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What to Drink During the Zombie Apocalypse

by Nannette Eaton on February 10, 2013

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” ? Abraham Lincoln

blogbanner_cdc_zombieprepAs a new-media wine authority, I often get asked what beverage would pair best when trying to survive the impending Zombie Apocalypse. With the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead, the question has taken on added urgency. After being eerily quiet on the existence of zombies, the United States as finally acknowledged this imminent threat to our national security, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a graphic novel Preparedness 101: The Zombie Pandemic to plan for the approaching zombie disaster. While it’s imperative to focus on the prime threat of zombies and other supernatural menaces, the CDC director, Dr. Ali Khan, notes, “If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack.” Sure, fires, storms and floods might happen, so it’s prudent to have your emergency plan and Armageddon Bag all set to roll, but really, it’s all about the zombie danger, so get prepared. The CDC has an Emergency Preparedness and Response list and using the American Red Cross Planning and Preparedness kit will have you ready for any hazard you might face. You don’t have to go all survivalist and Doomsday Preppers to be ready, but having a few basic supplies on hand will give you piece of mind when natural (or supernatural) disasters occur. For general, everyday safety, we recommend the book the Gift of Fear by the preeminent security expert Gavin de Becker.

doomday preppers man in a suit with a gas mask

Back to the matter at hand — What to drink during the Zombie Apocalypse? President Lincoln was spot-on with his recommendation of beer during a national crisis – if you have any concerns about water safety, beer will provide hydration and valuable nutrients. Which is a good thing for beer lovers, and now with home brewing kits its easier for people to stay indoors (best thing in an apocalypse), checking out what beer brewing kits normally contain can make you plan for the zombie apocalypse better! But beer and wine are very heavy to carry if you’re on the run from the zombie nation. If you’re packing for survival, you have to pack light. If you know a prepper, you can actually get quite good gifts for preppers to help them pack light and reduce weight ready for an apocalypse. We suggest the American classic, bourbon. Or any over-proof alcohol that you can re-purpose as a Molotov cocktail if the undead are closing in. Ideally, though, if you and your nearest-and-dearest can make it through the minefield of walkers into your wine cellar, it’s a perfect bunker to hold-off the undead. And what to drink while you’re down there? Seriously? Break out all those precious bottles you’ve been hoarding for a special occasion, drink ‘em if you’ve got ‘em, my friend. Drink ‘em if you’ve got ‘em. If such an end of the world scenario were to occur within real life, (whether zombies or another type of world-ending catastrophe) many who would find that knowing where to get equipment that could help them survive long after the world as we know it no longer exists may be the best thing for them. Some mind look for the perfect shelter to house themselves, however, others may immediately go for businesses such as for tools and other equipment to aid in their survival.

photo credits:
Zombie from the US Center for Disease Control ©2012
Man in suit with gas mask from National Geographic Doomsday Preppers ©2012