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Beyond the Brandy Old-Fashioned:
How Wisconsin Shaped the Way Americans Drink

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Posted By: StormCnter, 9/25/2020 1:16:01 PM

Without fail, Wisconsin remains one of the drunkest places in America. The beer-and-brandy soaked state consistently leads or places among the top contenders in America’s Drunkest States round-ups, and this past January, the Badger State clocked in with 12 of the top 20 entries of the Nation’s Drunkest Cities as compiled by 24/7 Wall Street. Overconsumption of alcohol is a serious matter and can be problematic on many fronts, and most states might try to quickly bury such headlines from the daily news cycle, but Wisconsinites wear this black eye like a badge of honor after a bar fight. “Drinking is part of the state identity.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird 9/25/2020 1:20:36 PM (No. 552047)
I just remember when we lived in Seattle and it was rated the drunkest places in the United States and #1 for suicides.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Madinmaryland 9/25/2020 1:46:35 PM (No. 552079)
Love this article. I am from Wisconsin. This is all true.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: wiseagle 9/25/2020 2:48:12 PM (No. 552144)
U-Rah-Rah Wis-Con-Sin! Where even the Baptists drink, e.g., Scott Walker.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: zoidberg 9/25/2020 3:34:27 PM (No. 552174)
I'm sorry, but the Brandy Old Fashioned sounds disgusting. I like my Old Fashioneds made with bourbon or rye, and no fruit salad.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: WI Cynic 9/25/2020 4:23:57 PM (No. 552221)
Believe it or not, minors can drink in Wisconsin, so long as they are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Wisconsin Statutes Section 125.07(1). https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/125/i/07
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Reply 6 - Posted by: J-Dog 9/25/2020 5:26:34 PM (No. 552264)
Truth! I went back for a visit a few weeks ago and thank God I got there in time for a fish fry and cocktails!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: john56 9/25/2020 5:41:59 PM (No. 552275)
Wisconsin used to lead the country in consumption of brandy. Having grown up in Wisconsin, brandy old fashioneds were the stable of "high class" drinking. I remember one of my relatives telling me in my younger days how he once traveled down to southern Illinois and got them to make him a brandy old fashioned. The next year, he went down there again. They had the same bottle of brandy, unused since his previous year's visit.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: smcchk 9/25/2020 5:50:06 PM (No. 552278)
Just this afternoon, my daughter, now in Colorado, was lamenting that she missed Brandy Old Fashioneds, which she can only get when home in Wisconsin.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Fritzderkat 9/25/2020 6:09:55 PM (No. 552291)
On thee, Wis-cahn-sin...
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