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Beer Birthday: Paul Gatza

1 hour 26 min ago
Today is also Paul Gatza’s 52nd birthday. Paul is the Director of the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado. He’s held numerous executive positions with the BA and its previous incarnation, the Association of Brewers. An avid homebrewer, Paul is great face for the BA and a terrific...

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Patent No. 1919665A: Bottle Filling Machine And Method

5 hours 48 min ago
Today in 1933, US Patent 1919665 A was issued, an invention of Frederick W. Muller, for his “Bottle Filling Machine and Method.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: This invention relates to bottle filling machines and methods and relates...

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Beer Birthday: Vinnie Cilurzo

7 hours 50 min ago
Today is the 46th birthday of Vinnie Cilurzo, founder and brewmaster at Russian River Brewing. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Vinnie is one of the best brewers in America and is credited with having made the first Imperial IPA. Along with his partner Natalie, his Russian...

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Patent No. 3679431A: Wort Production

7 hours 57 min ago
Today in 1972, US Patent 3679431 A was issued, an invention of David Henry Clayton and John Karkalas, for their “Wort Production.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: This invention is concerned with improvements in or relating to wort production....

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Beer In Ads #1982: Working On The Community Drive

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 22:58
Sunday’s ad is entitled Working on the Community Drive, and the illustration was done in 1955 by Douglass Crockwell. It’s #113 in a series entitled “Home Life in America,” also known as the Beer Belongs series of ads that the United States Brewers Foundation ran from 1945 to...

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Patent No. 3045679A: Hop Picker

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 14:49
Today in 1962, US Patent 3045679 A was issued, an invention of Fritz Kibinger and Hans Eder, for his “Hop Picker.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: The present invention relates to a device for the harvesting of hops. In order to sever the...

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Beer Birthday: John Harris

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 14:23
Today is John Harris’ 53rd birthday. Until not to long ago — and for a long time — John was the head brewer at Full Sail Brewing and was responsible for many of their excellent beers. He’s more recently opened his own brewery in Portland, Ecliptic Brewing. John also occasionally plays...

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Patent No. 654369A: Apparatus For Pasteurizing Beer

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 11:28
Today in 1900, US Patent 654369 A was issued, an invention of Edward Wagner, assigned to the Model Bottling Machinery Company, for his “Apparatus For Pasteurizing Beer.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: This invention relates to an improved...

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Beer In Ads #1981: Between Innings

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 23:08
Saturday’s ad is entitled Between Innings, and the illustration was done in 1955 by Pruett Carter. It’s #112 in a series entitled “Home Life in America,” also known as the Beer Belongs series of ads that the United States Brewers Foundation ran from 1945 to 1956. In this ad,...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Michael Thomas Bass

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 14:08
Today is the birthday of Michael Thomas Bass (July 23, 1760-March 9, 1827). He was the son of Bass brewery founder William Bass who ran the brewery from 1787, greatly increasing the brewery’s business and expanding into new markets, such as the Baltic States and Germany. Here’s the info...

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Beer Birthday: Jeremy Danner

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 11:03
Today is the 35th birthday of Jeremy Danner, who’s the ambassador brewer for Boulevard Brewing. Jeremy’s a Kansas City native who worked at several bars, restaurants and breweries, working his way up to his present job with Boulevard. Given that his love affair began on his 21st...

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Patent No. 860936A: Bottle Carrier For Bottling Establishments

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 10:36
Today in 1907, US Patent 860936 A was issued, an invention of Max W. Norkewitz, for his “Bottle Carrier For Bottling Establishments.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: This invention relates particularly to machinery for bottling establishments...

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Beer Birthday: Fergus Carey

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 09:50
Today is the 53rd birthday of Fergus Carey, better known simply as Fergie. Fergie owns Fergie’s Pub in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is co-owner of Monk’s Cafe with Tom Peters and is also a partner in Nodding Head Brewery. Fergie’s always a fun person to have around and...

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Patent No. 860746A: Frame For Hop-Scoops

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 09:09
Today in 1907, US Patent 860746 A was issued, an invention of John N. Hoffman, for his “Frame For Hop-Scoops.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: My invention relates to improvements in scoops for picking up and conveying hops, or the like, and it...

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Beer In Ads #1980: Supper On The Sand

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 22:52
Friday’s ad is entitled Supper on the Sand, and the illustration was done in 1955 by Douglass Crockwell. It’s #111 in a series entitled “Home Life in America,” also known as the Beer Belongs series of ads that the United States Brewers Foundation ran from 1945 to 1956. In...

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Beer Birthday: Travis Smith

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 15:36
Today is also the 37th birthday of Travis Smith, who’s a co-founder of Societe Brewing Co. in San Diego. Before that, Travis brewed at Russian River Brewing for a number of years, before moving south, where he brewed at both The Bruery and the La Jolla Brewhouse. His brewery has quickly...

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Patent No. 3895478A: Roll On Capping Head

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 14:38
Today in 1975, US Patent 3895478 A was issued, an invention of Kenneth F.M. Friendship, assigned to Continental Can Co., for his “Roll On Capping Head.” Here’s the Abstract: A roll on type capping head for applying closure cap blanks to the mouths of containers, such as bottles, jars or...

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Historic Birthday: George Crum

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 13:10
Today is the date that George Crum died in 1914, and the closest anyone knows about when he was born is July 1832, although some accounts say as early as 1822 and at least one more gives 1831. But he was born George Speck, but changed his name to “Crum” (July 1832-July 22, 1914). He...

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Beer Birthday: Steve Grossman

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 10:44
Today is the 64th birthday of Steve Grossman, the Beer Ambassador at Sierra Nevada, and co-founder Ken Grossman’s older brother. “Steve grew up in Southern California, where he and his younger brother Ken learned about the art of home brewing. Steve continued to homebrew throughout...

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Patent No. 3895713A: Container Cover Structure

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:34
Today in 1975, US Patent 3895713 A was issued, an invention of Arthur K. Bunnell, assigned to Carling O’Keefe Ltd., for his “Container Cover Structure.” Here’s the Abstract: A container cover structure for a container in which a plurality of items, typically beer bottles, are...

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