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Patent No. 650377A: Malting-Drum

4 hours 42 min ago
Today in 1900, US Patent 650377 A was issued, an invention of John F. Dornfeld, for his “Malting-Drum.” There’s no Abstract, though it’s described this way in the application: The primary object of the invention is to provide, in a malting-drum, an improved construction for positively...

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Beer Birthday: Tony Magee

6 hours 7 min ago
Today is the 55th birthday of Tony Magee. Tony is the founder and owner of Lagunitas Brewing. We first met in the mid-1990s when I visited the old brewery, before they moved to their present location, and have been good friends ever since. I recently wrote a profile of Tony for Beer Connoisseur...

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Beer In Ads #1569: James Bond, The Man With The Golden Guinness

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 22:44
Thursday’s ad is for Guinness, from 1974, when the James Bond film Man With the Golden Gun was released, which was Roger Moore’s second film portraying the British spy. Today is the birthday of Bond’s creator, author Ian Fleming, and is also known as “James Bond Day.”...

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Patent No. 3091366A: Beer Dispenser

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 21:53
Today in 1963, US Patent 3091366 A was issued, an invention of Thomas A. Hutsell, for his “Beer Dispenser.” There’s no Abstract, though it’s described this way in the application: This present device relates to the general art of devices intended for the measuring and dispensing of...

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Patent No. 2003050A: Beer Container And Cooler

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:31
Today in 1935, US Patent 2003050 A was issued, an invention of Harry Iselin, for his “Beer Container and Cooler.” There’s no Abstract, though it’s described this way in the application as being an “invention [that] appertains to liquid coolers and more particularly to a cooling...

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Beer In Ads #1568: Dizzy Dean’s Trophy Room

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 22:25
Wednesday’s ad is for Falstaff, from 1954. The ad includes a great illustration of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Dizzy Dean, who’s show relaxing with some beers and showing off his many trophies to a younger couple. AT this point in his career, he’d been retired for years and had...

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Cancer Charities Grow Cancerous

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 13:35
One of the byproducts of keeping a close watch on prohibitionist groups and other so-called charity organizations is that I’ve become quite jaded not just about those particular ones, but about the charitable industrial complex in general. It’s really become big business and, in my...

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Beer Birthday: Jim Koch

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:05
Jim Koch, the founder of Boston Beer Co., known primarily for their Samuel Adams beers, is celebrating his 66th birthday today. Jim was instrumental, of course, in spreading the word about craft beer, especially in the early days when Samuel Adams was often the first one to be available in many...

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Beer In Ads #1567: The Duke For Rheingold

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 23:32
Tuesday’s ad is for Rheingold Beer, from 1953. Today is the birthday of actor John Wayne, who would be 108 if he was still alive. During his lifetime, he did commercials for several beer companies, including this ad for Rheingold Beer. The image below is a little clearer, but the bottom of...

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Patent No. 888995A: Bottle-Sealing Cap

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 22:07
Today in 1907, US Patent 888995 A was issued, an invention of Emory J. Godman, assigned to the Sterling Seal Company, for his “Bottle-Sealing Cap.” There’s no Abstract, though it’s described this way in the application: My invention as hereinafter more particularly described, consists...

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Patent No. 729145A: Beer-Keg Tap

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 14:59
Today in 1903, US Patent 729145 A was issued, an invention of George M. Eckenwiler, for his “Beer-Keg Tap.” There’s no Abstract, though it’s described this way in the application simply by stating that “the present invention has relation to taps for beer-kegs.” The post...

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Patent No. 2042284A: Combination Mash And Lauter Tank

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 08:33
Today in 1936, US Patent 2042284 A was issued, an invention of Albert E. Ruemmele and Ellsworth J. Westcott, assigned to Freyn Engineering Co., for their “Combination Mash and Lauter Tank.” There’s no Abstract, though it’s described this way in the application: The invention relates to...

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Beer In Ads #1566: Any Good Time Is Falstaff Time

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 23:02
Sunday’s ad is yet another one for Falstaff, also from 1950s. In this ad, a man is fishing on the shore of the ocean (or, I suppose, a very big lake) with the tagline “Falstaff goes fishin’ from coast to coast.” I’m not sure they made their case. The post Beer In Ads...

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Patent No. 2679346A: Filling System

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 10:49
Today in 1954, US Patent 2679346 A was issued, an invention of Rudolph H. Breeback, assigned to Crown Cork & Seal Co., for his “Filling System.” There’s no Abstract, though it’s described this way in the application, “The present invention relates to filling systems and, more...

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Beer In Ads #1565: When Picnicking Gives You A Thirst For Beer …

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 22:04
Sunday’s ad is another one for Falstaff, this one also from 1950s. In this ad, a well-dressed couple is having a waterside picnic. But they brought a fairly large, and undoubtedly heavy, red cooler filled with ice and Falstaff cans. But it’s all big smiles now as the man is opening a...

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Patent No. 103498A: Improved Apparatus For Preserving Beer

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 08:33
Today in 1870, US Patent 103498 A was issued, an invention of Charles Pohlmanx, for his “Improved Apparatus For Preserving Beer.” There’s no Abstract, though it’s described this way in the application: The nature of my invention consists in an elastic bag, formed in a shape to...

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Beer In Ads #1564: After The Game …

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 21:38
Saturday’s ad is still another one for Falstaff, this one from 1950s. Yesterday’s ad copy, “When it’s Time to Watch the Ball Game … Bring on the Falstaff,” was for before and during the game, whereas this ad is about “After the Game.” It’s quite...

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Beer Birthday: Tony Forder

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 11:00
Today is the 60th birthday of Tony Forder, publisher of Ale Street News. Tony’s been putting out Ale Street News for over 20 years now, and was kind enough to give me a column when I first came back to freelancing when my son Porter was doing well enough so that I could return to...

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Patent No. 20130126009A1: System For Cleaning Beer Lines And Recovering Draft Beer

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:00
Today in 2013, US Patent 20130126009 A1 was issued, an invention of Tracey M. Killarney and Lawrence A. Kent, for their “System for Cleaning Beer Lines and Recovering Draft Beer.” Here’s the Abstract: A beer recovery system which uses CO2 to blow unused beer backwards through the beer...

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Beer In Ads #1563: When It’s Time To Watch The Ball Game …

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 22:16
Friday’s ad is yet another one for Falstaff, this one from 1955. According to the ad copy, “When it’s Time to Watch the Ball Game … Bring on the Falstaff.” It’s pretty hard to argue with beer and baseball being a pretty great match. But do they really need to sit...

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