In just about every western movie I've seen, the good guys, or the bad guys, walk into a saloon and order "whiskey". Is that the only alcoholic drink that was available in the mid 1800s 'Wild West'?
#119794. Asked by darksplash. (Jan 05 11 3:12 PM)
They had beer.|
Saloons also served up volumes of beer, but in those days the beer was never ice cold, usually served at 55 to 65 degrees. Though the beer had a head, it wasn't sudsy as it is today. Patrons had to knock back the beer in a hurry before it got too warm or flat. It wasn't until the 1880's that Adolphus Busch introduced artificial refrigeration and pasteurization to the U.S. brewing process, launching Budweiser as a national brand. Before then, folks in the Old West didn't expect their beer to be cold, accustomed to the European tradition of beer served at room temperature
Here is what you could find in a good 1800s bar or saloon.|
Distilled spirits: rum, whiskey, gin, bourbon, rye
Wines: black currant, blackberry, currant, grape, gooseberry
Brandies: blackberry, cherry
Punch: claret, champagne
Small beer: ginger beer, Ginger pop, spruce beer
Mead (honey beer)
Author, I think those drinks were found on a typical homestead. Some of the time, some of the places, not all at once.|
Western saloons served primarily whiskey. Also tequila and beer and homemade liquor and worse. Remember, they were far from the madding crowd--no delivery trucks came barreling down the highway to deliver a wide assortment of drinks.
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