Fortress of Louisbourg launches new rum


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Glasses will be raised today at the Fortress of Louisbourg in Cape Breton to toast the launch of Fortress Rum.

Parks Canada and Authentic Seacoast Distilling Company Ltd. in Guysborough have teamed up to create the new rum.

It’s distilled in the Caribbean and was brought to the Fortress in September to age in oak barrels, 18th century style.

More: Fortress of Louisbourg launches new rum – Nova Scotia – CBC News.

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Russia: St Petersburg event offers ‘art for booze’

LOL! 🙂

Artists in Russia are holding an event where visitors will be able to pay for their art using bottles of alcohol.

The Art for Booze event in St Petersburg will take place on 13 February, the day before Valentine’s Day, and is for “those who are in love with art”, according to the group’s VKontakte social networking page. Anyone attending can leave their cash at home and take along a bottle of wine, or something stronger. “Do you understand alcohol better than art?” the page reads. “Do you spend more money on drinking than our pieces cost? Drop this and exchange precious drinks for priceless paintings.” The event is strictly for over 18s, the legal age for buying alcohol in Russia.

Organisers say they’re reviving a practice that was common during the 1920s and 1930s. “All well-known painters from Picasso to Ilya Kabakov did this,” they tell Ukrainian website Novoye Vremya. “Marc Chagall and Salvador Dali, among others, designed the label for Mouton-Rothschild bottles in exchange for a crate of wine.”

Drunk History: Canada’s Booze-Soaked Beginnings

That’s us! 🙂

On August 28, 1864, John A. Macdonald showed up half-cut to a cabinet meeting of the government of what was then the United Province of Canada. This was not, strictly speaking, a unique occurrence, nor was the fact that he continued to drink throughout, and ended up getting into such a raucous fight with fellow cabinet minister George Brown that they had to shut the meeting down. Macdonald was so famous for drinking and fighting with Brown, he once responded to a Brown-supporting heckler with the famous line, “Yes, but the people prefer John A. drunk to George Brown sober.” (One of those observations that’s funny, in a historical sense, because it’s true.)