Category Archives: Beer Wine Spirits
Champale is not a champagne and not a wine but a malt liquor made to resemble sparkling wine. Its advertising was notable for being one of the first alcoholic beverages specifically tailored to the African-American market.
I love these! Miniature bottles, branded for specific train companies. I’m sure there’s a subset of railroad collectors who would be overjoyed to find a cache of these somewhere.
And here, a bit bigger, so you can see the labels on those cute little bottles:
My Kentucky Derby knowledge is miniscule, but I actually looked up to see which horse this 1960 ad is referring to — it’s the 1941 Triple Crown-winner Whirlaway (2:01.4), ridden by Eddie Arcaro, whose record wasn’t broken until 1973 when Secretariat ran it in 1:59.4 (a record that has yet to be beaten, even forty years later!).
I tried a few dashes on sweetened strawberries a few days ago — it was pretty good. Here’s an interesting tidbit about Angostura bitters: the (very wealthy) family of actor Frank Morgan were the sole distributors of the product in North America. Frank Morgan is best known as the actor who played the Wizard of Oz.