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Jay R. Brooks on Beer
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When The Food Babe Talks, No Questions

3 hours 11 min ago
This would almost be funny, if I didn’t consider her misinformation so dangerous. Oh, and a h/t to Maureen Ogle for this one. Dr. Kevin M. Folta, who is the chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, writes on his blog, Illumination, about a recent visit...

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Beer Birthday: Jonathan Cutler

7 hours 53 min ago
Today is the 42ND birthday of Jonathan Cutler, brewmaster/owner of Piece Brewing in Chicago. His brewpub makes great pizza and even better beer. Plus, he’s a terrific, fun person. He even got a shout-out at the Academy Awards a coiuple of years ago, when Quentin Tarantino said “Piece...

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Beer In Ads #1350: This Is How Beer Ought To Taste

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 22:27
Tuesday’s ad is for the Continental Can Company, from 1935, the year beer cans debuted. I love the innocent photo, and that tagline: “Say! This Is How Beer Ought To Taste!” And the can itself is priceless in its generic-ness, not to mention “Cap Sealed” and...

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Beer Birthday: Lucy Saunders

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:31
because beer is food: in cooking, at the table, and by the glass … So begins the website of beer cook Lucy Saunders, whose birthday is today. Lucy has done much to promote both cooking with beer and enjoying food with beer through her books and other writings. She’s a treasure, in more...

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Beer In Ads #1349: As Good To Your Taste As It Is To Your Thirst

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 22:44
Monday’s ad is for Rheingold Extra Dry Lager Beer, from 1964. How about the head on that mug? One down, one to go. And only a few more peanuts left. It really is “as good to your taste as it is to your thirst.” But buried in the text is a baseball reference, too....

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Keep Moving For The Next Session

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:53
For our 93rd Session, our host is Brian Devine, who writes The Roaming Pint, along with Maria Scarpello, and the pair “have been traveling around in their 29-foot RV, named Stanley, since August 2010 seeking out all kinds of great beer destinations.” For their topic, they’ve...

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Beer Birthday: Sean Paxton

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:42
Today is the 42nd birthday of Sean Paxton, a.k.a. The Homebrew Chef. Sean is a mad alchemist in the kitchen and puts on some wonderful food and beer spectacles. Plus he’s a terrific homebrewer, an even better human being and a great friend. Join me in wishing Sean a very happy birthday. At...

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Beer In Ads #1348: Cool It With The Friendmaker

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 22:39
Sunday’s ad is for Reading Premium Beer, my hometown beer, from 1969. It’s an interesting package they’re selling, 16 oz. pint size bottles in a six pack, but notice they refer to them as “glass cans.” In the 1950s they adopted my favorite ad slogan of all-time:...

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Beer Birthday: John Tucci

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 15:47
Today is also the 47th birthday of John Tucci, who until it closed not too long ago, was the brewmaster for the San Francisco Gordon Biersch brewpub. John’s one of Gordon Biersch’s best and most senior brewers, especially his one-offs that he brewed at that location. He’s also a...

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A Love Story: Brewing Yeast & Fruit Flies

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 15:45
There was an interesting story posted on Popular Science, specifically their BeerSci series. They did a great job of spinning the story as a love story, albeit an unusual one between fruit flies and brewer’s yeast, especially since the original title of the study they’re reporting on...

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Beer Birthday: Ron Pattinson

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 12:58
Today is the 58th birthday of Ron Pattinson, a brewing historian who writes online at Shut Up About Barclay Perkins. Ron lives in Amsterdam but is obsessed with the British brewery Barclay Perkins, which is what the title of his blog refers to. I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Ron in...

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Beer In Ads #1347: An American Product For Lovers Of Quality

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 22:14
Saturday’s ad is for Rainier Beer, from the Seattle Brewing & Malting Co., from around the turn of the 19th century, plus or minus. I love the pseudo patriotic tagline: “An American Product for Lovers of Quality.” Not to mention the Statue of Liberty holding up a bottle of...

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Beer Birthday: Chris Swersey

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:50
Today is the 50th birthday of Chris Swersey, who’s on the staff of the Brewers Association as the Competition Manager for both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. He coordinates all the judges, volunteers and the thousands of beers needed for each festival. It’s a...

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Beer In Ads #1346: Busch Extra Dry

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 22:15
Friday’s ad is for Busch Extra Dry, a ginger ale that Anheuser-Busch produced, presumably during prohibition (though possibly not, there is a bottle of Budweiser inset at the bottom of the ad, but I can’t quite make out the text). With the tagline Chambertin [a French red wine] held...

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Beer In Ads #1345: Miller’s Mondrian

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 21:48
Thursday’s ad is for Miller High Life, from the 1950s. Miller did a series of these ads with sparse, minimalist decoration. In this one, it looks like the wall at the back was designed by Piet Mondrian, the Dutch modern artist. It sure looks like it’s going to be a great party,...

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The Unintended Consequences Of Prohibitionist Propaganda

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:53
So I know this is one of those thorny issues that tends to fire people up and argue from an emotional point of view. That being said, the issue of a woman drinking when pregnant is a tough one, especially because the science is not exactly as settled as people believe. My understanding is that...

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Beer In Ads #1344: At The Bar

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 22:22
Wednesday’s ad is still another one for Double Diamond, also from the 1950s. Part of the Ind Coope’s “Works Wonders” series. This one shows a trio of their usual cartoon characters bellying up to a bar, and like that old commercial for nut, all they ask is one per day. From...

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A Link-Bait Manifesto

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:34
This morning I got a press release from the P.R. Firm for a well-known men’s magazine that was so obviously link-bait, that I almost didn’t even want to read it. I won’t say who or what, mostly because I’m tired of playing into their hands, but most of you will no doubt be...

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Beer In Ads #1343: Everybody Enjoys A Double Diamond

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 21:56
Tuesday’s ad is yet another one for Double Diamond, also from the 1950s. Part of the Ind Cooper’s “Works Wonders” series. I think it’s funny that “everybody” means a mailman, hunter, jack hammer operator and a dressed-up rich guy with his briefcase and...

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Brewers For Clean Water

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:07
There was interesting article a couple of days ago on Newsweek, entitled Craft Beer Brewers Team Up to Improve Water Standard about a group of breweries partnering with the “Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a New York–based environmental group, to support stricter regulations on...

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