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Historic Beer Birthday: August J. Lang

3 hours 20 min ago
Today is the birthday of August J. Lang (August 12, 1865-December 16, 1955). Born in Baden, Germany, Lang and his brothers Otto, Adolph, Leonhard, and Wilhelm, bought the Red Lion Brewing Co., located on corner of Baker & Geary Streets in San Francisco, and renamed it the August Lang Brewing...

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Beer Birthday: Jennie Hatton Baver

8 hours 51 min ago
Today is the 49th birthday of Jennie Hatton, who did P.R. for Philly Beer Week and several craft breweries in the tri-state area for a number of years. She cut her teeth working for Tom Peters at Monk’s Cafe. Jennie and her business partner Claire Pelino are responsible for many, many beer...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Samuel Allsopp

13 hours 7 min ago
Today is the birthday of Samuel Allsopp (August 12, 1780-February 26, 1838). He purchased the brewery started in the 1740s by his uncle, Benjamin Wilson, in 1807. Bringing his family into the business, he renamed it Samuel Allsopp & Sons. When he died in 1838, the Burton-on-Trent brewery passed...

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Beer In Ads #3436: Phénix In The Desert

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 23:35
Tuesday’s ad is for Phénix Speciale, from maybe the 1940s or early 50s. From the late 1800s until the 1980s, poster art really came into its own, and in Europe a lot of really cool posters, many of them for breweries, were produced. I’ve been posting vintage European posters all last...

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Historic Beer Birthday: William K. “Bill” Coors

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 19:35
Today is the birthday of William Kistler “Bill” Coors (August 11, 1916-October 13, 2018). Bill Coors was born in Golden, Colorado, and is the grandson of Adolph Coors, who founded the Coors Brewing Company in 1873. He worked for the family business all his life, and ran the brewery from 1961–2003....

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Beer Birthday: Conrad Seidl

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 10:02
Today is the 62nd birthday of Austrian beer writer Conrad Seidl. Our paths have crossed several times over the years, usually at judging events, and we’ve also contributed to some of the same international beer books. But during a press trip to Belgium in 2013, I finally had a chance to spend...

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Beer In Ads #3435: Phénix High Luxury Beer

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 23:43
Monday’s ad is for Phénix Speciale 14, from maybe the 1940s or early 50s. From the late 1800s until the 1980s, poster art really came into its own, and in Europe a lot of really cool posters, many of them for breweries, were produced. I’ve been posting vintage European posters all last...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Edward Greenall

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 22:05
Today is the birthday of Edward Greenall (August 10, 1758-August 20, 1835). He was the son of Thomas Greenall, who founded Greenall’s Brewery in 1762. There’s not too much biographical information about Edward, but he is mentioned briefly in Thomas Greenall & Family: The eldest son of...

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Historic Beer Birthday: George E. Muelebach

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 14:47
Today is the birthday of George Edward Muelebach (August 10, 1881-January 11, 1955). He was the son of George Muelebach, who emigrated to Kansas City, Missouri, from Switzerland and founded the George Muehlebach Brewing Co. in 1868, along with his brother John Muelebach (some sources say Peter)....

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Beer Birthday: Chuck Skypeck

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 11:06
Today is Chuck Skypeck’s 66th birthday. Chuck was a founder of Bosco’s, a brewpub which has three locations in Tennessee and Arkansas, and also Ghost River Brewing. I met Chuck at BA functions many years ago and he’s always been one of the warmest, most genuine people I know. A...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Charles Haberle

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 10:26
Today is the birthday of Charles Haberle (August 10, 1860-October 27, 1910). He was the brother of Frank B. Haberle, and the son of Benedict Haberle, who founded the Benedict Haberle Brewing Co. in 1857. Charles worked in the family business throughout his life, eventually becoming superintendent....

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Beer In Ads #3434: La Bière Phénix … At The Top Of The Best!

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 23:22
Sunday’s ad is for La Bière de Luxe Phénix, from maybe the 1940s or early 50s. From the late 1800s until the 1980s, poster art really came into its own, and in Europe a lot of really cool posters, many of them for breweries, were produced. I’ve been posting vintage European posters all...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Franz Falk

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 12:25
Today is the birthday of Franz Falk (August 9, 1823-August 5, 1882), though some accounts give August 9, and I’ve also seen both 1823 and 1825 given as the year, so it’s safe to say there’s no consensus about his actual birth date. What is more agreed upon is that he was born in...

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Beer In Ads #3433: La Bière Phénix Running Man Original

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 23:22
Saturday’s ad is for La Bière Phénix, from maybe the 1940s or early 50s. From the late 1800s until the 1980s, poster art really came into its own, and in Europe a lot of really cool posters, many of them for breweries, were produced. I’ve been posting vintage European posters all last...

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Beer Birthday: Gretchen Schmidhausler

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 12:29
Today is the birthday of Gretchen Schmidhausler. She recently opened her own small brewery, Little Dog Brewing in Neptune City, New Jersey. I first met Gretchen, I believe, when she was brewing at Basil T’s Brewery & Italian Grill, where she brewed for over a dozen years, although...

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Beer In Ads #3432: La Bière Phénix Running Man

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 23:15
Friday’s ad is for La Bière Phénix, from maybe the 1940s or early 50s. From the late 1800s until the 1980s, poster art really came into its own, and in Europe a lot of really cool posters, many of them for breweries, were produced. I’ve been posting vintage European posters all last...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Henry J. Schreihart

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 22:05
Today is the birthday of Henry J. Schreihart (August 7, 1876-August 7, 1931). He was the son of John Schreihart, and the grandson of Peter Schreihart, both of whom he founded with a partner, Frederick Pautz, bought the William Fricke Brewery, which had been founded in 1862. In 1879, John become...

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Historic Beer Birthday: John Allen Young

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 19:04
Today is the birthday of John Allen Young (August 7, 1921-September 17, 2006). Young was the great-great-grandson of Charles Young, who co-founded Young’s brewery in 1831. “He joined the family firm in 1954 after serving as a fighter pilot and a merchant seaman. He became chairman and...

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Beer Birthday: Patrick Rue

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:40
Today is the 40th birthday — the Big 4-O — of Patrick Rue, founder of The Bruery in Orange County, California. I first became aware of Patrick when he started writing his blog about the travails of opening a brewery. We began corresponding, becoming friends and eventually meeting in person....

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Historic Beer Birthday: Nicholas Fitzgerald

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:20
Today is the birthday of Nicholas Fitzgerald (August 7, 1829-August 17, 1908). He “was an Australian politician, a member of the Victorian Legislative Council from 1864 until 1908,” and co-founded the Castlemaine Brewery, along with his brother Edward Fitzgerald. Here’s his short...

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