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Anchor’s “Tale of the Pale Ale”

4 hours 15 min ago
Anchor Brewery has an interesting story about pale ale, and specifically their Liberty Ale (one of my favorite beers) entitled The Tale of Pale Ale . Be sure to read Bob Brewer’s answer to whether Liberty Ale is a pale ale or an IPA. Bass & Co.’s Middle Brewery, c. 1887. The post...

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Beer Birthday: Christian Kazakoff

11 hours 11 min ago
Today is Christian Kazakoff’s 43rd birthday. Christian is the head brewer at Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax, California. I’ve gotten to know Christian much better since we shared a room for a week in London several years ago to attend the Old Ale Festival at the White Horse...

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Beer In Ads #1169: Pamela Britton For Blatz

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 22:06
Tuesday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1951. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the later Forties and Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is...

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Beer In Ads #1168: Max Gene Nohl For Blatz

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:38
Monday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1948. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the later Forties and Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is...

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The Prohibitionist Pot Calling The Brew Kettle Black

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 14:04
This is almost funny, an amazing press release from Alcohol Justice that is so lacking in self-awareness and irony that it’s hard not to laugh at just how truly absurd it is. Why any media outlet, anyone really, takes them seriously is a head-scratcher, especially with such a remarkable lack...

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What Kind Of Drinker Are You?

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:53
Here’s a fun little piece of history. In the September 2, 1947 issue of Look magazine, journeyman freelance author Don Wharton wrote an article examining the different types of drinkers one might encounter in mid-20th century America, as long as one kept to the mainstream America filled with...

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Beer Birthday: Steve Parkes

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 08:01
Today is the birthday of Steve Parkes. Steve owns and runs the American Brewers Guild, which trains brewers. I’ve known Steve for a number of years now and he’s one of my favorite Brits in the industry. I had the pleasure of writing a profile of him for Beer Advocate magazine a few...

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Beer In Ads #1167: La Verne Sunde For Blatz

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 21:22
Sunday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1949. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the later Forties and Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is...

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Beer Birthday: Drew Beechum

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 17:05
Today is the 40th birthday of Drew Beechum, who’s a past president of the Maltose Falcons homebrewing club and its current webmeister. He’s also the author of The Everything Homebrewing Book: All you need to brew the best beer at home! and writes a regular column for Beer Advocate...

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Beer Birthday: Brenden Dobel

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 09:44
Today is the 44th birthday of Brenden Dobel, head brewer at Thirsty Bear in San Francisco. Brenden grew up in the Bay Area, but learned brewing in Bavaria, at Doemans. He also brewed at Reccow and Broken Drum, before coming to Thirsty Bear over ten years ago. Brenden’s a terrific guy to share...

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Beer In Ads #1166: Pat Harder For Blatz

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 22:48
Saturday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1949. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the later Forties and Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is...

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The Mythical Monolith Of Big Alcohol

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 16:25
Since the end of February, Alcohol Justice (AJ) has been tweeting the following: Big Alcohol will never admit #3 http://bit.ly/1mFY39E Alcohol classified carcinogenic 25 years ago It’s part of their new series of things that “Big Alcohol will never admit.” I think somebody forgot...

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Beer In Ads #1165: Uta Hagen For Blatz

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 21:49
Friday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1951. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is Milwaukee’s Finest...

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Beer Birthday: Alan McLeod

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 17:51
Today is also beer blogger extraordinaire Alan McLeod’s 51st birthday. Alan runs a good beer blog, called — curiously enough — A Good Beer Blog. I’m not sure what came first, the goodness or the blog. Anyway, though I’ve yet to meet Alan in person I feel as if he’s already a...

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Budweiser Beer Tumbler 1879

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 14:30
I came across this interesting patent design for a beer tumbler this morning for Budweiser that was patented on June 10, 1879 by C. Conrad. Liquor importer Carl Conrad is one of the more forgotten names from the history of Anheuser-Busch. He was at least partially responsible, along with his...

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The Hoplist

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:41
I got a press release yesterday from a Julian Healey about a project he’s just launched. His new website from Australia is The Hoplist, and includes information on at least 268 varieties of hops, which they claim is the “biggest list of hops … ever.” And that seems right,...

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Next Session Focuses On Local History

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:30
For our 87th Session, our host is Reuben Gray, from The Tale of the Ale. For his topic, he’s chosen a local theme, all about Local Brewery History. He’s asking you to “give your readers a history lesson about a local brewery,” and here’s the details: In Session 87, I...

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Beer Birthday: Neil Miller

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 08:20
Today is the birthday of New Zealand beer writer Neil Miller. He writes regularly for Beer and Brewer magazine, the beer blog at Real Beer NZ and the Malthouse Blog. Though born in the UK — Broxburn — he now calls Wellington his home. I met Neil when he was vising the states with Luke […]

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Beer In Ads #1164: Budweiser Is For Girls

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:57
Thursday’s ad may not be a real ad, I’m not entirely sure. It’s for a Brasserie Belden, which I can’t find any information about at all. And the nature of the ad, more like a political attack ad, makes it seem more like a spoof than a real ad that someone might have actually ran....

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Beverage Industry’s State Of American Beer Report

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:41
The Atlantic magazine had a good round-up of the State of American Beer, based on a report from the trade publication Beverage Industry. Beverage Industry’s March issue had a series of articles on different segments, including Craft brewers’ sales growth continues, Domestic beer case...

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