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Beer In Ads #1508: Saturday Night

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 22:32
Saturday’s ad is another one for Budweiser, this one from, I think, the early 1960s. It’s another ad from their “Where there’s life” series, this one is called “Saturday Night.” A couple are out for dinner on, presumably, a Saturday night, or maybe just...

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Patent No. 1177529A: Beer-Faucet

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 21:28
Today in 1916, US Patent 1177529 A was issued, an invention of Frederick Marquardt, for his “Beer-Faucet.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states that the “invention is to provide a faucet especially adapted to be used for dispensing beer, ale orthe like, and the...

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Reservoir Dogs Beers

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 17:34
The debut film of auteur filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was the violent heist film Reservoir Dogs. I remember being blown away by it when I saw it in the theatre when it was released in 1992, and especially the stylish opening credits scene with the principal characters walking down an alley in...

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Patent No. 3311267A: Measuring Attachment For Beer Keg Or The Like

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:01
Today in 1967, US Patent 3311267 A was issued, an invention of James E. Houston, Ryals E. Lee,and George M. Norman, for their “Measuring Attachment for Beer Keg or the Like.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states that the “invention relates to the dispensing of...

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Beer In Ads #1507: Next Time

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 22:01
Friday’s ad is still another one for Budweiser, this one from 1959. It’s another ad from their “Where there’s life” series, this one is called “Next Time.” It’s hard to see what’s going on in this ad. A couple in a darkened room, their faces...

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Beerish Birthday: Nathan Fillion

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 18:44
This is not, strictly speaking, a beer birthday, which is why I called it a “beerish” one, but my wife and I are both Browncoats, fans of the criminally short-lived television show Firefly. Like many Browncoats, we’ve continued to follow its cast members, especially the star of...

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Patent Nos. 2546250A & 2546251A: Process Of Concentrating Yeast Slurries & For Drying Yeast

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:30
Today in 1951, US Patents 2546250 A and 2546251 A were issued, both inventions of Stanley L. Baker, for his “Process of Concentrating Yeast Slurries” and “Process for Drying Yeast.” There’s no Abstract for either, but the description for the first is an...

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Oskar Blues Buys Perrin Brewing

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:06
Oskar Blues, makers of Dale’s Pale Ale and other canned beers, has announced acquisition of the Perrin Brewing Co. of Comstock Park, Michigan (near Grand Rapids). MLive is reporting the deal, and that as part of it, Keith Klopcic, who formerly worked with nearby West Side Beer Distributing,...

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Studies Show Studies Don’t Show Much

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:57
If there’s one thing prohibitionists love to shout about, it’s a new study showing how terrible alcohol is, and how it supports what they’ve been proselytizing about all along. A growing trend has been anti-alcohol groups funding studies, having the “team” look for...

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Patent No. 2740049A: Method And Apparatus For Destruction Of Live Yeast Cells In Beer

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:42
Today in 1956, US Patent 2740049 A was issued, an invention of William C. Stein Sr., for his “Method and Apparatus for Destruction of Live Yeast Cells in Beer.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states that the “invention relates to a method and apparatus for...

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Beer Birthday: Michael Jackson

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:23
Today would have been Michael Jackson’s 73rd birthday. I first met Michael in the early 1990s, shortly after my first beer book was published. He is all but single-handedly responsible for the culture of better beer that exists today. He began writing about good beer in the 1960s and 70s and...

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Beer In Ads #1506: Nothing Like It

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:08
Thursday’s ad is yet another one for Budweiser, this one from 1961. It’s another ad from their “Where there’s life” series, this one is called “Nothing Like It.” A man eating a pizza by himself is having a beer poured for him by a uniformed waitress. I love...

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Patent No. 1995626A: Manufacture Of Minim Alcohol Beverage

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:20
Today in 1935, US Patent 1995626 A was issued, an invention of Karl Schreder, for his “Manufacture of Minim Alcohol Beverage.” There’s no Abstract, as far as I can tell, Minim means low-alcohol. I wonder if that was a common term back then? It’s not one I hear these days....

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Beer Birthday: Bill Brand

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:07
Today would have been Bill Brand’s 77th birthday, if not for the tragic events of February 8, 2009. Bill, of course, was hit by a Muni Train that evening and passed away twelve days later, on February 20. He was a bastion of support for the local beer community for decades, and one of...

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Patent No. 1021669A: Beer-Tapper

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:52
Today in 1912, US Patent 1021669 A was issued, an invention of William W. Frisholm, for his “Beer-Tapper.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states that his “invention is an improvement in beer tappers, and consists in certain novel constructions, and combinations of...

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Beer Bornday: Fraggle

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:30
Today would have been the 48th birthday of Mark Martone, better known to the beer world as “Fraggle.” Fraggle always called them borndays, so I’ll continue that tradition for him. Unfortunately, he suffered a stroke last year in late June and passed away a few days later, on July...

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Patent No. 848228A: Cooler For Beer

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:59
Today in 1907, US Patent 848228 A was issued, an invention of Johann Ettel, for his “Cooler for Beer or Other Beverages.” There’s no Abstract, and the description is without a doubt one of the worst OCR conversions I’ve ever seen. For example, here’s what should be the...

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Beer In Ads #1505: Count ‘Em

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 22:48
Wednesday’s ad is another one for Budweiser, from 1960. It’s another ad from their “Where there’s life” series, this one features puppies and is called “Count ‘Em!” Bud wants you to look at 7 — count ‘em, 7 — words on their label. They...

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Beer Birthday: Anat Baron

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:22
Today is the birthday of filmmaker Anat Baron, whose Beer Wars movie started people writing and talking about the beer business, from all sorts of angles, four years ago, and while it’s slowed down, the discussion has yet to have completely gone away. Or as Alan from A Good Beer Blog puts it,...

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Patent No. 8678247B2: Creamy Foam Beer Dispensing System

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:59
Today in 2014, just one year ago, US Patent 8678247 B2 was issued, an invention of Paul Haskayne, Robert W. Shettle, Donald W. Smeller, Jarrell L. Jennings III, and Merrill R. Good, assigned to the Lancer Corporation, for their “Creamy Foam Beer Dispensing System.” Here’s the...

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