Alcoholic Beverages of Wa-Daisho
Every land has drinks common only to their lands that are otherwise unheard of outside of it. Wa-Daisho is no different from other lands, and although it has not been in existence a terribly long time, they have begun producing a fair variety of alcoholic drinks. I have included these, as well as some of the more prolific imports. Naturally I cannot include ALL the drinks found in Wa-Daisho because businesses continue to experiment with drinks, and new imports occasionally make there way there, so frequently in fact that, it would simply be impossible to list all of them. Furthermore micro-breweries and home operated stills produce limited supplies of various other liquors that would be equally impossible to describe. Some of these are better than mass produced varieties, while others still are far cries from them.
Note that in Wa-Daisho a small percentage of the people there have abnormal tolerances to alcohol - usually deriving from supernatural origins. As a result in some places, such as the Stone Tavern for instance, powdered drugs may be added to drinks to give it an added kick or potency not otherwise attributed to a drink. Mostly these powdered drugs are added to hard liquor or mixed drinks, but can be added to beer at the expense of causing it to continuously froth until it is flat. The actual drug involved is something along the lines of an advanced stage Acetaminophen/Oxycodone, but concentrated and powdered for to increase the loopy/drowsy effect alcohol can cause. Note that multiple packets of this drug can be added to the drink to increase the effect. For every packet of the drug added to the drink, increase the effects as though SIX more strong drinks have been consumed. Thus a Godling or Brodkil could consume six shots of Smithe Corp Rye Whiskey laced with this drug before they were falling down drunk. (According to the stats in RIFTS World Book 14: New West, on page 122.) Each of these packets cost 15 credits, plus tax.)
Locally Produced Malt Liquors
Gritstone Dark Lager: A DARK beer with a high alcohol content. Harsh, and "nasty" tasting to anyone but a beer lover. Typically served cold in Wa-Daisho. It is available for 3 credits per 650 millilitre (1 PT, 6 OZ) black and silver can. Produced by Gritstone Brewery, located 8 km (5 mi) North of Wa-Daisho City, but canned in Silverstone by Smithe Corp.
Sutmer's Fine Brew Beer: A weak beer with a taste comparable to dish water - BUT it's cheap. It is available for 1.2 credits per 650 millilitre (1 PT, 6 OZ) orange and white can. It is produced at a fairly large, but dingy looking brewery at Taylorville. It is consumed in vast quantities by the miners of Wa-Daisho.
Silverstone Brewery Amber Ale: A medium bodied ale that won't knock a drinker over the way the Gritstone and Silverstone Dark Lagers will, but despite it's mild kick it has an excellent flavour and goes down extremely smoothly. It is available for 2.5 credits per 650 millilitre (1 PT, 6 OZ) golden colored can. This is what is most commonly found on tap in any bar in Wa-Daisho.
Silverstone Red Ale: Again manufactured by Smithe Corp in Silverstone, this is a deep red colored ale, with a very strong cherry flavour. There is no mass produced equivalent anywhere in North America to this drink, micro-breweries aside, making it undoubtably THE unique ale of Wa-Daisho. It is available for 3 credits per 650 millilitre (1 PT, 6 OZ) red and green can. During State holidays this drink is commonly consumed in honour of the Republic - it's color being the symbol of the beginning of the Republic.
Silverstone Dark Lager: A strong, harsh flavoured lager, but with a more moderate alcohol content than Gritstone Dark Lager. It is available for 3.2 credits per 650 millilitre (1 PT, 6 OZ) dark brown and silver can. Connoseurs of beer would suggest that it is close in flavour to the Royal Tolkeen Brewery Mindbender Lager but with a much weaker kick.
Imported Malt Liquors
A small variety of Beer is also imported into Wa-Daisho via private traders as well as via some official import agreements. Some of the more prominent varieties are;
Sakagai Beer: A good, smooth flavoured beer with a fairly strong kick - produced by the Imperial Brewery at Kyatashiro. It is available in Wa-Daisho for 4.2 credits per 650 millilitre (1 PT, 6 OZ) brown bottle.
Budweiser: An import from Desert Star, reproducing the famous beer of the ancient American Empire. Produced in exactly the same fashions and customs of the original Budweiser. It is available in Wa-Daisho for 4 credits per 355 millilitre (12 OZ) red and white can.
Kasva Camsli: Dragonese for Marble Foam. A light colored ale from Lazlo, with a slightly walnutty taste, and a mediocre kick, but is famous for it's mountainous amounts of white frothy foam. This is actually a traditional Elven brew with a delicate flavour and a weak alcohol content as compared to human or dwarven brews. It is available in Wa-Daisho for 5 credits per 615 millilitre (1 PT, 4 OZ) delicate amber hued bottle.
Ned's Bad Ass Brew: Produced by a brewer in a settlement on the coast of California, known only as Grinnin' Ned. He regularly sends a few dozen barrels of his own special brew to Wa-Daisho whenever he gets the chance. It's usually pretty spendy, but it's color is that of week old coffee with sizzling carbonation, with foam that never seems to end. It's alcohol content is so strong, it is considered a hard liquor in Wa-Daisho, and is typically served as a shot to be sipped upon despite it's classification as a beer! It is available in Wa-Daisho only in the bars - Grinnin' Ned does not bottle his "Bad Ass Brew" in anything other than barrels. Price of the shot varies from 4-6 credits, depending on where you are at.
Corkdriver Malt Beer: A very strong malt beer, with a sweet earthy/tuberish flavour that derives from the malted subterrainian tubers called Wushum. Produced by the Corkdrivers, a dwarven family living north of New Hope, (A fair sized city on the coast of California.) it is marketed all over the West Coast, and as far East as Desert Star. There is always a steady supply of this drink available in Wa-Daisho, Water Point Preserve, New Hope, and many of the small communities throughout the region indicated. Those not normally accustomed to drinking dwarven beer almost feel as though their drink has been laced with something more powerful than alcohol simply because the kick really sneaks up on them. The aftermath of a drinking binge involving Corkdriver Malt Beer almost invariably ends with a throbbing headache, pounding as though a vindictive dwarf were contained in one's head while he were maliciously pounding on a steel anvil with an oversized hammer! Corkdriver Malt Beer is only available in barrel kegs, and generally sells for 4-6 credits per mug.
Locally Produced Liquor
Gritstone Whiskey: A harsh tasting rye mash whiskey that goes down like fire, and seems to sizzle in the throat for minutes after. After production it is aged a minimum of two years before distribution. Available in clear 1 Litre (1 QT, 2 OZ) glass bottles for 15 credits per bottle, or 2-4 credits per shot. Produced by Gritstone Brewery & Distillery, located 8 km (5 mi) North of Wa-Daisho City, but bottled in Silverstone by Smithe Corp.
Thinman Moonshine: This is a harsh tasting corn and sugar mash whiskey that has been aged for at least a year in uncharred Gary Oak casks. Produced in Angel Peak, it's trademark is the grinning face of a Mechanoid Thin Man on the front label. In the front office of the small distillery, is the head of a Mechanoid Thinman a trophy from before Wa-Daisho was Wa-Daisho. It was salvaged by the owner of the company Jacob Wellesley, after it had been removed from the Mechanoid's body by none other than Nyan Tamya himself. Thinman Moonshine is so strong, it'll burn a flickering blue. Typically bottled in old Smithe Corp clear 1 Litre (1 QT, 2 OZ) glass bottles with replacement labels slapped on them available for 15 credits per bottle, or 2-4 credits per shot.
Thinman Blueberry Brandy: A wonderful sweet blueberry fruit brandy with a firey effect all it's own. As with most brandies it is aged for at least a year in a Gary Oak cask before distribution. Much in the same tradition of Thinman's Moonshine, it is typically bottled in old Smithe Corp clear 1 Litre (1 QT, 2 OZ) glass bottles with replacement labels slapped on them available for 18 credits per bottle, or 3-5 credits per drink.
Thinman Cherry Brandy: Another in their series of brandies, this one fell a bit short of the blueberry in flavour, usually having more of a bitter flavour than a sweet taste - still, as an addative to other drinks, it isn't bad. As with most brandies it is aged for at least a year in a Gary Oak cask before distribution. Bottled in the same fashion as the first two Thinman labels available for 18 credits per bottle, or 3-5 credits per drink.
Grousadao-Perfecto Vodka: This Silverstone based company distills then rectifies a rye mash into a surprisingly excellent quality vodka. Although they primarily manufacture the Vodka to be mixed with fruit or berry juices in their Liqueur varieties, they do market some in a base form of Vodka. Smithe Corp bottles the finished product in clear 1 Litre (1 QT, 2 OZ) glass bottles for 20 credits per bottle, or 3-5 credits per drink.
Grousadao-Perfecto Liqueurs: This is essentially a variety of different flavours of Vodka or Schnapps - depending on which term one prefers - this company produces under this name. (Both Flavoured Vodka and Schnapps are essentially identical save for a few stylistic changes.) Among the flavours regularly produced are; Cherry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Peppermint, Peach, Apple, and Butterscotch. Closer to the New Year a batch of Purple Pine fruit Liqueur will be made for the special occasion. Like many other companies in Wa-Daisho, Smithe Corp bottles the finished product in clear 1 Litre (1 QT, 2 OZ) glass bottles for 24 credits per bottle, or 4-6 credits per drink.
Smithe Corp Rye Whiskey: A very strong, hard edged, and grainy whiskey meant as an addative to other drinks, or to be drank by itself as shots. It is aged in uncharred Gary Oak casks for a minimum of three years. It is of good quality, and is one of the most popular drinks in most of the bars of Wa-Daisho. Available in clear 1 Litre (1 QT, 2 OZ) glass bottles for 15 credits per bottle, or 2-4 credits per shot.
Smithe Corp Bourbon: A primarily corn mash whiskey with a delightfully smooth taste and demeanor, making it the preferred drink by many in the west. It is distinguished from many other varieties of Bourbon through the use of charred cedar casks in lieu of charred oaken casks through the four year aging process. The flavour is therefore quite unique but very palettable. It is one of the few major exports of Wa-Daisho's liquor. Available in clear 1 Litre (1 QT, 2 OZ) glass bottles for 30 credits per bottle, or 5-7 credits per drink.
Smithe Corp Rice Wine: A popular drink in Wa-Daisho due to the traditions Wa-Daisho was founded upon. This Rice Wine is similar to saki, but is considered to be a poor quality by Saki drinkers who've had the better quality stuff. Available in clear 1 Litre (1 QT, 2 OZ) glass bottles for 20 credits per bottle, or 3-5 credits per drink.
Van's Vineyard Red Wine: A fair quality red wine, that tends to have a slightly bitter aftertaste. Van's Vineyard is owned by a partner member of Smithe Corp, and it is bottled by Smithe Corp. Available in dark green 1 Litre (1 QT, 2 OZ) glass bottles for 26 credits (+2 credits per year after the bottling year!) per bottle, or 4-8 credits per drink (+1 credit per 2 years after the bottling year.).
Van's Vineyard White Wine: A GREAT quality White Wine, produced again by a partner member of Smithe Corp. Available in dark green 1 Litre (1 QT, 2 OZ) glass bottles for 26 credits (+2 credits per year after the bottling year!) per bottle, or 4-8 credits per drink (+1 credit per 2 years after the bottling year.).
Van's Vineyard Sparkling White Wine: A good tasting white wine, but the carbonation goes quickly out of their Sparkling White Wine, leaving it flat in less than an hour after opening it. Available in dark green 1 Litre (1 QT, 2 OZ) glass bottles for 30 credits (+2 credits per year after the bottling year!) per bottle, or 4-8 credits per drink (+1 credit per 2 years after the bottling year.).
Royal Tolkeen Orchard Blossum Wine: A delightful flowery flavoured wine known to the Elven people as Elvenblossum Wine. Produced exclusively by the Silverleaf family in Tolkeen, after King Gravander Henchu commissioned them in 51 PA to produce this delightful elixer for mass distribution. Since Tolkeen's fall, RTO Blossum Wine has been widely sought after by collectors, and by connoseurs of fine wines in North America. It can cost anywhere from twenty to fifty credits a glass, depending wholely upon the vintage of the RTO Blossum Wine in question. A clear 1 litre (1 QT, 2 OZ) glass bottle of this sought after drink can be anywhere from 160-800 credits each (A glass then costs 37-184 credits per glass!)! Several high class establishments in Wa-Daisho have a fair sized stock of RTO Blossum Wine from before the fall of Tolkeen.
Purple Moonshine: A VERY sweet and incredibly potent moonshine produced from the alien Purple Pine's fruit, in the Los Alamo region. There is never a steady supply of this drink in Wa-Daisho, but occasionally a crate or two will find it's way into Wa-Daisho and be sold to establishments by free traders. A tan colored 3.78 litre ceramic jug (1 Gallon!) of this imported drink costs anywhere from 50-70 credits while a single shot of Purple Moonshine costs 4-8 credits per drink.
Koranfu Saki: A rice wine imported from Kyatashiro. It is a fine quality rice wine that out does the locally produced rice wine by leaps and bounds in flavour and in the way it goes down smooth. A green 1 litre (1 QT, 2 OZ) glass bottle of this rice wine can be anywhere from 30-45 credits. A glass can be anywhere from 5-9 credits each. Note that in Wa-Daisho it is typically served warm!!
Corkdriver Spirits: A distilled drink made from the same tubers Corkdriver Malt Beer is manufactured from. It's description falls somewhere between a strong Vodka and Everclear in terms of flavour and kick. Among dwarves this is considered a tonic for everything from a nicked finger, to a slight chill, or even just getting wet! It is also used to ease pain, or to aid a stubborn child in getting to sleep, and yes - of course for recreational purposes. True to dwarven tradition this spirit is shipped in the 121 litre (32 gallon) cask it was aged in for 2,800 credits. Typically bars who take it in stock will bottle it in old Smithe Corp clear 1 Litre (1 QT, 2 OZ) glass bottles and sell it for 35 credits each. A single shot costs 3-5 credits.
Redstone Armory Rum: The only rum that commonly makes it's way to Wa-Daisho is the product of Redstone Armory in old Alabama - namely the home base of Golden Age Armaments. This is a nice smooth flowing rum that is a hearty amber color due to the caramel added to the rum base. Although most varieties are unflavoured Redstone Armory also produces a Spiced Rum and Peppermint Rum that occasionally make their way to Wa-Daisho. Costs for this drink are almost always extremely high due to the excessive distance it must cover just to arrive in Wa-Daisho. Typically it is only attained through second and third hand traders. A brown colored 3.78 litre glass jug (1 Gallon!) of this imported drink costs anywhere from 42-59 credits while a single shot of Purple Moonshine costs 4-8 credits per drink.
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