Top 10 drinks-themed modes of transportBy Lauren Eads
We take a look at some of the world’s most interesting modes of alcohol-themed transport, from the multi-million pound Patrón Tequila train to mobile wine bars and keg bikes.
Man will go to extreme lengths to ensure that a cold beer or crisp glass of wine are never far from reach.
From cars fitted with on-board champagne storage to bikes capable of carrying daring loads of beer, there are a host of inventive, glamourous and novel methods available to transport and promote one’s tipple.
Scroll through to see some of the world’s best modes of alcohol-themed transportation..
Please drive responsibly.
1. Champagne cars
For some having to leave their Cristal and Dom Perignon chilling in a fridge at home is just too much to bear. Fortunately, these cars, featuring their own on-board coolers, mean those people never need face the pain of separation again.
Champagne house Krug is the proud owner of this Rolls Royce van based on the 1979 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II. Commissioned in 1984 by Krug Champagne, it has two seats up front and a pair of refrigerators in the back. It was sold by the vineyard, but has since been reacquired and now remains at Krug’s head quarters in Reims as a museum piece.
2. Wine vans
A total of 473,289 The Citroën H Van, Type H, H-Type or HY were made by Citroën between 1947 and 1981 in factories in France and Belgium. Initially used as a light truck and delivery van, the pint-sized trucks are now enjoying a resurgence with many entrepreneurs, handy with a mechanics tool kit, spotting their potential as mobile wine bars.
3. Vintage beer trucks
These classic vintage beer trucks were used to deliver beer in the US in the 30s, shortly after the end of prohibition.
4. Mega beer trucks
Today, beer is transported across continents using huge 10-wheeler plus trucks carrying gallons of beer to the thirsty masses.
5. Quirky Beer Trucks
This rare Scammel flatbed truck is housed at the Gambrinus Drivers Museum in Belgium – a 19th century brewery filled with old trucks, especially equipped for the transport of beer.
6. Beer bikes
For the cyclist who has everything, why not custom build an entire picnic hamper into your bike? Complete with fold out table, cups and a selection of beverages this is surely bicycle fine dining at its best.
Carry your precious cargo with this nifty leather bike frame holder which will thread through the handles of any cardboard carrier. This ingenious invention is available on etsy.com.
Or if wine is more your thing how about these handy leather carrying straps. Available at Oopsmark.com
7. Beer pedal multi bikes
These pedal-powered beer-drinking bars are all the rage in Europe where in certain countries it is legal to consume alcohol while pedalling or riding on the party bike, provided the driver is not imbibing. Up to 12 people can join the party drinking beer as they ride through the streets.
8. Spirits trucks
Primarily used as a marketing tool, the spirits industry has given us many an inventive drinks-themed vehicle promoting spirits from Jaegermeister and Fuzzy’s vodka to Tequila Pueblo Mágico that are sure to stick in your memory
9. Beer motorbikes
What’s cooler than cool? A motorcycle that can carry three kegs of beer. Better yet, a motorcycle made out of kegs.
10. Drinks trains
The Patrón Tequila Express, owned by John Paul DeJoria, founder of the The Patrón Spirits Company, was manufactured in 1927 and weighs more than 250,000 pounds. Decked out in intricate wood carvings from Maharajah’s palace and original 14th-century Gothic art, it is used for Mr DeJoria’s private travel and cocktail parties for his spirits business. The 85-foot long car features a sitting area called the ‘Observation Room’ with upholstered chairs, marble bathrooms, a dining area for eight people, gourmet kitchen and sleeping quarters.
If you aren’t bestowed with Mr DeJoria’s riches, you may have to settle for the third class drinks train option. Still just as much fun.