Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Founders no Teetotalers

Stumbled on an item today that's pretty interesting and probably disheartening for those who advocate prohibition. Seems the Founders had a proclivity for the sauce. A bill from September 15, 1787 shows a party for 'the entertainment of George Washington' and 54 guests on the 14th required 164 bottles of various types of alcohol. The list includes claret, porter, beer and madera. That's almost 3 bottles per person. There were also 7 bowls of punch, and a bunch more liquor for the musicians.

I already knew John Hancock was a smuggler of liquor, but these folks could apparently party pretty hard, too.