20 Odd Facts & Stories From Prohibition


11Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover

During prohibition, Herbert Hoover would go to the Belgian embassy to have martinis, as it was not illegal to possess alcohol on foreign soil.

12Malt extract

Malt extract

During Prohibition, many major breweries turned to sell malt extract for use in baking bread and desserts. It was also hop flavored. One city reported enough was sold each week to make 16 loaves of bread for every man, woman, and child.



The movement for Prohibition led to American beer-makers moving towards lighter, blander beers in the early part of the 20th century as they tried to emphasize that beer was healthier than whiskey

14William McCoy

William McCoy

During Prohibition, bootlegger William S. McCoy became famous for never watering down his beer or booze as opposed to many who did so to stretch profits. As a result, people starting calling his products, "the real McCoy."

15Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

During prohibition, Winston Churchill received a prescription for alcohol when he visited the United States, his Doctor writing, "The quantity [prescribed] is naturally indefinite."

16Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea

During the prohibition era, the Long Island Iced Tea originated in the United States because when it was all combined it looked like a non-alcoholic iced tea.

17Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith

Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith

During Prohibition, federal agents Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith disguised themselves as grave-diggers, football players, Russian women, rabbis, judges, and plumbers (among many others). Together, they seized more than 5 million bottles of illicit booze and made 4,932 arrests.

18Liver cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis

During Prohibition, cases of liver cirrhosis decreased by almost two-thirds.

19Prohibition juries

Prohibition juries

During Prohibition juries used Jury Nullification to acquit in up to 60% of cases, contributing to repealing Prohibition laws.

20Carry Nation

Carry Nation

Carry Nation was a Prohibition activist who went into saloons with a hatchet, ripping kegs open and scolding drinkers.