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Patent No. 1302549A: Process For Brewing Beer

3 hours 37 min ago
Today in 1919, US Patent 1302549 A was issued, an invention of Herman Hausen, for his “Process For Brewing Beer.” There’s no Abstract, but as Prohibition began, the invention was specifically for non-alcoholic beer to satisfy demand for at least the taste of beer once the regular...

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Beer In Ads #1546: Tecate’s Three Amigos

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 22:31
Tuesday’s ad, for Cinco de Mayo, is for Tecate beer, from 1988. The cartoon art was created by Leslie Cabarga and used by Tecate in a series of ads that summer, and was even made into a poster. Showing two Tecates, a bottle and a can, though the can is clearly the leader, along with...

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Patent No. D591850S1: Filled Beer Glass Shaped Condom

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 16:59
Today in 2009, US Patent D591850 S1 was issued, an invention of Brian Osterberg, for his “Filled Beer Glass Shaped Condom.” There’s no Abstract, and there’s not much to say about it, other than his invention is the “ornamental design for a filled beer glass shaped...

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Beer Birthday: Bill Covaleski

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 09:40
Today is the 52nd birthday of Bill Covaleski, a co-founder of Victory Brewing Co., along with his childhood friend Ron Barchet. I first met Bill at the brewery doing an article on Pennsylvania breweries for the Celebrator a decade ago. It’s been great seeing his brewery rack up victory after...

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Patent No. 2039564A: Beer Dispensing Apparatus

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 09:21
Today in 1936, US Patent 2039564 A was issued, an invention of Elmer H. Smith, for his “Beer Dispensing Apparatus.” There’s no Abstract, but in the description it states that his “invention relates to new and useful improvements in beer dispensing apparatus, and more...

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Beer In Ads #1545: The Only Beer Brewed Specially For The Can

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 22:50
Monday’s ad is for Long Life, from 1963. The canned beer Long Life Beer was made by Ind Coope beginning in the 1950s, making it one of the early beers in cans in the UK. They launched a series of ads claiming that the recipe was formulated specifically for the can, and as a result...

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Star Wars Downunder: The Good, The Bad & The Thirsty

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 22:19
For some reason I really got caught up in the hoopla of Star Wars Day today. But what about beer and Star Wars, you might ask? Believe it or not, I found something. It’s an interesting fan film made in Australia, entitled Star Wars Downunder. It’s shot in 35mm and took 10 years to make,...

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Patent No. 3181684A: Transfer Mechanism For Conveyor Keg Palletizing Device

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 21:26
Today in 1965, US Patent 3181684 A was issued, an invention of John Miller, assigned to Schaefer Brewing Co., for his “Transfer Mechanism For Conveyor Keg Palletizing Device.” There’s no Abstract, but in the description it states that his “invention is to provide a more...

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Patent No. 2677378A: Method And Apparatus For Picking Hops

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 16:28
Today in 1954, US Patent 2677378 A was issued, an invention of Florian F. Dauenhauer, for his “Method and Apparatus for Picking Hops.” There’s no Abstract, but in the description it states that his “present invention relates to improvements in a method and apparatus for...

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Patent No. 581700A: Bottling Apparatus

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 08:44
Today in 1897, US Patent 581700 A was issued, an invention of Alvin James Donally, for his “Bottling Apparatus.” There’s no Abstract, but in the description it states that he’s “invented certain new and useful Improvements in Bottling Apparatus.” While he never...

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Beer In Ads #1544: This Family Brews Beer Better

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 23:01
Saturday’s ad is for Falstaff, from 1970. Featuring soul singer James Brown, whose birthday is today. He did an ad for Falstaff in which he’s shown belting out a song in a dozen sequential photos on a black background. Below there’s a simple photos of a glass of Falstaff beer with...

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Patent No. 2630311A: Apparatus For Drying Hops

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 15:06
Today in 1953, US Patent 2630311 A was issued, an invention of Verlin A. Bloxham, for his “Apparatus For Drying Hops.” There’s no Abstract, but in the description it states that the “invention relates to an apparatus for drying hops. The apparatus commonly employed...

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How To Spot Bad Science

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 13:52
Longtime readers of the Bulletin know that I’m constantly examining and finding fault with questionable studies used by the modern prohibitionist groups using them to promote their agenda. I’m often amazed at some of the studies that make it into peer-reviewed journals. Apparently...

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Patent No. 2468840A: Heater For Wort Kettles

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 08:47
Today in 1949, US Patent 2468840 A was issued, an invention of Robert C. Schock, for his “Heater For Wort Kettles.” There’s no Abstract, but in the description it states that the “invention relates to means and methods of heating wort prior to its use in the making of...

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Beer In Ads #1543: Living Beyond Your Means Again?

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 22:22
Saturday’s ad is for Lowenbrau, from 1984. It’s a fairly simple ad showing two bottles of Lowenbrau, one of which was poured into a glass, at a time when it was sill considered a “premium” import, which seems laughable by today’s standards. The post Beer In Ads #1543:...

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Patent No. 3317025A: Automatic Keg Feeder

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 17:41
Today in 1967, US Patent 3317025 A was issued, an invention of Ernst Schickle, assigned to Rheingold Breweries, for his “Automatic Keg Feeder.” There’s no Abstract, but in the description it states that the “invention relates generally to brewery operation and particularly...

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Beer Birthday: Anders Kissmeyer

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 17:19
Today is Danish brewer Anders Kissmeyer’s 59th birthday. He was a co-founder of Nørrebro Bryghus in Copenhagen. I first met Anders through corresponding with him for an article on collaboration beers I did for All About Beer magazine a couple of years ago. Then we met in person at GABF a...

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Patent No. 3316916A: Hop Picking Machine

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 16:02
Today in 1967, US Patent 3316916 A was issued, an invention of Florian F. Dauenhauer and Thomas H. Frazer, for their “Hop Picking Machine.” There’s no Abstract, and all they say in the description is a generic the “present invention relates to improvements in a hop picking...

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Beer Birthday: Bruce Paton

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 11:40
Today is the Beer Chef, Bruce Paton’s 60th birthday. Bruce has been doing fantastic dinners pairing greatvbeer and gourmet food for almost twenty years in the Bay Area starting at Barclay’s Restaurant and Pub in Oakland and continuing at the Clift and Cathedral Hill Hotels in San Francisco. He’s...

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Patent No. D357864S: Beverage Bottle

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 11:39
Today in 1995, US Patent D357864 S was issued, an invention of Kevin R. Rusnock and Barbara E. Lee, assigned to the Coors Brewing Company, for their “Beverage Bottle.” There’s no Abstract, but all they say in the description is that it’s an “ornamental design for a...

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