The London Beer Flood

The London Beer Flood

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Due to some cultural twist of perception, drowning in an alcoholic beverages has become a stylish, almost cool way to go, giving in to the effect of shed spirits. However, this was not case in the infamous tragedy of the 1814 London Beer Flood.
Although the contemporary court ruling has not found any one person guilty of bringing about the catastrophe, it can be suspected that an employee of Meux and Company brewery, who was assigned with the task of overseeing storage units had made a mistake when couldn’t register any structural change in one of the vats, containing the brewery’s beer.
On October 17th, in Tottenham Court Road, one of the brewery’s vat was broken. It structurally damaged the container, and as its contents spilled out to its direct environment causing a domino-effect with surrounding vats.
This unimaginable amount of beer spilled on the streets, destroying two homes, seriously damaging a nearby pub, flooding cellars (and basement rooms), and killing at least 8 people in the process.

Commemorating the event, a local pub, Holborn Whippet started to annually serve its own Beer Flood porter at the day of the catastrophe.