This day in 1814 was very lucky for a handful of Londoners (though sadly rather unlucky for others) when a 7 metre- (23 foot-) tall vat holding 610,000 litres (135,000 imperial gallons) of beer ruptured, causing other gigantic vats in the same brewery to do the same.
As the tidal wave of beer flooded the streets around present-day Tottenham Court Road, people raced on to the streets to scoop up as much as they could. Sadly the force of the wave destroyed two houses and a pub, and at least eight people drowned in flooded basements. The brewery was taken to court but the judge and jury declared the disaster an act of God.
The day has inspired us to drink a Jack Pot, with its hint of London Bitter.
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