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Beer In Ads #1605: A Very Special Glass Of Beer

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 23:30
Friday’s ad is another baseball-themed one for Ballantine Premium, from 1968. This one is “Go Phillies!” and shows the three broadcasters for the Philadelphia games. The only one I recognize is Ashburn, who also used to play for the Phils (but then I was an Orioles fan as a...

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Patent No. 654788A: Ale Or Beer Filter

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 16:20
Today in 1900, US Patent 654788 A was issued, an invention of Alfred E. Feroe, for his “Ale or Beer Filter.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: My invention relates to an improved ale and beer filter for brewery use. The object of my improvement...

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Beer Birthday: Tom Kehoe

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 10:21
Today is the 51st birthday of Tom Keohe, founder of Yards Brewing, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tom’s been a fixture of the Philly beer scene as long as I can remember, at at least since 1996. He’s one of those people that you feel like you’ve known for years, even when you...

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Patent No. 1232098A: Process Of Leaching Out Hops

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 10:15
Today in 1917, US Patent 1232098 A was issued, an invention of Heinrich Schneider, for his “Process Of Leaching Out Hops.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: The object of the present invention is a process of leaching hops in a hop extracting...

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Beer In Ads #1604: The ‘Crisp’ Refresher

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 22:50
Thursday’s ad is for Ballantine Beer, from the 1950s. Using the tagline “… the crisp refresher,” the illustration is of a generic blue and red baseball team, and the copy states that Ballantine is presenting the “Yankees on TV and Radio.” Those are clearly not...

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Patent No. 2006450A: Capping Machine

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 18:56
Today in 1935, US Patent 2006450 A was issued, an invention of John J. Gaynor, for his “Capping Machine.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: This invention relates to capping machines, or more particularly to bottle crowners of the double head...

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Patent No. 1271269A: Manufacture Of Non-Alcoholic Malt Beer

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:08
Today in 1918, US Patent 1271269 A was issued, an invention of Louis Block, for his “Manufacture of Non-Alcoholic Malt Beer.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: acter to that known in the art as lager beer with the difference that What I now refer...

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Beer In Ads #1603: A Calendar Of British Beer — July

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:45
Tuesday’s ad is from the Brewer’s Society’s “Beer is Best” campaign, from 1938. It’s the July image from “A Calendar Of British Beer” for the year 1938. Showing a pair of Shire horses hooked up to a wagon of wooden beer kegs, the idea was that such a...

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Patent No. 2841500A: Method Of Packaging And Preserving Hops

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 17:34
Today in 1958, US Patent 2841500 A was issued, an invention of James O. Hughes and Ray Nelson, assigned to Tri-State Processing Company, of Yakima, Wash., for their “Method Of Packaging And Preserving Hops.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: Our...

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Beer Birthday: Chris White

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 13:47
Today is the 47th birthday of Chris White. Chris founded the yeast company White Labs in 1995 and he’s also on the faculty of the Siebel Institute. He’s also a fixture at virtually every brewing industry and homebrewing conference, and was kind enough to talk to my SSU beer appreciation...

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Patent No. 3453114A: Process Of Brewing

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:50
Today in 1969, US Patent 3453114 A was issued, an invention of Peter D. Bayne and John L. Pahlow, assigned to Schlitz Brewing Co., for their “Process of Brewing.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: This invention relates to a process of brewing...

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Beer In Ads #1602: It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 23:14
Sunday’s ad is for Old Milwaukee, from 1981. This was an advertising poster that Old Milwaukee put out in the early eighties. I’m not sure if the seductive model is somebody I’m supposed to know, or was famous in that time. Either way, I think it could definitely get better than...

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Patent No. 5772000A: Hop Vine Transfer System

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 22:22
Today in 1998, US Patent 5772000 A was issued, an invention of Paul J. Serres, for his “Hop Vine Transfer System.” Here’s the Abstract: A hop vine transfer system (10) includes a plurality of magazines (14a, 14b, 14c) each fed by an associated unloader mechanism (12). Once a magazine...

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Patent No. 732122A: Barrel-Tap

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 16:10
Today in 1903, US Patent 732122 A was issued, an invention of Adolph Schneider, for his “Brew-House-Apparatus Equipment.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: The invention relates, primarily, to barrel taps more, particularly intended for use in...

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Beer Birthday: Hildegard Van Ostaden

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:16
Today is the 40th birthday of Hildegard Van Ostaden, brewmaster at Urthel, one of only two female brewers working in Belgium. Inspired by a trip to Alaska’s barleywine festival, she also brewed the first American-style Imperial IPA in Belgium. Her beers are all great, and I love the...

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Patent No. 732350A: Brew-House-Apparatus Equipment

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:06
Today in 1903, US Patent 732350 A was issued, an invention of Max Henius, for his “Brew-House-Apparatus Equipment.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: My invention relates to an improvement in the equipment of apparatus employed in the department...

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Beer In Ads #1601: Beer Is A Food

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:09
Sunday’s ad is for Ruppert’s Knickerbocker — The Beer That Satisfies — from 1914. The Jacob Ruppert Brewery in New York put out this priceless ad during the inevitable march to prohibition, six years before it was enacted. They were obviously still hoping to turn public opinion with...

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Patent No. 3589270A: Device For Preparing Brewing Malt

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 22:42
Today in 1971, US Patent 3589270 A was issued, an invention of Gisbert Schlimme and Manfred Tschirner, for their “Device For Preparing Brewing Malt.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: A single apparatus for preparing brewing malt in three steps,...

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Patent No. 229374A: Apparatus for Purifying Air

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:06
Today in 1880, US Patent 229374 A was issued, an invention of Friedrich A. Bruns, for his “Apparatus for Purifying Air.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: The object of this invention is to furnish means for cooling and purifying the atmospheric...

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Beer In Ads #1600: Best Of The Better Beers

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 23:10
Sunday’s ad is for Pabst Blue Ribbon, from 1933. It’s a simple post-prohibition ad showing an older, respectable-looking man pouring himself a beer. He doesn’t immediately seem like the sort of person who smiles a lot, but pouring his Pabst, he does seem happy. The post Beer In...

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