Thirsty American Troops Nearly Drank All the Beer in Reykjavík

Close-up of bartender serving beers at bar
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If you’ve ever wondered how many American soldiers it takes to wipe out an entire city’s worth of beer, the answer is around 6,000 of them.

According to Newsweek, thousands of troops stopped by for a quick drink—or maybe four—in Reykjavík, Iceland this past weekend. The military personnel were on their way to Sweden and Finland for the Trident Juncture 18, NATO’s largest military exercise since the Cold War, and made a stop in the Nordic island’s capital for the weekend.

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U.S. troops took a specific interest in the city’s local craft beer, Gull, and supplies of the brew were the first to drop. Soon enough the entire city’s beer supply began to dwindle, causing local brewers like Ölgerð Egils Skallagrímssonar to call in emergency barrels of lager in order to restock Reykjavík’s bars and restaurants. Icelandic blogger Eiríkur Jónsson revealed that while the bars were working hard to accommodate the thirsty Americans, “they were fighting an overwhelming force.”

Most of the troops left Iceland on Sunday, and now local bars have the chance to restock their shelves and recover from the influx of beer-drinking soldiers. 50,000 troops from 29 NATO countries are participating in Trident Juncture 18 for the next month—hopefully there’s enough beer in Finland and Sweden to hold them over.



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