What’s in a Name…Prohibition & Mason Jars?

Russian River Brewing Co. Blind Pig

Located in Santa Rosa, CA, this brewery is not only know for some of the best beers in the world, but they have some great names as well: Temptation, Supplication, Damnation, Consecration, Sanctification, Redemption…yes, there’s a theme, and those themes taste amazing! But not all there beers have names like that.

Last night, I drank one called Blind Pig and like all of the beers I’ve had from there, it included a story about the beer/name. This is directly from the bottle:

“Ask for a “blind pig” in a saloon during prohibition and you might just get a beer…During prohibition, using them “blind pig” discretely meant many different things. Sometimes it was the secret code given to a bartender to receive a beer. In other places, it meant that you paid a small fee to see a “blind pig”, and along with the viewing you’d get a beer, or something else… And what type of glassware would your “blind pig” be served in? An unmarked mason jar of course. In those days , a mason jar was known as a pig, and an unmarked mason jar was known as a Blind Pig.”

There you have it…what’s in a name. I love stories like that!



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