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The Tipsy Timeline

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The Tipsy Timeline is your go-to comedic podcast where history and alcohol collide. Hosts James and Cory take you on a journey through history to discuss the many fascinating stories about alcohol and how it has created the world as we know it today. So come and join us for a story and join us for a… read more

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Colonial Disco: Why 21?

May 24th, 2022


This is the story of how the drinking age in the United States became 21. If you enjoyed this episode consider checking out the resources we used to …

Romancing the Shine: Bootlegger Lewis Redmon

May 19th, 2022


Today we discuss another famous bootlegger, Lewis Redmond! Learn the story of his rise, grace, legendary attitude, and eventual turn towards …

Original Ghosting: The Bahama Queen

May 11th, 2022


This is the story of Gertrude Lythgoe, the Bahama Queen. If you enjoyed this episode consider checking out the resources we used to make it: 

Desperate Enough: Angostura Bitters

May 4th, 2022


In today's episode we look at the creation and rise of Angostura bitters. Sources for today's episode can be found in the following locations:

7-Minute Serfdom: Non-Alcoholic Beers

April 25th, 2022


Today's episode is about the history of non-alcoholic beers and how the gained popularity in Europe, but not the United States. If you enjoyed this …

Treason Adjacent: A Rum Rebellion

April 18th, 2022


Today we discuss Australia's Rum Rebellion. Sources for today's episode come from the following sources:

Liquid Wonder Bread: Budweiser Rising

April 14th, 2022


This is the origin story of the Budweiser Brewery. If you enjoyed the episode consider buying us a beer at our Patreaon at

Iowan Standoff: The Beer Riots

March 28th, 2022


This is the story of the Iowan Beer Riots; a night of bloodshed and brews. If you liked this episode consider joining our Patreon and buying us a beer at Also, please check out the resources …

Monopolistic Penguins: How Ice Got in Your Glass

March 28th, 2022


This is the story of Frederic "The Ice King" Tudor and how he brought ice to the masses and their cocktails. If you liked this episode consider joining our Patreon and buying us a beer at

So Sticky: Champagne Celebration Sprays

March 10th, 2022


Today we discuss the evolution of champagne showers and their evolution from the world of racing. Why the expensive sprays? Someone had to start it, …

Nah, Brah: How to Ignore Prohibition

March 7th, 2022


"TJ" Pendergast managed to use political connections to completely ignore prohibition in Kansas City. But how? Was that even possible? The answer is …

Dr Frenchman: Longworth Sparkling Wine

February 22nd, 2022


Today we enjoy the story of Nicholas Longworth, the eccentric lawyer who helped cultivated America's first successful commercial winery! Find out the …

Sack Slap: The Evolution of Sherry

February 14th, 2022


This week we discuss the trials, tribulations, conquests, and continuation of Spain's famous wine, Sherry. Find out how grapes came to the Iberian …

Benny & Benne: Miner's Club Benedictine

February 7th, 2022


Today's story involves the Burnley miners' working men's social club and how it became the biggest buyer of Benedictine in the world! Sources for …

CIA of Grapes: Dr. Konstantin Franck

February 3rd, 2022


This is the story of Dr. Konstantin Franck, the man heavily responsible for making cold weather grape growing possible. If you enjoyed this episode …

Kentucky Fried Monk: Lies of Benedictine

January 24th, 2022


This week we discuss the history and mythology of Benedictine, the classic herb liquor. Sources for today's show can be found in the following …

Frasier of Grapes: Winemaking in the Finger Lakes

January 19th, 2022


This episode is about the history of winemaking in the Finger Lakes and the tremendous impact that this part of the country had on the American winemaking industry. If you enjoyed this show, consider buying us a beer by …

Cranberry Bloodletting: A Song of Sangria

January 3rd, 2022


This week we explore the origins of Sangria, how and why it evolved, and how it became so closely associated with Spain. Sources for today's episode …

Anaphylactic Erikson: North American Wine

December 23rd, 2021


This episode is about the history of wine in North America. If you enjoyed this episode consider checking out our Patreon at And be sure to check out the resources we used to make this …

John "Bandito" Hancock: America's National Beverage

December 15th, 2021


Today we discuss how and why Portuguese Madeira became the semi-official drink of the American Revolution. Join us for the here and then. Sources for …

Water Losers: The Ladies Save Jamestown

December 6th, 2021


This is the story of how female brewers saved the colony of Jamestown from ruin. If you liked this episode, consider buying us a beer at our Patreon: …

Floc-you-later: Lager Yeast

December 1st, 2021


We discuss the appearance, origins, and first use of lager yeast. Sources for today's episode can be found in the following locations

Veuve on the Move: Champagne Pt III

November 15th, 2021


In this episode of the Tipsy Timeline, we talk about the odds-defying rise of Veuve Clicquot. If you enjoyed this episode, consider buying us a beer by going to and supporting us on our …

Tom Perignon: Champagne Pt II

November 9th, 2021


This is part two of our three part-er on the history of champagne. In this episode we focus on one of the OG champagne-makers: Dom Perignon. If you enjoyed this episode consider buying us a beer at …

Augustus Appleseed: Champagne Pt1

November 1st, 2021


This is part 1 of 3 of the history of champagne. If you enjoyed this episode please consider going to to become a Patron. …

Pump the Worm: Draft Beer's Birth

October 27th, 2021


Today we discuss the how, why, and who of draft beer! Sources for today's episode can be found at the following locations

Drunken White Hat: The Congressional Bootlegger

October 20th, 2021


Today's story of The Man in the Green Hat. Congress' most notorious bootlegger. If you like the episode consider buying us a beer by going to our Patreon at And check out the resources we used …

Busy Goths: Modern Wine Distribution

October 7th, 2021


This week we discuss the start of the modern(ish) practice of exporting wine. Who started it? How did it grow? How did certain countries get their …

Cats & Barrels: The Industrial Beer Revolution

September 28th, 2021


What is the relationship between the Industrial Revolution and the growth of mass-produced beer? This episode will answer that question! 

Also, check …

Liquor Stew: Educated Guesses on Caipirinha

September 8th, 2021


This episode is about the many theories of the birth of caipirinha. If you liked this episode, check out some of the resources we used to make it: 

Ir-"ISH": Birth of the Irish Red Ale

August 30th, 2021


The surprising history of the Irish Red Ale. If you enjoyed the story check out the resources we used to make it:

The Spirit Stick: Brazilian Cachaça

August 23rd, 2021


Today's show is all about the history and impact of cachaça, a Brazilian delicacy and native spirit worthy of celebration. We discuss it's formation …

The Connecticut Glaciers: When Seltzers Took Over

August 19th, 2021


This episode is about the who, what, when, why of hard seltzers. Check out these resources we used to make the episode!

New Realm, Who Dis: Tequila's Origin

August 2nd, 2021


Today's episode is about the history of tequila. If you enjoyed it, then consider checking out the resources we used to make it:

The Maltiverse: Zima's Demise

July 26th, 2021


Today's episode focuses on the impressive launch and impressive failure of Zima. We discuss the marketing, the market, the 90s trends, and how long Zima hung around on shelves around the world. Sources for today's …

Right in the Pina: Mezcal

July 19th, 2021


Today's episode explores the history of Mezcal. Where it comes from, it's alcohol parentage and grand-parentage, and how it was shaped by the …

Peter the Guy: Glorious Soviet Champagne

July 5th, 2021


This episode is about the strange history of Soviet Champagne. If you liked this episode, consider checking out some of our other episodes and …

Upstate Mesopotamia: Inventing Cocktail Recipes

June 21st, 2021


On today's show we explore the cocktail recipe itself! When was a cocktail defined? When did we start writing them down? When did we start publishing and standardizing them? Find out this and more. Sources for today's …

Tubby Tony: Birth of the Gay Bar

June 15th, 2021


This episode is about the history of the gay bar. If you liked this episode consider checking out the resources we used to make it:

A Louse-y Story: Cognac's Wild Ride

June 7th, 2021


This week's episode explores the sourcing, history, and modern influences of cognac. Tax law, Napoleon, jazz, and hip hop all make their appearance …

Still Fugglin': The Hop Cultivation Revolution

June 1st, 2021


The history of hops culitvation and the "creation" of the infamous Citra hop. If you like this episode, check out the resources we used to make it: 

#83 Drive or Die: From Moonshine to Stock Cars

May 24th, 2021


The history of how moonshine created NASCAR. If you like this episode consider checking out the awesome resources we used to make it: 

Mid-Level Shogun: Japanese Whisky

May 17th, 2021


Following up a little on last week's discussion of Japanese Oak, we discuss the hows and whys of Japanese whisky. When did Japan start producing …

Rab-Bots Rising: Japanese Whisky's Edge

May 11th, 2021


The history of the Japanese whisky barrel and post-war economic policy that paved the way for the explosion in Japanese whisky popularity. Check out …

Award Winning Poison: California Wine Part II

April 26th, 2021


This episode picks up where we left in Part 1! Picking up in prohibition, we talk about how wineries survived, where it started to get used, and some of the less savory tactics employed. When did California wine become …

Wet and Nutritious: California's Wine History Part I

April 12th, 2021


This is the first of two episodes exploring the history of California wines. If you like this episode consider checking out the resources we used to …

Put Back the Bones: The Most Dangerous Brewery

April 8th, 2021


The history of the world's most dangerous brewery. If you like this episode, consider checking out the resources we used to make it: 

Big Swinging Whisky: How Scotch Conquered the World

March 28th, 2021


This week we dig into why Scotch has sigh a high mind-share in western culture and why it's considered higher quality than other whiskeys. How this …

From Pepsi With Love: A Surprise Navy

March 23rd, 2021


The history of how Pepsi bartering with the USSR created a Naval power. If you liked this episode consider checking out the resources we used to make …

Olive Bathtub: The Birth of the Martini

March 13th, 2021


The origins and rise of the martini cocktail. If you like what you hear in this podcast, check out the resources used to make it: 

Hard to Blow: Wine Bottles

March 8th, 2021


How did the modern wine bottle evolve, and why do we have several standard shapes? Find out the history of the modern wine bottle and how it evolved …

Absolved and Alcoholed: Monks and Beer

February 28th, 2021


This week we dig into the interesting connections between monasteries and beer brewing. Throughout history, monasteries played an important role in …

Penicillin Pigeon: Beer Saves Georgia

February 22nd, 2021


Today's story is about British colonists living in the newest Georgia colony and how beer very literally saved their lives. If you like what you …

Taxes is Taxes: A Tale of Taverns

February 15th, 2021


A rundown of the historical role of taverns in early America. Their use in private affairs, public jails, and legal affairs, public meeting houses, …

Drip & Ship: Jamaica's Beer Heritage

February 9th, 2021


When you think of the Caribbean, what comes to mind? Probably sandy beaches, beautiful weather, crystal clear waters, and of course a rich beer …

Killdevil Chronicles: Discovering Rum

February 2nd, 2021


A history of the creation of rum, and its story in the new world (well, mostly new). Sources for this week's episode can be found in the following …

Repent Ye Slingers: Cuban Cocktail Culture

January 19th, 2021


The history of Cuban bartending and cocktail culture. If you like what you heard, consider checking out today's resources: 

Clink or Sink: History of Toasting

January 4th, 2021


This is one our more straight-forward episodes. It's a history of toasting. How and why it started including nomenclature and how it evolved. Sources …

Levee le Sausage: Canada's Mighty Moose Milk

December 21st, 2020


The history of Canadian (née French) male-only holiday party, the Levée, how it translated in the New World, and how some World War II innovation …

The Washington Phoenix: Unlikely Whiskey Tycoon

December 7th, 2020


We discuss the transition and new career of one of America's foremost patriots: George Washington. We discuss his move into whiskey, along with the decline of that historical distillery. Sources for today's episode can …

Attack Bear: Two Flavors of Vodka History

November 17th, 2020


This week we discuss the Vodka origination stories from both Russia and Poland, looking at the differences and enjoying how two-sided history can be. …

Ancestral Glass - The Birth of Beer Glassware

November 3rd, 2020


his episode is about the history of beer drinking vessels. If you like this episode please consider checking out our Patreon ( to help us keep making episodes. And also, check out the resources …

Medieval Fashionistas: The Making of Witches

October 28th, 2020


This week we dig into what makes witches tick. We trace some history to find out where the common iconography of witches and witchcraft come from. The answer is basically beer, publick houses, and one heck of a PR war. …

#61 Beefy Bouquet: Fat Wash Cocktails

October 21st, 2020


The history of fat washed cocktails. If you liked this episode, consider checking out the resources we used to make it: 

#60 2020 of 1987: Corona's Near Miss

October 5th, 2020


This week we discuss a nasty rumor spread about Corona and how its employees find relief, specifically into the beer! Is it true? No, of course not, but the tale is worth your time. Today's sources for the story can be …

#59 - Whisky Soaked Phoenix: The Birth, Death & Rebirth of Scotch

September 29th, 2020


This episode is about the invention and popularization of Scottish whisky – colloquially referred to as Scotch. If you enjoy this episode, consider …

Medieval Amazon: Plague to Pubs

September 20th, 2020


We discuss how the Black Death caused massive population decline and its impact on workers rights, income, and free time. We discuss how these …

Thanks, Plague...The Invention of the Pilsner

September 7th, 2020


This episode is about the birth of the pilsner beer style. If you liked this episode, check out the resources we used to make it:

Almost Never Water: Beer vs Ale

September 1st, 2020


We discuss the historical difference between beer and ale, and why exactly it even differs in the first place. Then of course along the way we discuss the myth that King Henry VIII banned hops. There's a kernel of truth …

Anti-Ice Cubes: Raw Ale Throughout the Ages

August 26th, 2020


This episode is about the history of “raw beers” and the trials and tribulations of making beer in the time beer before boiled water. If you liked …

Monkey Paw Middle Finger: Russian Prohibition

August 17th, 2020


We discuss Russia's prohibition and it's long-reaching impacts on several chapters of Russian history including World War I, World War II, the …

Horsey Ride: The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Fermented Milk

August 4th, 2020


This episode is about the history of Airag, the fermented horse milk of Mongolia. If you liked what you heard, check out some of the resources we …

Ships and Shots: Australian Sparkling Ale

July 26th, 2020


We discuss how beer brewing came to Australia, how breweries adapted to Australia's environmental challenges. Spoiler alert, it can be quite hot! We …

So Many Horses: Creation of Champagne Bottles

July 20th, 2020


We discuss this week how a population and industry explosion led to deforestation, leading to restrictions, which accidentally turned into better …

Crammin' Them Herbs: The History of Bitters

July 14th, 2020


Today we talk about the history of bitters. If you want to know more check out the resources we used for this episode: 

Reverse, Reverse! The Un-History of the IPA

July 6th, 2020


The real history of the IPA, and some light myth-busting. Big, big thanks to Martyn Cornell for doing so much heavy lifting on this topic over the years. His writing is largely the basis of this episode. Links here …

Pentuple Threat: The Olympic Booze Games

July 1st, 2020


Today’s episode explores alcohol use and abuse throughout the history of the Olympic Games. If you liked this episode check out some of the resources …

Artillery Bear: Story of Wojtek

June 28th, 2020


We discuss Wojtek, the bear adopted and enlisted by the Polish army in WWII. He traveled with his company from Iran all the way through into Egypt, …

Budd Mead: Norse Mythology and the Mead of Poetry

June 17th, 2020


We review the story of the Mead of Poetry. Its violent creation and fascinating story come courtesy of the following sources

Wheat Beat: The Reinheitsgebot

June 13th, 2020


This week on The Tipsy Timeline we discuss one of the oldest on-the-books alcohol laws in the world. The Reinheitsgebot! Originally a Bavarian law …

Mattress Venmo: When Pubs Saved Ireland

June 8th, 2020


This episode covers the banking strike of 1970s Ireland and the role that pubs took in preserving the country's economy. If you're interested in …

Jurassic Grapes: History of Merlot

May 18th, 2020


The history of the Merlot grape and its lovely wine as a way to experience how strange and interesting wine trends can be. We start with its discovery in France, transition to Italy, the French frost that almost killed …

Day of the Diaz! How Cinco de Mayo Came to America

May 11th, 2020


The history of Cinco de Mayo and how it became an American "drinking holiday." If you liked the show check out some of the resources we used to make …

Death Driveway: George Remus' Bootleg Empire

May 7th, 2020


This week we discuss George Remus and his lawyer career, bootleg career, and the wild ride that bootlegging took his personal life. Sources for the …

No Anubis?! The Surprising History of Pouring One Out

April 30th, 2020


The history of "pouring one out". If you liked this episode, consider checking out some of the resources we used to make it:

Medicine, Myth, and Murder: Absinthe

April 20th, 2020


This week is the rise and fall of absinthe. We discuss its discovery as medicine and use in ancient civilizations. We transition to its use as a distillate and beverage of choice in France. We discuss its being caught …

Putting it Wildly: History of Homebrew

April 2nd, 2020


We discuss the history of American homebrewing. We go back and start with Colonial America all the way through German immigration, the Civil War, and …

Shoot Your Shot: History of Gin and Tonic

March 25th, 2020


We take the long and winding road from malaria to the Gin and Tonic. We discuss just how big of a deal malaria was, the discovery of anti-malarial drugs, distillation of quinine, and why this became intertwined with …

Tar Treatment: The Whiskey Rebellion

March 8th, 2020


This week we discuss he 1791-1794 Whiskey Rebellion. We try to put some cultural and historical context on why it's important and why these newfound …

Shovels & Cuddles: History of Steam Beers

March 3rd, 2020


Today’s episode is about the history of steam beer. If you are interested in knowing more, check out the resources we used to make this episode: 


Drunk In Chief: Feelin' Cute

February 25th, 2020


Today we discuss a few episodes where President Nixon had a few too many libations. It turns out we have Mr. Henry Kissinger for intercepting a few bad ideas including some near-miss incidents in Vietnam and Cambodia. …

Spirit of the Toe: The Sour Toe Cocktail

February 21st, 2020


The history of the sour toe cocktail. Full references for the show can be found here

Doctor Beer: History of Meat Stouts

February 9th, 2020


The strange and wonderful history of meat stouts. Check out these resources for more information: 

The Iceman Cometh: History of Cocktails

February 5th, 2020


Genuinely a history of Cocktails and how humans dreamed this up. Sources for the episode can be found here:

Royal Wrestling: The Party That Started a War

January 28th, 2020


This episode is about a wrestling match between King Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France, and their wrestling match that led to a European war. If you are interested in learning more, check out these …

Beer Pulp: The Surprising History of Straws

January 20th, 2020


In this episode we talk about the history of straws and how beer was instrumental to their development. Also, check out the sources we used for this …

A Little Fatal: Bottled in Bond

January 13th, 2020


This week we discuss distillation, and the scruples (or lack thereof) of our ancestors. Sources for this episode are from the following places

The Templar Kitchen: Holiday Spices & Alcohol

December 24th, 2019


The history of holiday spices and how they made their way into your favorite cocktails. For more information check out the resources we used:

2 Pounds?! Mulled Wine

December 21st, 2019


The history of adding spices to wine, making it mulled wine. Sources for the episode can be found here

Norse Canary: History of Winter Beers

December 10th, 2019


The history of Winter Beers from the cold lands of Scandinavia to the British Isles. If you would like to know more, check out the resources we used …

One Drunk Pig: The Great London Beer Flood

November 24th, 2019


Historic floods of beer in both London and Manchester. Along with the possible reason(s), and beer storage practices of the day. Sources for the episode can be found here. Check out more from Zythophile if you're into …

Advanced Shovel Technology: History of Malts

November 18th, 2019


A composited history of malts, focusing on patent malt and chocolate malt. Sources for the timeline today came from the following sources

7th Gen Badass: Jack Daniels and Nathan Greene

November 12th, 2019


The history of Jack Daniels whiskey and his Master Distiller (and former slave!) Nathan Greene. Sources for the episode can be found here

Turnip Torch: The Legend of the Jack O Lantern

November 11th, 2019


This week we follow history across the Atlantic to discuss the story of the origins of the Jack O Lantern. Sources for today's story come from the …

Floating Pubs: Naval Drinking Traditions

October 31st, 2019


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Balloon Warfare: The Ghost Army

October 22nd, 2019


The 1943 Ghost Army designed to make Allied forces look more impressive than they really were. Sources from this episode came from the following …

Busy Benedictines: History of Hops

October 16th, 2019


 In this episode we talk about the history of hops and how they were introduced to beer making. If you are interested in learning more, check out the …

Vodka Llama: The Moscow Mule

October 10th, 2019


The invention and history of the Moscow Mule. These are the sources used to create this week's episode:

Makin' It Raines: The 1896 Raines Law

October 4th, 2019


The history of the 1896 Law and its complications in New York City. Raines Law and the Raines Sandwich. Source of the story available courtesy of Atlas Obscura. 

Un-Bung It: Wine Transportation Through Time

September 22nd, 2019


We talk about how wine was distributed throughout history. Rocks, wood, glass, and bladders they used it all. Check out some of the sources we used …

Wine Butler: History of Sommeliers

September 8th, 2019


We explore the history of the art and profession of the sommelier. Notes from this episode come from the following sources:

Glass Hole: History of Beer Bottles

September 3rd, 2019


A look at the history of the beer bottle including its invention, transformation, and eventual mass production throughout the world. For more …

Ancient FOaMO: History of Carbonation

August 27th, 2019


Has beer always been carbonated? What causes it to happen and who discovered it? If you find this episode interesting we have some additional sources …

Yeast is People: Discovery of Yeast

August 20th, 2019


What is yeast? How did we find it? When? We have a few sources included below:

Shadow of the Onion: The Ottoman Empire's Wine Invasion

August 15th, 2019


This week's Tipsy Timeline is about the Ottoman Empire, one of the greatest Empires the world has known yet. An empire of religious law, military might, and a taste for the finest wines. Cyprus wines were loved by …

Rich, Frothy History: Egg Cocktails

August 5th, 2019


Do you like brunch? Who are we kidding, of course you do! And everyone knows you can’t have brunch without eggs. It feels like there are a million different ways to serve them up: fried, over easy, poached, in …

Stuck to a Bench: Medieval Ale Tasters

July 29th, 2019


This week on the Tipsy Timeline, we talk about one of the least popular jobs in Medieval England. Ale Taster! Sounds like a dream today, but why was …

The Kick Bowl: History of Punch

July 25th, 2019


This week on The Tipsy Timeline we explore the mysterious histery of that most magical of party drinks, punch! Jungle Juice, Jet Fuel, even the ol' …

Izzy & Moe: Prohibition Agent #1

July 15th, 2019


This week we discuss the enforcement of prohibition, and it's Agent #1. With no prior law enforcement experience, how effective was this individual? What did he do? How did he keep up the pace? How does someone even …

Lost and Confused: Canadian Prohibition

July 1st, 2019


In this week's episode of the Tipsy Timeline we talk about prohibition - nope! Not THAT prohibition - today we head north of Michigan. In this …

Reverse Spy Double Bluff: Drunken Spies

June 25th, 2019


On this week's Tipsy Timeline we talk about classic spycraft, Kremlinology, undercover operations, and alcohol! What do these things have in common? …

The McDougals of Hazard

June 18th, 2019


Welcome to the inaugural episode of The Tipsy Timeline! Ever wonder how Irish whiskey and Scotch came to be so different? How did the smooth, clean water of life from Ireland come to be so different from the smokey, …

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