200th anniversary of the London Beer Flood, 100th anniversary of Beer Riots.

Yesterday, October 17th, marked the 200th anniversary of the London Beer Flood of 1814.  A 610,000 liter vat in the Meux and Company Brewery ruptured causing the break of other vats and in total nearly 1.5 Million liters of the dark brew flooded the streets of Tottenham Court Road killing 8 people.  A 15 foot high wave rushed through the area drowning 8 people who likely lived in basement apartments nearby.

How sad!

Strangely enough, almost 100 years later to the day (October 7th, 1714) history recorded the great Netherlands Beer Tax riots.  Tax a man’s beer and expect an ass kicking…..

Then in 1914 the ‘Defence of the Realm Act’ was passed in the UK, just 4 days after the start of WWI.  This Act gave the government, among other powers, the authority to water down the beer in local pubs, and restrict the times of operation to mid day hours.  The Act was passed in August, but by October was already being fought tooth and nail by good beer drinking, liberty loving Englishmen…

So it seems that every 100 years there is a disasterous beer calamity of some sort.   Quick, make a Google Alert to see what happens this year…

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  • BrocktonDave

    that 6 of the 8 had to be pulled to safety more than once…

    Sorry, too soon?