MANNERS & MORALS: Deadlier Than Bullets


Government-issue 3.2 beer is an innocuous, vaguely sudsy fluid which can be closely approximated by steeping a yeast cake and a tea leaf in a gallon of any good, mild barley water. But when U.S. prohibitionists heard that the Army was issuing it to the front-line soldiers in Korea at the rate of a can a day, they reacted almost as if G.I.s were being taught the opium habit.* As a result, the Department of Defense nervously directed General MacArthur to cut off the free beer issue immediately.

This set off a truly horrendous outcry last week from beer drinkers...

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