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Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by MNAle, Oct 31, 2018.
Bars in downtown Reykjavík ran out of beer serving thirsty US sailors and marines
America! Hell yeah!
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.
God bless our troops!!
@Roguer , where were you last weekend, hmmm?
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!!!!
"No, no, no ----Thank YOU for YOUR service!"
Wonder if they ran out of hookers, too?
"Why is the rum gone?"
- Captain Jack Sparrow
I wonder if there was a big, concurrent undertow at the city's water department?
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.
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.
As mentioned, the most impressive thing here is how expensive that would have been.
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.
You lost me at "shame to spend your time there in a bar".
Saw this on the news... Raising a toast to all our troops past, present, and future. Thank you all for your service.
Was it just US troops though? Or were there other NATO troops as well?
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.
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.
That literally has nothing to do with this situation.
It was a joke.........
Glad to see where my tax money is spent on.
The services have many more women serving their country at all ranks and positions. One wonders.....
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.
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!
Imagine the line for those last few pints...
Apparently the folks with boots on the ground were US Marines and the naval forces were from US, the UK, Denmark and Canada.
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.
They spent their own personal money, I can assure you.
Exactly, they were spending their own cash and I am sure they earned every dollar of it.
This situation sounds like the start of an Icelandic country music song...they drank all our beer and gave us all VD....
Notice the article doesn't say, "Those damned troops ate ALL of our fermented shark!" Fuckin' Iceland.
Well 6-7000 people would drain any small town really.
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...
I’m confused by this statement. Do you really think the government is paying the bar tabs these guys run up?
Yeah I'd like to hear his elaboration, I'm very curious as to what he's getting at.
See also: "I pay your salary" when pulled over by a cop for speeding.
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.