What are the most interesting accidental discoveries in the beverage world that you are familiar with? In other words, what wine/spirits/beer or factors of production were discovered by accident and still have a footprint in the market today? Champagne, madeira, charred oak etc...
Port! Originally brandy was added to grape spirt in order to preserve it for the long trip on the ships.. turns out those sailors liked the ways it tasted!
For that matter, brandy itself. The original plan was to distill wine to make it easier to transport and then reconstitute it when it got to Holland. But they realized it just created something else entirely.
Thanks Charlie! Haven't heard of that before, just the port/madeira stories. Appreciate it!
To add to what Chelsea and Charlie already said:
The name "Brandy" comes from the Dutch brandewijn (“burnt wine”), referring to the application of heat in distillation: https://www.britannica.com/topic/brandy
Somehow the etymology of the world helps solidify the concepts for me when I study.
Probably not what you were looking for but Antabuse, a medicine that "helps" alcoholics stop drinking by making them violently ill when alcohol is present in their system, was found by accident... at a Dutch university.
Awesome! Thanks Christopher! I am trying to coordinate a themed tasting event with the accidental discoveries and these definitely are helping!
I can't find any definitive sources and I don't want to give you bad information, but how about looking into Spatlese? Supposedly it was "discovered" by accident in 1775 at Schloss Johannisberg.
Worth looking in to! I have not heard of it being accidental before. Thank you!
It was noticed that whiskey being shipped to New Orleans from Kentucky in charred oak barrels tasted better than other containers. In particular, whiskey from Bourbon County was highly sought after. They knew where it was from because the barrels were marked Bourbon. So folks started asking for Bourbon and the rest is history...