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Death comes to the inventor of “Green Death”

If you grew up in Eastern Massachusetts and you’re of a certain age, then please pause a moment to salute August Haffenreffer, the man behind the vile but potent malt liquor universally known as “Green Death.” Enough said.


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  1. I still have some of the bottle caps with the puzzles inside. Great college memories.

    • Dan Kennedy

      @Kathy: If you have great memories of Green Death, then you weren’t doing it right.

  2. I should scan some college pictures and send them to you. Many have me and others holding large green bottles in our hands. If it weren’t for the pictures and the bottle caps, I’m sure my memory would be much foggier. Still and all, what fun we had back then.

  3. It was an acquired taste, Dan.

    You usually acquired it around the 9th or 10th bottle.

    • Dan Kennedy

      @Cosmo: Never saw anyone drink more than four 16-ounce bottles of Green Death … and that didn’t end well.

  4. Dan,

    I have a half memory of a college trip as a high school senior. I remember the Green Death part, but I can’t recall the college.


  5. Rick Peterson

    As a BC student in the late 60’s, I was sometimes asked why I didn’t do drugs. My usual response was that with “Green Death” around, it would have been redundant.

  6. charles pierce

    I beseech your audienc, Dan.
    Did anyone ever solve the puzzle with the three monkeys?
    Drunk or sober, nobody in my circle ever did.

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