Apocalypse Watch: The U.S. Tested Effects of Atomic Bombs on Beer

by The Drink Nation on Sep 21, 2012 in Culture
Apocalypse Watch: The U.S. Tested Effects of Atomic Bombs on Beer

We haven’t had a close call with nuclear armageddon recently — at least not a public one — but there are still untold numbers of atomic weapons all over the world. However, if Iran is successful in creating its own missiles, or if rogue terrorists get hold of a nuke, we may have to think about it again soon. And the foremost worry on everyone’s mind, we are certain, is what effect will the apocalypse have on all our beer?

Fear not, beer-loving citizens, because the United States government thought of that all the way back in the 1950s, when atomic weapons were new. Restricted Data recently uncovered a document that describes tests carried out at the Nevada Test Site in 1955, exposing bottled and canned brew to nuclear blasts. During Operation Teapot — the series of tests on a fake village constructed in the desert  — the refrigerators and shelves of the faux homes were stocked with suds.

Good news: even when bottles were as close as half a mile from ground zero of the explosions, the beer inside was found drinkable. Cans had a better survival rate than bottles, but when they didn’t drop and smash, the glass containers held up to the blast relatively well. Radiation levels of the liquid inside were low — low enough that the report suggested cases of the stuff would be okay to send back into commercial distribution after the bombs went down.

The only real worry the scientists seemed to express was how the beer would taste after being exposed to atomic weapons, and they did valiantly perform “immediate taste tests” on both the beer and soft drinks in the experiment. Beer near the blasts did exhibit a slight flavor change, but for the most part, was deemed plenty tasty.

So we’re safe! At least, the beer is safe. Because you know that if nuclear war does occur, you’re definitely going to want a drink.

via PopSci

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Kick Off the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival With the Hops Trot 5K, April 9
by Erica Bauwens Feb 3, 2016
Perfect Punches for Your Super Bowl Party

Perfect Punches for Your Super Bowl Party

Having a party this weekend? These easy punches are delicious and sure to please. ...read more ›

by Swabreen Bakr Feb 2, 2016
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
Man Invents Robot Drinking Buddy So He'll Never Drink Alone

Man Invents Robot Drinking Buddy So He'll Never Drink Alone

A once lonely South Korean inventor is lonely no more now that he's got an alcohol drinking robot by his side. ...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Jan 28, 2016
Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival Announces Ticket Sales and 2016 Music Line-Up for April 8-9

Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival Announces Ticket Sales and 2016 Music Line-Up for April 8-9

One of the area's biggest beer festivals, the AC Beer & Music Festival, is back for its 11th year. Check out t...read more ›

by Erica Bauwens Jan 28, 2016
Beat the Freeze at the Asbury Park Beerfest, Jan. 30-31

Beat the Freeze at the Asbury Park Beerfest, Jan. 30-31

Any excuse to get out of the house is welcomed, especially if beer is involved. ...read more ›

by Erica Bauwens Jan 26, 2016
Boozy Lollipops are the Perfect Treat for Drinkers With a Sweet Tooth

Boozy Lollipops are the Perfect Treat for Drinkers With a Sweet Tooth

They might not actually be alcoholic, but these beer, wine, and spirit flavored lollipops sure are intriguing....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jan 22, 2016
Motorhead Fans Start a Petition to Have a Jack and Coke Renamed a Lemmy

Motorhead Fans Start a Petition to Have a "Jack and Coke" Renamed a "Lemmy"

About 42,000 Motorhead fans have signed the online petition that asks for a Jack and Coke to hereby be referre...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Jan 12, 2016
Move Over Kombucha, Kefir Beer Could Be the Next Big Thing in Fermentation

Move Over Kombucha, Kefir Beer Could Be the Next Big Thing in Fermentation

Studies have shown kefir beer to boast the probiotic benefits of kefir while still carrying the alcohol conten...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jan 12, 2016
AB-InBev Receives Buyout Offer From Miami Craft Brewery

AB-InBev Receives Buyout Offer From Miami Craft Brewery

AB-InBev probably never saw this one coming....read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Jan 7, 2016
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close