Historian concludes: “While they drink rakia, the Bulgarians are invincible”

An interesting archaeological find in Bulgaria this week gave new life to the discussion when the art of distilling became a thing in Europe. This part of an 11th century distillation vessel is the third piece of hard evidence from Bulgaria that it’s national drink rakia was around a few hundred years before the Western Europeans started distilling, which is believed…

Poetry: In the Tavern by Hristo Botev

It’s been a while since we had some cultural stuff on this blog, so it’s high time for a poem. This one is from a man that we hope to present to you soon in our section of great drunks in world history. Hristo Botev was a Bulgarian freedom fighter in the 19th century as…

Lord Byron, the 19th century Charlie Harper

Lord Byron (1788-1824) was a poet from England, who later in his life became a national hero in Greece because of his leading role in the revolution against the Ottoman Empire. But most of his fame he probably achieved with his extravagant lifestyle. George Gordon Byron had numerous love affairs and punished his liver severely…

Erdogan, the enemy of the true drinker

For already a week there’s major chaos in Turkey. Protesters against the government of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan are being beaten down by the regime with brutal force. What started as a small scaled protest over a parc is now looking more and more like a revolt. The current protests are a cry for…