Behold! This tourist attraction in the seaside Georgian city of Batumi is something straight out of Willy Wonka: a fountain that unleashes a 70-proof local spirit called chacha.
Beginning this summer, the fountain will spray once a week for about 10 to 15 minutes. Chacha, the national drink of Georgia, is made from grapes and can be as alcoholic as moonshine. The fountain version, of course, will be much weaker — but at 70 proof, it will still contain the wallop of, say, Southern Comfort.
So the real question is, can I just arrive with a Solo cup and keep guzzling the free nectar until I pass out face-first in the Fountain of Hooch? And if I can do this with only minor injuries, what about those lesser mortals who can’t handle their Eurasian liquor? Something tells me this tourist flytrap is going to be safely guarded and its contents rationed out conservatively, with folks in Hawaiian shirts, transition lenses and fanny packs given a scoop or two and sent on their way. And that is just fine.