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Reykjavik Runs Out Of Beer After American Troops Drink The Bars Dry

Reykjavik Runs Out Of Beer After American Troops Drink The Bars Dry

Iceland was left in a state of emergency last week when they were invaded by the United States of America.

Ok, not quite.

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Bars and restaurants in the country's capital city Reykjavik were in a bit of a panic though after thousands of Yankee troops washed up on their shores and drunk the city dry.

Around 7,000 sailors and marines set off on a tour of the city's drinking holes, moving from one to the next until they were out of stock.

They were basically that 'friend' who comes to your house party even though they weren't really invited, brings nothing with them and goes straight to the kitchen and takes the last bottle of Corona from the fridge.

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NATO

The military personnel were taking part in a NATO military exercise Trident Juncture 18 - so they were kind of invited but you get he point, it's just selfish.

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According to icelandmag.com.com, restaurant Sæta Svínið, The American Bar and other downtown bars were dried up within hours of the American arrival on Wednesday.

Local news site, Visir, said the Ölgerð Egils Skallagrímssonar brewery, which makes the popular Gull, had to send out emergency supplies to the bars because soldiers preferred local beers over imports.

Bar owners who ran out of beer were forced to borrow from others which were better stocked, while members of the delivery team from Ölgerðin were called out to help bar owners cope with the demand.

Blogger Eiríkur Jónsson spoke to restaurant owners who told him they had never seen anything like this before, and were 'were fighting an overwhelming force'.

Nearly 50,000 troops from 31 NATO countries, backed by 65 naval vessels, 150 aircraft, and more than 10,00 vehicles, travelled to Norway to take part in the weekend military exercise.

According to the military body, the aim of the event was to make sure 'NATO forces are trained, able to operate together, and ready to respond to any threat'.

An official promotional video said it was 'NATO's biggest military exercise in decades' and proved that 'we are stronger together'.

Admiral James G. Foggo, Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples "Trident Juncture will show the word that NATO is relevant, United and ready to defend itself in this Article 5 scenario, testing our collective defence."

You'll be relieved to know that they're done proving they're still relevant and that it's now safe to go back to Reykjavik as the half-cut marines have all left and the bars have finally managed to replenish their stock.

That's one way to soak up the local culture - at least they're trying.

Featured Image Credit: NATO/PA

Topics: News, military, international news

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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