1 in 10 Texans Say They Tried to Make Homemade Booze During the Pandemic
2020 seemed like the longest year of our lives, especially when our favorite restaurants and bars started closing down.
It wasn't quite so bad in Texas because restaurants were allowed to serve pick-up and curbside orders, and we even amended our laws to allow alcohol-to-go sales.
Still, it was a dark time for those of us who really needed a drink, but one positive thing to come out of the pandemic closures and quarantines was that people started really getting into DIY projects.
That includes trying their hand at homemade booze.
According to a recent survey of 3,000 people by Withdrawl.net, 1 in 10 Texan drinkers said they made their own alcohol during the pandemic.
35% of respondents decided to make their own craft beer. That's not a surprising finding, if you ask me. It's easier than ever to get the supplies you need to brew your own beer at home, and it's slightly safer than making moonshine. (More on that later.)
26% of bibulous DIYers opted to try making high-proof moonshine. I suspect the number should be higher, but I won't say any more about that.
21% of people tried to be classy and make their own wine.
How 'Bout These Apples?
Finally 18% of people stocked up on apples and used them to make hard cider.
Goin' In Blind
Interestingly enough (but not surprisingly), 39% of people who tried making homemade alcohol did 0 research, so they had no idea of the potential dangers, especially the chances of blowing yourself up with methanol and ethanol, and had no ability to regulate the actual alcohol content of their drinks.
Texas Wasn't The Top DIY Booze State
It turns out Texas wasn't the leading state for homemade booze. In fact, it didn't even make the top 10.
That makes sense though, right? Like I said, Texas had options like alcohol-to-go, and many businesses deemed essential had beer, wine, and liquor for sale.
So, who topped the list?
- North Dakota
- New Jersey
Spice Drinks Must Flow
I found this funny. Not only did 31% of people consider alcohol an essential purchase during the pandemic, but 25% said they'd prioritize buying a six-pack of beer over toilet paper if they only had enough money for one of the two!
Hey, you can always just hose off, right?
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