The Staggering Amount Of Champagne Sold When Biden's Victory Was Announced

After presidential candidate Joe Biden's victory was announced, boisterous celebrations broke out throughout the country. In New York, for example, people gathered in the streets,  clapping, chanting slogans, and cheering, per NBC News. In Chicago, a child with a tambourine danced while another reveler banged a pot with joy. Near the White House, a woman opened a bottle of champagne to commemorate the moment as the crowds cheered together.

According to the New York Post, champagne was said to flow "like water" in New York as residents partied after the end of a long and anxiety-inducing election season. A staff member at St.Mark's Wine and Liquor store in Manhattan said that it was incredibly busy and even beat New Year's Eve in terms of demand. Sales were particularly high for vodka and bubbly throughout the day. Champagne sales in Washington D.C. reached staggeringly high levels. Here's what you should know.

It was far more than you'd expect

As reported by Newsweek, members of the public went wild in Washington D.C. and liquor store owners revealed that they sold more bottles of champagne on the day that Biden's victory was declared than they have on the previous two New Year's Eves put together. One of the outlets, Rodmans Food & Drug Store in Washington, revealed that in a 12-hour span, people bought more champagne than during any past holiday. 

NBC reporter Shomari Stone described the scene in a tweet: "Poppin' bottles of champagne near the White House. Thousands celebrate Joe Biden being elected the 46th President of the United States." Reflecting on the rollercoaster of protests and partying that has defined the past several months, senior editor for The Washingtonian Andrew Beaujon observed, "I've now been sprayed with tear gas and champagne in the same spot." So if you just woke up from a coma and are finding lots of empty champagne bottles in the trash cans or on the streets, now you know why.