Maryland Representative John Philip Hill threw a huge party to protest Prohibition in 1924. He made hard cider in his Baltimore basement. The Congressman invited more than 500 people to join him in the consumption of 65 gallons of his cider, two kegs of “near-beer,” 40 dozen doughnuts, and three boxes of pretzels. Although Hill ended up on trial for creating a public nuisance and manufacturing alcoholic beverages, witnesses said in court that they had not become intoxicated. Hill was found not guilty.