Non-alcoholic Malt-Nutrine

A Prohibition-era near beer

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During Prohibition, brewers like Anheuser-Busch turned to non-alcoholic products to stay in business.

The company was already producing Malt-Nutrine, a nutritive drink marketed for "new mothers, convalescents, sickly children, and the anemic and aged" that contained no more than 1.9% alcohol. Even that percentage was too great under Prohibition and the company reduced the formula to less than 1/2 of one percent. Anheuser-Busch marketed Malt-Nutrine throughout Prohibition, discontinuing it in 1942.

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Non-alcoholic Malt-Nutrine Artifact from Houston
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