A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 31, 2007
Baptist tea (beer, disguised without foam)

“Baptist tea” is beer that’s disguised, served without foam and often in an ice tea glass, often with lemon conspicuously at the top of the glass. This Texas term possibly dates back to Prohibition.
Bye Bye Texan-ese
by L. E. Guillot
39 pages
Dallas, Texas (published by author)
Pg. 35:
Baptist tea
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From: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Louie Crew)
Date: 11 Dec 92 06:40:34 GMT
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For example, when I went to the world’s largest Baptist university back in the 1950s, people argued endlessly about such trivia as whether the bible allows “mixed-bathing” (I was not from Texas but from Alabama, where they phrase implied a bath tub!), whether Jesus would dared have made fermented wine, where dancing was not allowed (unless you did it off campus and called it a “function”), where people sported “I buy dry!” buttons while ordering “Baptist tea” (i.e., a beer with the foam wiped off and with lemon and mint conspicuously put at the top of the glass).......
This Dog’ll Really Hunt:
An Entertaining and Informative Texas Dictionary
by Wallace O. Chariton
Plano, TX: Republic of Texas Press
Pg. 26:
Beer, disguised: Baptist tea, which is beer served without the foam in an iced tea glass [Baptist tea is most frequently served in dry areas of Texas where beer is illegal.]
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uncle to niece geeding June 17th, 2007 at 4:27 pm
When Judge NAMELESS was chairman of the board of trustees of BU (in the 60’s & 70’s), he would order a Baptist tea when he lunched with his friends at The Chef Restaurant. Baptist tea is a disgused beer served in colored glass, with a slice of lemon. At that time Waco was dry, so I guess the chef kept a keg in the back for his favorite baptists.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Friday, August 31, 2007 • Permalink

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