World’s Longest Serving Bartender to Retire

Ready for last call
After seventy six years
Of tending the bar

Written by Captain Hops.

References: After 76 years, last call draws near for bartender. Cheers to Angelo Cammarata! Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest serving bartender. He’s been serving beer since the moment that Prohibition ended in the United States.

Thing of the day: Guinness World Records 2010


The Session: Prohibition’s Repeal


an experiment
shockingly ineffective
sensibly repealed


With the damage done
It takes decades to restore
Our lost treasure


“Do not drink and drive”
Is an excellent message.
“Do not drink” is not.

Written by Captain Hops.

References: This post is part of The Session. The Session is a monthly beer-themed group writing project for bloggers. This month’s theme is The Repeal of Prohibition and it is hosted by the 21st Amendment Brewery.

You can read all about Prohibition in the United States in Wikipedia. Luckily for us it ended 75 years ago today when Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st amendment to the constitution. It was a spectacular failure. We should learn from the experience.

I’m going to have a beer today to celebrate. And perhaps some nice whiskey too. Cheers!

Thing of the Day: Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America


One Man’s Fight

With stubborn reason
He tackles hypocrisy,
politics, and greed.

Written by Captain Hops.

References: Lew Bryson has begun a new blog with the single minded goal of abolishing the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). I live in Maryland, but I’m always eager to help out our neighbor up the interstate. Go get em, Lew!
Thing of the Day: Pennsylvania Breweries


Big Game

Big game’s a coming
I need to get my beer now
Stores are closed Sunday

Written by Captain Hops.

References: In Baltimore, MD, liquor stores are closed on Sundays. The only way you can buy beer, wine or liquor is to go to a more expensive “package goods” store, which is basically a bar that sells “to go”. Didn’t prohibition end, like, a hundred years ago?