Discovered the most frightfully promising recipe for opium beer the other day Nigel. One ferments opium with brewer’s yeast, quite as if it were malt or barley or something. Adding enough sugar of course.
   "I say. Sounds ever so degenerate, Neville.“
   "Actually it is, Nigel, having been invented by the duc de Richelieu himself.”
   "Not the Spanish-fly bloke.“
   "The same.”

Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day

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