Malted Madness
By J. Travis Smith
on 3.25.14

Google “weird drinking customs from around the world” and you’re going to be looking at lists with a few true things, some made up “facts” and a lot of misunderstood generalities. We wanted to bring a small sampling of drinking-related customs or facts that are weird, interesting or otherwise, so we did some research and interviewed individuals who reside, or have done extensive traveling, in countries where one might expect peculiar imbibing habits. After asking our Russian traveler about a list of the country’s “customs”, the response was a resounding “meh”: “It’s true they never left any alcohol in their glasses, but [I don't] know about the rest.” Thanks, Russia. Luckily, we were able to get more thoughtful insights from around the world.

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