Fallout 76 will soon allow players to craft various alcoholic beverages that will give their melee attacks special effects. According to Bethesda, drinks will even require fermentation time before players can take advantage of the effects.
Recently we got a first proper look at Bethesda's short and long term plans for Fallout 76 in their detailed 2019 roadmap . New content that the developer is working on, with a promise to deliver in the current year, includes new game modes, quests, vault openings and various activities.
The first update is named Wild Appalachia and it's dropping on 12 March 2019. Along with the Survival mode, Sheer Terror!, quests and new C.A.M.P decorations, the upcoming update will also add a new crafting system dubbed Brewing and Distilling.
As the name suggests, this feature will allow players to create a variety of alcoholic beverages, including beers, cocktails, wines, and spirits. To unlock and construct the Brewing Station workbench, players will have to start the "Wasted on Nukashine" quest and just like with other workbenches in Fallout 76, the Brewing Station can also be placed in your settlement.
Some of the drinks that you craft, such as wines and spirits, will require additional fermentation time before you can take a sip, and the longer you allow them to ferment, their buffs will become stronger. Some drink will have two stages - fresh and vintage, and just like in real life, drinks will have their own drawbacks and will result in a hangover or other effects.
For example, Firecracker Whiskey's Fresh effect will give your melee attacks a fire bonus that will result in self-immolation, damaging both you and your enemy. The stronger one, Vintage effect, will do the same and add a little bit extra by setting enemies on fire from your ballistic attacks.
Beers will also require fermentation but they only come with Fresh effect which increases scope stability and damage versus animals while reducing VATS accuracy.
And last but not least, cocktails won't require fermentation. Tick Blood Tequila Sunrise will add a bonus to your melee attacks that will inflict you with a disease but may also refill your hunger.
In addition to these options, Bethesda are also planning to expand the feature in the future update with new recipes and effects.