Beer-quake at the Federal


The bar-room of the Federal Hotel today: “”Glasses flew everywhere” when a 36-gallon keg of beer exploded in 1953.


The Federal Hotel in 1950, about the time of the “beer-quake”.

The bar-room shook, drinkers swayed, and glasses flew everywhere when a 36-gallon keg of beer exploded in the cellar of the Federal Hotel at 4 o’clock on Saturday afternoon.
The cellar is directly under the bar-room and the explosion caused the whole place to vibrate.
Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA) Tuesday 7 April 1953

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