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Beer Birthday: Tom Acitelli

5 hours 36 min ago
Today is the 39th birthday of Tom Acitelli, author of the wonderful history of craft beer, The Audacity of Hops. Tom reached out to me while he was working on his book, and we’ve been friends ever since. He’s a great new addition to the cadre of writers chronicling the beer industry...

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Patent No. 4802344A: Portable Cooler For Beverage Kegs

5 hours 38 min ago
Today in 1989, US Patent 4802344 A was issued, an invention of Mark L. Livingston and Michael Babcock, for their “Portable Cooler For Beverage Kegs.” Here’s the Abstract: A thermally insulated cooler for enclosing a beverage keg having a pre-chilled beverage temperature to be...

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Beer Birthday: Jeff O’Neil

9 hours 20 min ago
Today is the 42nd birthday of Jeff O’Neil, who I first met when he was brewing at Drake’s here in sunny California. He’s since gone on to make a name for himself at Ithaca Beer Co. before leaving that gig to become the brewmaster at the Peekskill Brewery, both of which are in...

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Patent No. 3302660A: Tapping Valve For Beer Keg

10 hours 2 min ago
Today in 1967, US Patent 3302660 A was issued, an invention of Baron F. Haag, for his “Tapping Valve For Beer Keg.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: This invention relates to an improved valve. More specifically, it relates to an improved valve...

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Beer Birthday: John Hickenlooper

11 hours 1 min ago
Today is the 64th birthday of Governor of Colorado — and former Denver mayor — John Hickenlooper. John was also the co-founder of Wynkoop Brewery in Denver’s LoDo District, and in fact is credited with helping to revitalize the whole area. After being a popular, and by all accounts very...

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Patent No. D4641S: Design For Molds For Lager-Beer Glasses

11 hours 4 min ago
Today in 1871, US Patent D4641 S was issued, an invention of John P. Pears, for his “Design For Molds For Lager-Beer Glasses.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: I have invented a new and useful Design for Mold for Lager-beer Glass; and I do...

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Beer In Ads #1813: John Hancock — “Father Of The Revolution”

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 22:08
Friday’s ad is for Budweiser, from 1915, No. 6 in a series they did in 1914-15 called “Framers of the Constitution of the U.S.A.” The sixth one features John Hancock, and tells the story of Hancock and his contributions to American Independence, and even his indirect help with the...

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Beer Birthday: Jay Sheveck

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 21:05
Today is also the 46th birthday of Jay Sheveck, a beer writer and filmmaker in Los Angeles. In addition to writing for the Celebrator, Jay wrote the Beer Guppy’s Guide to Southern California . He’s also been working for many, many years on a documentary film about the early days of...

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Bistro Double IPA Winners 2016

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 20:31
Today the the 16th annual Double IPA Festival was held at the Bistro in Hayward, California. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this year owing to my daughter having a vaulting competition today. But owner Vic Kralj was kind enough to send me a list of this year’s winners. The full list is...

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Beer Birthday: Brian Ford

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 10:32
Today is the 52nd birthday of Brian Ford, owner/brewer at the Auburn Alehouse near Sacramento, California. Brian previously brewed at Beermann’s Beerworks, but left before they closed a number of years ago. His new place is in an old historic building, a really cool space, where he’s...

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Patent No. 123390A: Improvement In Beer And Water Coolers

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 09:14
Today in 1872, US Patent 123390 A was issued, an invention of Charles Geenen, for his “Improvement in Beer and Water Coolers.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: My device relates to that class of coolers or refrigerators which have an interior...

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Beer Birthday: Erin Fay Glass

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 08:45
Today is the 45th birthday of Erin Fay Glass, Membership Coordinator and Brewery Detective at the Brewers Association. Erin is one of my favorite people in the BA, and the whole beer community for that matter. Join me in wishing her a very happy birthday. Several November 18ths ago, Maya Ryleigh...

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Beer In Ads #1812: Benjamin Franklin — “Father Of American Diplomacy”

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 22:47
Thursday’s ad is for Budweiser, from 1915, No. 5 in a series they did in 1914-15 called “Framers of the Constitution of the U.S.A.” The fifth one features Benjamin Franklin, and tells the story of Franklin in fairly gushing terms but, to their credit, at least they don’t...

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Patent No. 3789622A: Ice Box For Beer Barrel

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 09:32
Today in 1974, US Patent 3789622 A was issued, an invention of Ralph Yanes, for his “Ice Box For Beer Barrel.” Here’s the Abstract: An insulated barrel shape structure for housing and suspending a beer barrel in the horizontal position surrounded by ice. The rear circular cover of the...

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Beer Birthday: Roger Protz

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 09:20
Today is the 77th birthday of British beer writer Roger Protz. Roger, of course, if one of Britain’s best-known beer writers, having authored over twenty books on the subject, including being the editor of CAMRA’s Good beer Guide for two decades. He’s also been very active in...

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Patent No. 667478A: Hop-Drying Box

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:33
Today in 1901, US Patent 667478 A was issued, an invention of Adolf Wolf, for his “Hop-Drying Box.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: My invention relates to boxes for holding loose material, such as hops, in the process of drying the same, and...

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Beer In Ads #1811: Gouveneur Morris — “Father of the Penny”

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 22:56
Thursday’s ad is for Budweiser, from 1915, No. 4 in a series they did in 1914-15 called “Framers of the Constitution of the U.S.A.” The fourth one features Gouveneur Morris (though it’s usually spelled Gouverneur Morris), and tells the story of Morris being a part of...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Louis Camille Maillard

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 21:21
Today is the birthday of French physician and chemist Louis Camille Maillard (February 4, 1878-May 12, 1936) who was the Doogie Howser of his era, joining the faculty of the University of Nancy when he was only sixteen. He rose to prominence thanks to his work on kidney disorders and later taught...

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Patent No. 3425839A: Continuous Beer Making Process Wherein The Wort And Yeast Are Separated By A Porous Partition

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:10
Today in 1969, US Patent 3425839 A was issued, an invention of Michael Alan Pinnegar, assigned to Brewing Patents Ltd., for his “Continuous Beer Making Process Wherein the Wort and Yeast Are Separated by a Porous Partition.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes...

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Alice Cooper And Chicken And Beer, Oh My!

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 14:25
Today is the birthday of American rock singer and songwriter Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948- ). Apparently early in Alice Cooper’s career, there was an incident at a 1969 show in Toronto that helped to create his bad boy persona and get him noticed in the world of...

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