http://www.beerhistory.com/library/
    Some Beer facts....this section re 1879:

    http://www.beerhistory.com/library/holdings/1879.shtml
    #1 Brewer...George Ehret..NY
    #2 Philip Best...later PBR...Milwaukee
    #3 Bergner and Engle....Philadephia
    #4 Joseph Schlitz...Milwaukee
    #5 Conrad Seipp...Chicago
    #6 P. Ballantine & Sons..Newark

    #12 Anheiser Busch...St. Louis
    #15 Boston Beer Co...Boston

    Beer riots were common in Europe as price fixing started to spread....it came to the U.S. as a tool of political power...resulting in an episode known as the Chicago Beer Riots...or Chicago Lager Beer Riots...Know Nothing party (English) vs German/Irish immigrants.
    http://www.beerhistory.com/library/h...ggsmith5.shtml

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Volumnous Consumption Part one
    By Dave_in_Canada in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 07-24-2004, 10:15
  2. Economical Bourbon Consumption
    By bobbyc in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 01-09-2004, 16:44
  3. Volumnous Consumption Part two
    By Dave_in_Canada in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-02-2003, 00:40
  4. Quetion about proof strength vs consumption
    By Creggor in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-19-2001, 10:14

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Back to top