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Beer Birthday: Jim Woods

7 hours 34 min ago
Today is maybe the 36th birthday of Jim Woods, founder of MateVeza, an organic brewer headquartered in San Francisco. I first met Jim when we were classmates at U.C. Davis for the brewing short course before he launched his unique business. All Jim’s beers are made with Yerba Mate, a South...

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Patent No. 798112A: Beer Cooling Apparatus

8 hours 14 min ago
Today in 1905, US Patent 798112 A was issued, an invention of Anthony Pelstring, for his “Beer Cooling Apparatus.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: This invention relates generally to the dispensing and cooling of beer, the object being a simple...

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Beer In Ads #2016: Carlsberg, My Daily Drink #1

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 23:09
Sunday’s ad is for Carlsberg, from the 1920s or 30s, I think. It was done by Alfred Schmidt, a well-know Danish illustrator, caricaturist and painter. He did four paneled ads, each one with the tagline “Min Deglige Drik,” which means “My Daily Drink.” In this ad,...

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Patent No. WO2008101298A1: Brewing Apparatus And Method

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 14:07
Today in 2008, US Patent WO 2008101298 A1 was issued, an invention of Allan K. Wallace, assigned to Coopers Brewery Limited, for his “Brewing Apparatus and Method.” Here’s the Abstract: The specification discloses brewing apparatus and a method for testing for end of fermentation of a...

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Beer Birthday: Mike “Tasty” McDole

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 10:16
Today is the birthday of living legend Mike “Tasty” McDole, homebrewer extraordinaire, and one time co-host of “The Jamil Show,” or “Can You Brew It?” and a regular still on the “Sunday Show” on The Brewing Network. Tasty would never refer to himself...

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Beer In Ads #2015: Honeymoon Train

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 22:39
Saturday’s ad is for Carlsberg, from the 1910. In this ad, a couple appears to be in their train compartment on their honeymoon. The man’s bag is open on the bed, revealing bottles of Carlsberg Pilsner. They stare lovingly into each other’s eyes, though their minds are most likely...

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Ballantine’s Literary Ads: C. S. Forester

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 13:21
Between 1951 and 1953, P. Ballantine and Sons Brewing Company, or simply Ballentine Beer, created a series of ads with at least thirteen different writers. They asked each one “How would you put a glass of Ballantine Ale into words?” Each author wrote a page that included reference to...

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Beer Birthday: Fred Bowman

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 10:01
Today is Fred Bowman’s 72nd birthday. Fred co-founded the Portland Brewing Co., which was bought a few years ago byPyramid Breweries, which in turn was bought by Magic Hat and then again by North American Breweries. Fred continues to be very active in the craft beer community, and has been...

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Patent No. 864560A: Keg Sprinkling Machine

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 09:48
Today in 1907, US Patent 864560 A was issued, an invention of Otto L. R. Ritter, for his “Keg Sprinkling Machine.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: This invention relates to sprinkling machines for sprinkling kegs, barrels, bottles, jars and...

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Beer In Ads #2014: A Good Bulletin

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 23:13
Friday’s ad is for Carlsberg, from the 1980s. In this ad, a pair of blokes are playing snooker, or billiards, although the six bottles of Carlsberg HOF on the table may make the game a little difficult. The sign in the wall reads “A Good Bulletin,” though I’m pretty sure...

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Beer Birthday: Pete Reid

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 15:53
Today is Pete Reid’s 53rd birthday. Pete is the publisher of Modern Brewery Age. I first met Pete a number of years ago at a Craft Brewers Conference but finally got to know him much better during a trip to Bavaria a few years back, where the two of us took a side trip to […] The post...

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Patent No. 2253883A: Beverage Dispensing Display Bar

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 13:50
Today in 1941, US Patent 2253883 A was issued, an invention of Valentine Beecher, for his “Beverage Dispensing Display Bar.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: The main object of the invention is to provide a beer dispensing system in which a...

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Beer Birthday: Pete Slosberg

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:15
Today is my good friend Pete Slosberg’s 66th birthday. Pete is, of course, best known for Pete’s Wicked Ales. After that he toyed with the idea of making barbecue but decided instead to make some incredible chocolates and had a small company, Cocoa Pete’s. A few years ago, I...

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Patent No. 2253940A: Brew Cooling Equipment

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:09
Today in 1941, US Patent 2253940 A was issued, an invention of Gerald D. Peet, for his “Brew Cooling Equipment.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: The present invention is concerned with the art of cooling brew within the original shipping and...

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Beer In Ads #2013: Cycling To Carlsberg

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 23:39
Thursday’s ad is for Carlsberg, from 1930. In this ad, a trio are riding their bicycles toward the same set of buildings as yesterday’s ad, but they’re having to work a lot harder to get there. The cyclist in the lead is pointing up ahead, presumably to their destination. Or...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Hans Adolf Krebs

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 20:22
Today is the birthday of Hans Adolf Krebs (August 25, 1900-November 22, 1981). He was a German-born British physician and biochemist. He was the pioneer scientist in study of cellular respiration, a biochemical pathway in cells for production of energy. He is best known for his discoveries of two...

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Patent No. 20110206487A1: Keg Handling Equipment

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 14:24
Today in 2011, US Patent 20110206487 A1 was issued, an invention of Terry George Morgan, for his “Keg Handling Equipment.” Here’s the Abstract: A keg conveying trolley has a pair of wheels, a central post and a slide which carries a hook for grasping the keg rim. The slide is lockable...

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Historic Beer Birthday: George F. Klotter Jr.

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:24
Today is the birthday of George F. Klotter Jr. (August 25, 1835-1900?) His father, along with partner Johann G. Sohn, established the Hamilton Brewery in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1846. Klotter Sr. left that brewery, while Sohn continued alone, and Klotter started another brewery, the George Klotter...

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Patent No. 154367A: Improvement In Faucets

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 10:04
Today in 1874, US Patent 154367 A was issued, an invention of Lemen J. Birgler, for his “Improvement in Faucets.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: My invention relates to a faucet with vent attachment, for drawing of fermented or other liquors...

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Beer In Ads #2012: Motoring To Carlsberg

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 22:30
Wednesday’s ad is for Carlsberg, from 1930. In this ad, a couple on a motorbike are on the brink of overtaking an automobile, a pair of cyclists, all turning left at the next intersection on their way, apparently, to either the building with Carlsberg Lager on the side, or the one with...

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