Eikoku no otoshibanashi (The Beer Drinking Contest)

The Beer Drinking Contest

英国の落とし話 [Eikoku no Otoshibanashi]

Date of first publication: March 1891. Story source unknown.

A humorous short story set in England. The story concerns a certain colonel living near London who offers to pay handsomely if any of his men is able to down fifteen bottles of beer. John, nicknamed ‘Wine Barrel’, accepts the challenge but asks for an hour’s postponement. When he returns, he drinks up all the beer with great gusto, only for the audience to learn that during his hour’s absence John had already drunk the same amount of beer just to make sure that he could win the bet.

(Morioka and Sasaki)