Aside from the big boom that comes from a nuclear explosion, the biggest fear of the atomic bomb was the radiation. Which can linger for years and do some serious harm. So back when the United States government was testing the A-bomb to see just how destructive it really was, they decided it would be a good idea to see how this radiation would effect the land, our food, and packaged goods. Enter Operation Teapot, an atomic bomb test meant to study the effect of a nuclear explosion on packaged beverages. Part of this experiment,and the part we deem most important, was fixed on the survive-ability of beer in a nuclear attack.
So imagine you find a surviving bottle of beer in the wake of a nuclear explosion, is it safe to drink? Well according to Operation Teapot, yes! …for the most part.
“These beverages could be used as potable water sources for immediate emergency purposes as soon as the storage area is safe to enter after a nuclear explosion.”
After testing the bottles at multiple ranges (some as close as a quarter-mile) scientist found that though the brews did have some radiation the amounts were “well within the permissible limits for emergency use”.
But what about the taste. Taste testers found that the beers closest to the blast did taste kind of funky, but hey you have to give the beer credit for surviving a nuclear blast.
So feel better the next time you stock up on your favorite six packs, cause in the case of nuclear fallout, you’ll at least have your beer.