This month in drinking history

Happy September! As many of you are aware, Bloody Mary history will be made one week from today: 9/10 is the date for the first ever Portland Bloody Mary Festival! I’ve heard that the first session is already sold out, but you may still be able to get tickets for the afternoon portion here.  I can’t tell you what an honor it’s been to be nominated as one of the best Bloody Marys in the city!

Making history got me thinking about important dates, past and present. Here are a few little-known holidays that are good reasons for taking the day off (at least in my house).

9/1 – National Lazy Moms Day. Oh dang, I slept through that one. Sorry.

9/13 – Francis Scott Key was watching The Battle of Fort Henry in Baltimore Harbor on this fine evening in 1814, and at dawn saw the American flag still flying over the fort. It inspired him to write a poem, which was later set to the tune of a popular drinking song and became the U.S. National Anthem in 1931.

9/22 – On this day in 1999, Dustin Phillips (USA) set a new record for drinking a popular tomato-based liquid. But it wasn’t Bloody Marys! He drank a 14 oz. bottle of ketchup through a 1/4″ straw in 33 seconds.

September is also:

Bourbon Heritage Month
Pleasure Your Mate Month
Healthy Aging Month
Self-Improvement Month
Better Breakfast Month (Bloody Marys, anyone?)

Wish me luck next week…I’ll let you know how it all turns out! Cheers!