News US troops drink Iceland capital’s entire beer supply in one weekend

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  1. MNAle

    MNAle Meyvn (1,010) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Bars in downtown Reykjavík ran out of beer serving thirsty US sailors and marines

     
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  2. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,549) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    America! Hell yeah!
     
  3. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Defender (601) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Impressive. I visited Reykjavik this summer & it’s difficult to do any binge drinking on ~ $10 -USD pints.Thought the local craft beer was just OK, but the cool bar scene, people & natural highlights more than made up for it.
     
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  4. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,315) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    God bless our troops!!
     
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  5. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,549) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    @Roguer , where were you last weekend, hmmm?
     
  6. rronin

    rronin Initiate (178) Jul 4, 2005 Washington

    My grandson is in the Corps and the way he describes it they've changed a great deal since I was in (1976-1980). Some things never change. OOOH-RAH!!!!
     
  7. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,334) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    "No, no, no ----Thank YOU for YOUR service!"
     
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  8. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (836) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    Wonder if they ran out of hookers, too?
     
  9. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,647) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    "Why is the rum gone?"
    - Captain Jack Sparrow

    Cheers!
     
  10. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,099) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    I wonder if there was a big, concurrent undertow at the city's water department? :wink:
     
  11. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (5,172) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I thought everything from Borg was very good when I was there a couple years ago.

    But yes, considering pints of standard local beer could be 1100 to 1600 ISK ($9 - $13 USD) it was hard on the wallet. We stocked up on duty-free six packs in the airport when we arrived, and drank some beers at home before going out at night. Drinking in Iceland is pricier than drinking in Manhattan.

    Mikkeller & Friends in Reykjavik had some crazy pricing on most of their beers, up to 1800 ISK for even small half pours.
     
  12. hyndmanevan

    hyndmanevan Initiate (88) Mar 2, 2007 Indiana

    Mikkeller & Friends in Reykjavik had some crazy pricing on most of their beers, up to 1800 ISK for even small half pours.[/QUOTE]

    I was there in June and had some of the worst beers of my life at Mikkeller & Friends. Tasted like I was judging a homebrew contest for extremely inexperienced brewers. I was really looking forward to that place, too. The spot was really cool though.
     
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  13. rikarmstrong

    rikarmstrong Initiate (72) May 14, 2015 Colorado

    As mentioned, the most impressive thing here is how expensive that would have been.
     
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  14. Ranbot

    Ranbot Zealot (544) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    The American foreign economic stimulus package.


    Re: prices.... In 2009 I spent a week vacation driving around the entire country once and prices were definitely higher in Reykjavik, but pretty average elsewhere. Icelandic craft beer was a pretty rare find in 2009, but I found some one or two nights. I wasn't there for the beer though... Iceland is an absolutely beautiful country with so many amazing sights. It would be a shame to spend your time there in a bar, IMO.
     
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  15. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,292) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    You lost me at "shame to spend your time there in a bar". :stuck_out_tongue:
     
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  16. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,349) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Saw this on the news... Raising a toast to all our troops past, present, and future. Thank you all for your service.
    :beers::beers::beers:
     
  17. Dan_K

    Dan_K Devotee (482) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado
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    Was it just US troops though? Or were there other NATO troops as well?
     
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  18. Miles_in_beer_city

    Miles_in_beer_city Initiate (152) Jun 18, 2014 North Carolina

    When I was in the Navy, we tried our best to drink some towns dry, but the supply was too great... but we gave it our best.
    Of course then (late 60's) you could go back to the ship pretty messed up, no make that really messed up, and nothing happened except you better be a your duty station the next morning.
    Now they get put on report, mandatory alcohol counseling, etc.
     
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  19. Ranbot

    Ranbot Zealot (544) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I know you're joking, but it is a real attitude I can't relate to. I travel to do/see things I can't at home. I can drink fantastic beer in a bar near my home [which I do regularly], but I can't see or do the amazingly unique things that are in Iceland and it would be a shame to miss any of them for a bar. My liver deserves an occasional vacation too. :wink:
     
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  20. Dan_K

    Dan_K Devotee (482) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado
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    That literally has nothing to do with this situation.
     
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  21. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Initiate (161) Aug 2, 2017 New Jersey

    It was a joke.........
     
  22. waltari

    waltari Initiate (55) Jan 28, 2016 Georgia

    Glad to see where my tax money is spent on.
     
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  23. NickSMpls

    NickSMpls Meyvn (1,029) Nov 11, 2012 Washington
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    The services have many more women serving their country at all ranks and positions. One wonders.....
     
  24. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Defender (601) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Yeah I went there for ONE beer, was plenty for me from both price/quality perspective. Not worth the $8 short pour Happy Hour price.
     
  25. rgordon

    rgordon Champion (852) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I can't imagine that with the proximity that the Brits didn't berth there as well. Or the Canadians, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Luxembourg, the Belgians, the Dutch, Swedes, Norwegians, Danes, Latvians, Iceland, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, and Turkey. Just to name a few that do happen to have navies and soldiers. The Slovenian Navy just may be comparable to the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team!
     
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  26. Lahey

    Lahey Disciple (359) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    Imagine the line for those last few pints...
     
  27. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,634) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

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  28. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,634) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Personally you've described what I most enjoy about travel as well. However, if I were still in the military and there in Iceland for a large scale training exercise I'd not be allowed that luxury.
     
  29. Dan_K

    Dan_K Devotee (482) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado
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    They spent their own personal money, I can assure you.
     
  30. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,349) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Exactly, they were spending their own cash and I am sure they earned every dollar of it.
     
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  31. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Devotee (495) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    This situation sounds like the start of an Icelandic country music song...they drank all our beer and gave us all VD....
     
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  32. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (836) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    Notice the article doesn't say, "Those damned troops ate ALL of our fermented shark!" Fuckin' Iceland.
     
  33. BeerDrinkinGuy

    BeerDrinkinGuy Initiate (12) Nov 2, 2018

    Well 6-7000 people would drain any small town really.
     
  34. Riff

    Riff Crusader (734) May 12, 2016 Virginia

    Our carrier group did something similar to an island in the Caribbean. Granted, it was more than beer and in particular involved rum, but they had to send out for resupply from other islands.

    And yes, we spent our own paychecks on those purchases...
     
  35. robo55

    robo55 Initiate (45) Oct 29, 2015 Massachusetts
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    I’m confused by this statement. Do you really think the government is paying the bar tabs these guys run up?
     
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  36. tzieser

    tzieser Savant (978) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    Yeah I'd like to hear his elaboration, I'm very curious as to what he's getting at.
     
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  37. montman

    montman Disciple (365) Mar 10, 2009 Virginia
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    See also: "I pay your salary" when pulled over by a cop for speeding.
     
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  38. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,259) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland

    Let's just be glad they didn't have to wake up and go to battle the next morning.
    For what its worth the couple of friends I have that went to both college and military say military drinking blows away college drinking. Not sure why but that is what has been reported back to me.