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‘Cheers’: Norm and Cliff Actors Spill About Their Favorite Drinks

‘Cheers’: Norm and Cliff Actors Spill About Their Favorite Drinks

Cheers stars John Ratzenberger and George Wendt still have a little Cliff and Norm in their hearts.

The actors recently sat down and talked about their favorite adult beverages with Paramount Plus, which is fitting considering they were the classic TV bars’ favorite regulars in the 80s and 90s.

In the series, the two were steady beer drinkers. In real life, Norm’s Wendt likes to indulge in brewskis just like his sitcom persona, but he likes to chase them with some shots—You know…just to save time.

“I still have beers,” he admitted. “And, I like a shot with my beer sometimes. It takes the guesswork out of getting lit up.”

Cliff Claven actor John Ratzenberger, however, likes to mix it up. He said that he drinks “on occasion” and shared that he had a pickleback for dinner before meeting for the interview. The concoction is pretty simple. it’s a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice. In his case, he used his favorite whiskey, Tullamore Dew.

The ‘Cheers’ Actors Drank ‘Near Beer’ While Filming the Series

While on Cheers, the characters enjoyed livening up their days with shots on occasion. For example, Norm would sometimes ask for Sam Malone’s signature cocktail, The Screaming Viking. But during a typical day, you’d see him seated beside his pal Cliff, and they’d both have a frothy draft in hand.

What’s interesting is that the guys were not actually drinking beer while filming, which makes sense. Their livers never would have made it through the 11-season run. During a Cheer’s reunion panel at this year’s ATX TV Festival, Went shared that he and the rest of the cast were actually chugging a disgusting blend of fake draft and salt.

“It was near beer, and it was non-alcoholic beer, and they wanted it to be draft,” Wendt said per PEOPLE. “So it was warm and flat, and the prop man put salt into it. So it was warm, flat, salty, non-alcoholic beer.”

According to Renegade Brewing, salt mixes with canned beer’s carbon dioxide and creates a bubbly and frothy look. In this case, the fake blend was similar enough to have the same reactions. Went didn’t say which “near beer” the show used, but technically speaking, the drink is effectively the same thing as beer but with a 0% to 0.5% ABV.