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Beer Birthday: Mike “Tasty” McDole

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:16
Today is also the birthday of living legend Mike “Tasty” McDole, homebrewer extraordinaire, and one time co-host of “The Jamil Show,” or “Can You Brew It?” and a regular still on the “Sunday Show” on The Brewing Network. Tasty would never refer to...

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Patent No. 8250968B2: Wort Copper With An External Boiler

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:28
Today in 2012, US Patent 8250968 B2 was issued, an invention of Dietmar Lohner, Christian Wetzl and Robert Gruber, assigned to Krones Ag, for their “Wort Copper with an External Boiler.” Here’s the Abstract: A wort copper and a method of boiling wort, with the wort copper having an...

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Beer Birthday: Carolyn Smagalski

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:29
Today is Carolyn Smagalski’s birthday. Carolyn’s a beer writer from Pennsylvania — not sure what it is about Pennsylvania and beer writing — who writes for BellaOnline. Her nickname is the Beer Fox and she does a terrific job spreading he gospel of great beer. Join me in wishing Carolyn...

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Beer In Ads #1661: Guinness Guide To Steaks

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 22:10
Thursday’s ad is another one for Guinness, also from 1956. Presenting the “Guinness Guide To Steaks,” featuring seven different steak dishes, a few of which I’d never even heard of, meaning I either need to get out more or common steak dishes have changed a lot in the last...

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Beer Birthday: Fred Bowman

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:11
Today is Fred Bowman’s 71st birthday. Fred co-founded the Portland Brewing Co., which was bought a few years ago byPyramid Breweries, which in turn was bought by Magic Hat and then again by North American Breweries. Fred continues to be very active in the craft beer community, and has been...

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Patent No. 409956A: Malting And Germinating Apparatus

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:07
Today in 1889, US Patent 409956 A was issued, an invention of Joseph P. Gent, for his “Malting And Germinating Apparatus.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: My invention relates to apparatus for the continuous malt-ing or germinating of grain;...

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Beer In Ads #1660: The Young Hostess Made A Lovely Deep Fry

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 22:03
Wednesday’s ad is for Guinness, from 1956. What a lovely story, 1950s style. “The Young Hostess made a lovely deep fry.” But it doesn’t end there, it just builds. Then “her husband brought home the Guinness.” And how did the story end? “Their guests had a...

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Beer Birthday: Pete Reid

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:52
Today is Pete Reid’s 52nd birthday. Pete is the publisher of Modern Brewery Age. I first met Pete a number of years ago at a Craft Brewers Conference but finally got to know him much better during a trip to Bavaria a few years back, where the two of us took a side trip to […] The post...

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Patent No. 4219578A: Method For Preventing Buckle Of Beer-Can Tops During Pasteurization

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:20
Today in 1980, US Patent 4219578 A was issued, an invention of George J. Collias, assigned to the Kepros-Ganes Company, for his “Method For Preventing Buckle of Beer-Can Tops During Pasteurization.” Here’s the Abstract: A method is described for preventing buckling of beer-can tops...

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Beer Birthday: Pete Slosberg

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:15
Today is my friend Pete Slosberg’s 65th birthday. Pete is, of course, best known for Pete’s Wicked Ales. After that he toyed with the idea of making barbecue but decided instead to make some incredible chocolates and had a small company, Cocoa Pete’s. A few years ago, I traveled...

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Beer In Ads #1659: Good Evening, Sir!

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 23:43
Tuesday’s ad is for the English brewer’s “Beer is Best” campaign, from 1949. The campaign began in 1933, and ran for 30 years, and this one included landlord “Fred Green” — whoever that is — who apparently greets every patron with a “good evening” and a “cheerful...

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Pliny Buried By Vesuvius

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:12
While no one is sure when Pliny the Elder was born — it was sometime around 23 CE — we do know exactly when he died: it was August 25, 79 CE. How can we be so sure? Well, because the day before, August 24, Mount Vesuvius in the Gulf of Naples in southwest Italy, […] The post Pliny Buried By...

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Patent No. 3525625A: Fermentation Of Wort

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 09:00
Today in 1970, US Patent 3525625 A was issued, an invention of Robert A. Groulx and Orland O. Schaus, assigned to Canadian Breweries Ltd., for their “Fermentation of Wort.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: This invention relates to the...

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Beer In Ads #1658: That’s Just What This Meal Was Needing

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 22:41
Monday’s ad is another one for Guinness, from 1956. “Guinness! That’s Just What This Meal Was Needing.” Two couples are in the garden at a “cosy-looking pub” with a table of bread, cheese and fruit. One of the men — who reminds me a little of Matt Damon — got the...

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Patent No. 2090714A: Bottle Opener

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 21:12
Today in 1937, US Patent 2090714 A was issued, an invention of Raymond H. Frisbie and William Wright, assigned to the Rehrig Pacific Company, for their “Bottle Opener.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: This invention appertains to a novel...

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Sonoma State Beer Appreciation Class Open For Fall

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:24
Sonoma State University will again be offering my “Beer Appreciation” certificate course this fall. Classes start in just over two weeks, on September 9. The class is through SSU’s Extended Education school, and fueled by Lagunitas, which is where the 12-week, 36-hour course will...

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Patent No. 7781000B2: Method For Boiling Wort

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:40
Today in 2010, US Patent 7781000 B2 was issued, an invention of Kurt Stippler and Klaus-Karl Wasmuht, assigned to Krones Ag, for their “Method For Boiling Wort.” Here’s the Abstract: A method for boiling wort used in the production of beer the wort is boiled in a wort copper in which an...

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Beer In Ads #1657: Hand-Drawn Vehicles … Free

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 23:37
Sunday’s ad is for Guinness, from sometime in the 1940s. It’s more of a two-strip comic than an ad, and a relatively fun one at that. Cheap bastard. But at least the horse looks happy, and so does the man. I guess he’s smiling since he just saved himself 1/-. The post Beer In Ads...

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The Language Of Hangovers

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 21:07
While searching for something this weekend, I happened upon A Few Too Many, by Joan Acocella, that appeared in The New Yorker magazine in May of 2008. If you’re a regular reader, you know I’m a word nerd, and love language. So her piece on hangovers included this gem of a paragraph,...

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Patent No. 968001A: Machine For Picking Hops

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 15:48
Today in 1910, US Patent 968001 A was issued, an invention of James Trowbridge, for his “Machine for Picking Hops.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: This invention has for its object to provide simple and practically operating machinery or...

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