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Patent No. WO2010043235A8: Post Fermenting Optimizer (PFO) For The Preparation Of Beer

1 hour 54 min ago
Today in 2010, US Patent WO 2010043235 A8 was issued, an invention of Patrick Accristo, Michel Aubanel, Cyril Denis, Dave Mawby, Matthew Servini, Nilabh Singh, and John Terry, assigned to Cargill Incorporated, for their “Post Fermenting Optimizer (PFO) for the Preparation of Beer.”...

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Beer Birthday: Matt Van Wyk

6 hours 42 min ago
Today is Matt Van Wyk’s 43rd birthday. Matt was the brewmaster at Flossmoor Station but a number of years ago moved to Eugene, Oregon to brew at Oakshire Brewing. He also used to co-write one of the best brewer’s blogs, the Flossmoor Station Blog and is now blogging for Oakshire, though...

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Patent No. 5334400A: Beverage Package

6 hours 45 min ago
Today in 1994, US Patent 5334400 A was issued, an invention of Robert Purdham, assigned to Guinness Brewing Worldwide Limited, for his “Beverage Package.” Here’s the Abstract: A sealed beverage package has a bottle 1, a neck 4 of which provides a narrow mouth 5. A hollow insert 7 is...

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Beer In Ads #1635: Ladder Drinking

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 22:40
Saturday’s ad is for Carling Black Label, from 1958. A man’s up a ladder, doing some sort of work around the house, presumably. The ad reads: “Time for a break!” Maybe it’s just me, but it seems the more prudent way to take that break might have been to climb down off...

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Beer In Ads #1634: Early American Discovery

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 22:47
Friday’s ad is another one for Ballantine Ale, again from from 1940. This was one a series of historic scenes done in a clay diorama style. This one shows a pathfinder following a somewhat circuitous set of footprints forming three circles. What could it mean? Did he find a beer? The post...

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Patent No. 2756917A: Valve For Counter Pressure Filling Apparatus

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:34
Today in 1956, US Patent 2756917 A was issued, an invention of John T. Kline, for his “Valve For Counter Pressure Filling Apparatus.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: Briefly outlined they are as follows: The charged liquid is supplied to a...

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Beer Birthday: Jonathan Surratt

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:41
Today is the 41st birthday of Jonathan Surratt. Jonathan launched the Beer Mapping Project and also runs the website for DRAFT magazine. He also created National Growler Day, though its exact date from year to year is still fluid, and he’s a twitter diva, too. Join me in wishing Jonathan a...

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Patent No. 1235231A: Apparatus For Cooling And Rousing Beer-Wort And For Precipitating Sludge From Same

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 08:24
Today in 1917, US Patent 1235231 A was issued, an invention of Leopold Nathan, for his “Apparatus for Cooling and Rousing Beer-Wort and for Precipitating Sludge from Same.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: In the brewing of beer, especially in...

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Beer In Ads #1633: Early American

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:10
Thursday’s ad is for Ballantine Ale, from 1940. A bottle of Ballentine Ale sits in front of a framed picture of a 100-year old ship to celebrate Ballantine’s 100th anniversary. In fact, the ship is coming out of the frame, as is a red flag/handkerchief/whatever, which is actually pretty...

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Beer Birthday: Dr. Bill

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 15:03
Today is also the 53rd birthday of William Sysak, better known to the beer community as Dr. Bill. Dr. Bill’s massive tastings are the stuff of legends, and he’s now transported them — albeit on a smaller scale — to working at Stone Brewing’s World Bistro & Gardens. He has...

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Patent No. 533747A: Beer-Cooling Device

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 09:51
Today in 1895, US Patent 533747 A was issued, an invention of Otto Ritter, for his “Beer-Cooling Device.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: My invention relates to a beer cooling apparatus, the object of my invention being to so construct an...

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Patent No. 3749004A: Apparatus For Crushing And/Or Compacting

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 08:45
Today in 1973, US Patent 3749004 A was issued, an invention of William G. Pagdin and Charles F. Constable, assigned to the Schlitz Brewing Co., for their “Apparatus for Crushing and/or Compacting.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: The invention...

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Beer Birthday: Tom Peters

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 08:01
My good friend Tom Peters, one of the owners of Monk’s Cafe and Belgian Beer Emporium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, turns 61 today. His enthusiasm for and promotion of Belgian beer has few equals. A couple of years ago, I was privileged to travel through France and Belgium with Tom, which...

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Patent No. 1138251A: Mash-Filter Plate

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 07:36
Today in 1915, US Patent 1138251 A was issued, an invention of Joseph Schaefer, for his “Mash-Filter Plate.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: My invention relates to mash filters adapted for use in the arts of brewing, distilling or in the...

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Beer In Ads #1632: And If You Feel Like Singing …

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 22:06
Wednesday’s ad is for Ballantine Beer, from the 1970s. It’s a simple black and white ad showing a can of beer and a tagline enticing people to sing along. “And if you feel like singing …” is followed by their jingle that begins “Hey, get your cold beer.”...

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Beer Birthday: Garrett Oliver

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:53
Today is Garrett Oliver’s 53rd birthday. Garrett is the head brewer at Brooklyn Brewery and has done more for the craft beer industry to promote pairing food and beer than just about any other person alive. If you haven’t picked up a copy of his book, The Brewmaster’s Table, you...

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Beer In Ads #1631: Anheuser-Busch Buck

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 23:32
Tuesday’s ad is for Anheuser-Busch Buck, from 1885. By “buck,” one presumes they mean bock and used a slightly alternate spelling. The lithograph was created by the Wittemann Brothers, Adolph and Herman, of New York. It’s odd poster, with the eagle and goat, or buck, looking...

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Patent No. 5133233A: Bottle Opener Glove

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 22:26
Today in 1992, US Patent 5133233 A was issued, an invention of Charles M. Erwin, for his “Bottle Opener Glove.” Here’s the Abstract: Bottle opening tool having bottle cap-engaging hook and end fulcrum bar, each secured to a rigid back plate, is incorporated into the palm of a glove....

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Patent No. 734985A: Apparatus For Converting Wort Into Beer

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 08:52
Today in 1903, US Patent 734985 A was issued, an invention of Charles Spindler, for his “Apparatus For Converting Wort Into Beer.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: This invention relates to improved apparatus for the manufacture of fermented...

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Beer In Ads #1630: Nothing So Good … For Good Company!

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 23:09
Monday’s ad is for Carling’s Black Label, from 1955. All it took was a shirt, a bowling ball, pin and whatever the hell is on top of the ball to make an abstract person holding a bottle of beer. In the mid-1950s, bowling was huge — a very high percentage of people not only bowled,...

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