What’s the best way to keep 7,000 marines and sailors happy in Iceland? How about buying them a beer?
All the beer…
According to the Military Times, NATO’s Trident Juncture exercise once drew the troops to the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, where they flooded local bars shortly after disembarking.
The Americans soon filled the bars to capacity, Iceland Magazine reports. To the waitstaff, blogger, Eiríkur Jónsson wrote, it was like “fighting an overwhelming force,” said local blogger, Eiríkur Jónsson.
The siege of the suds lasted for four straight days, with more than one running dry before the Marines and sailors relented.
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Reykjavik’s beer supply has never before been in such danger of obliteration.
The Military Times indicated that that Sæta Svínið’s bar was one of the first to run out of beer. The bar owners joined forces to push back against the siege together, lending kegs to others who had endured heavy losses.
Reinforcements were ordered. But was there anyone who could deliver Reykjavik from the American assault?
Enter Iceland’s newest folk hero, brewer Ölgerð Egils Skallagrímssonar. He replenished the bars with enough beer to quench their patrons’ thirst, and saved the town’s watering holes from a less than fair Yelp review.
Over 40,000 military members from NATO-involved countries converged on Reykjavik during the Trident Juncture, equal to a third of the city’s entire population.
That’s a big bar tab!
See how they arrived in the video below.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.