Iceland. A country I admire and the country which also have some surprisingly good beer I´ve been blessed to drink. Not the one this article mentions so I´m happy that there are more. Pretty amazing story.
Iceland, the last non-muslim country to legalize beer, has only had beer since March 1, 1989. Shocking, right? Like American prohibition, the movement to ban alcohol began early in the 20th century. The International Organisation of Good Templars (IOGT), a Swedish-born group devoted to total abstinence, gained political traction in Iceland and swung the vote to prohibit alcohol in the 1908 referendum.
Alcoholic liquors as a beverage are to them an outlaw and an enemy. Good Templars abstain, not only because it is expedient, but because it is right.
Two periods in Icelandic history relaxed the laws. First, in 1921, Spain threatened to stop importing Icelandic fish unless Iceland imported Spanish wine. Later, in 1935, spirits were legalized. Some vocal Icelanders were convinced that cheap, delicious beer would become a gateway drink to alcoholism, depravity, and…
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