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Bartenders' Guild, Inc.

1920 Sherry Lane, Ste 59, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone/Fax: (714) 542-2105

California Chapter

Vince Cisneros, President
11421 Snark Street,
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Phone/Fax: (562) 598-1194

John C. Burton, Editor
Phone: (707) 523-1611
Email: johncburton@msn.com

HISTORICAL NOTES

George Washington operated a distillery on his Mount Vernon estate...Abraham Lincoln was the holder of a liquor license in a Springfield, Illinois tavern...John Hancock, a signer of the Declaration Of Independence, was a dealer in rum

USQUEBAUGH

The word whiskey, first used by the Irish and the Scotts, is derived from the Celtic word,usquebaugh, meaning water of life.

D.O.M.

The D.O.M. mark on bottles of B & B and Benedictine stands for "Deo Optimo Maximo"; translated meaning "To God, most good, most great."

SEAGRAM'S V.O.

V.O. on Seagram's bottles stands for "Very Own".

SPEAKEASY

A term used during prohibition describing an illegal bar or night club where alcohol was sold. You would knock softly on the door and when a door person answered, you would state that "Joe sent me" and if the door person liked your looks (or cash tip) he would let you and your friends into the club.

86

The term "86" comes from prohibition. Speakeasies poured 100 proof (50%) alcohol in those days, and when your grandfather acted-up, they "86'ed" him by pouring 86 proof (43%) alcohol in his next drink. Doubt that this really slowed down my grandfather. Probably why 86 means what it does today...........JB

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NINE DAYS

Nine days after his inauguration on March 4, 1933, Franklin Roosevelt asked Congress to increase alcohol content to 4%. Legislators quickly served up the Beer-Wie Revenue Act, and by June 1933 31 breweries were making 3.2 beer.

THE BEER CAN

The beer can was first marketed by Krueger Brewing Company of Newark, New Jersey in January 1935.

CHURCH KEY

D.F. Sampson designed a steel strip 5 1/2" long, 3/4" wide and 1/8" thick with a puncturing tip at one end and a crown lifter at the other end. This little household item became known as a "Church-Key".

WORLD WAR II

Beer can production had ceased in mid 1942 as steel was needed for the war effort. However, in 1944, the military contacted 35 of America's largest brewers to produce beer in nonreflective olive drab-colored beer cans.

The importance of the Olive Drab (OD's) can was that when a soldier brought the can to his lips, there would not be a reflection from the moon on the bottom of the can giving away his position in his foxhole.

CANS ARE COLLECTIBLE

Today, there are over 4,000 members of Beer Can Collectors Of America. Crazy as it seems, members of the BCCA, based in Fenton, Missouri, have a national meeting in major cities every year. There are sub-chapters in every state with California have the 49er's, Grace Bros. Aztec, and Golden State chapters..........JB



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