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Beer Birthday: Jeff Alworth

8 hours 14 min ago
Today is the 50th birthday — the Big 5-O — of Jeff Alworth, blogger extraordinaire at Beervana. Despite annual trips to Portland, three years ago was the first time Jeff and I met, although we’d been corresponding with one another for many years. We sat down for a pint or three at one of my...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Samuel Whitbread II

8 hours 53 min ago
Today is the birthday of Samuel Whitbread II (January 18, 1764-July 6, 1815). Despite being the son of Whitbread Brewery founder Samuel Whitbread, he is most remember for being a politician. According to Wikipedia: Whitbread was born in Cardington, Bedfordshire, the son of the brewer Samuel...

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Beer Birthday: Jamie Emmerson

10 hours 49 min ago
Today is the 55th birthday of Jamie Emmerson, one of the founders, and the original brewmaster, of Full Sail Brewing. Now the Executive Brewmaster, Jamie steers the ship of Full Sail along with his wife and co-founder Irene. Jamie is a terrific person and active promoter of craft beer and the local...

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Beer In Ads #2524: My Beer Is Rheingold Says Robert Cummings

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 22:51
Wednesday’s ad is for Rheingold, from 1953. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Rheingold recruited a number of prominent celebrities to do ads for them, all using the tagline: “My beer is Rheingold — the Dry beer!” In this ad, American film and television actor Robert Cummings,...

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Beer Birthday: Jeff Mendel

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:57
Today is the 57th birthday of Jeff Mendel, who’s currently with Left Hand Brewing out of Longmont, Colorado. I first met Jeff in Denver when he was one of the founders of Tabernash Brewing, who made on the best wheat beers I’d ever tasted outside of Germany. In 1998, Tabernash merged...

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Beer In Ads #2523: My Beer Is Rheingold Says Arlene Dahl

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 22:54
Tuesday’s ad is for Rheingold, from 1953. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Rheingold recruited a number of prominent celebrities to do ads for them, all using the tagline: “My beer is Rheingold — the Dry beer!” In this ad, American actress (and mother of Lorenzo Lamas) Arlene...

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Historic Beer Birthday: M.K. Goetz

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:30
Today is the birthday of Michael Karl Goetz (January 16, 1833-August 11, 1901), who was born in Ingenheim, Alsace, in what today is Germany. He founded the M. K. Goetz & Co. in 1859, which was located at 603 Albemarle Street (at 6th Street), in St. Joseph, Missouri. It was later known as...

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Beer Birthday: Michelle Wang

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:05
Today is the birthday of Michelle Wang, who is the editor of the only craft beer magazine I know of published in China, Hops Magazine. We had a chance to meet a few years ago during a press junket to Antwerp that we both attended, along with some other beer journalists, and our paths have...

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Historic Beer Birthday: John Stanton

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:36
Today is the birthday of John Stanton (January 16, 1832-April 23, 1917). He was born in Ireland, County Cork, but came to American as a teen. In 1866, Stanton and a partner, James Daley bought the Abraham Nash Brewery of Troy, New York, which had been founded in 1817. They renamed it the Daley...

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Beer In Ads #2522: My Beer Is Rheingold Says Hoagy Carmichael

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 23:00
Monday’s ad is for Rheingold, from 1948 and 1958. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Rheingold recruited a number of prominent celebrities to do ads for them, all using the tagline: “My beer is Rheingold — the Dry beer!” In this first ad from 1958, American composer, pianist,...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Frank Ibert

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:00
Today is the birthday of Frank Ibert (January 15, 1859-January 15, 1911). He was born in Brooklyn, New York. His first brewery, founded in 1880, was the Joseph Eppig & Frank Ibert Brewery in Brooklyn. The following year, he left the brewery to his partner, allowing himself to be bought out,...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Anthony Durkin

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:07
Today is not the birthday of Anthony Durkin (1831-January 15, 1868), but instead the day he died in 1868. Before the mid-1800s, record-keeping was spotty at best and only the well-heeled and royal consistently kept birth records. Durkin was born in Ireland, in County Mayo. He made his way to San...

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Beer Birthday: Jaime Jurado

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:10
Today is the birthday of Jaime Jurado, who for many years was the Director of Brewing Operations for the Gambrinus Company, which included several beer brands and breweries, such as Shiner, BridgePort, Pete’s Wicked and Trumer. A couple of years ago, he moved to Pennsylvania, where he was the...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Joseph Junk

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:03
Today is the birthday of German-born Joseph Junk (January 15, 1841-1887) who emigrated to the U.S. in 1868, and in 1883 opened the eponymous Joseph Junk Brewery in Chicago, Illinois. Unfortunately, he died just a few years later, in 1887, and his widow, Magdalena Junk, took over management of the...

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Beer In Ads #2521: My Beer Is Rheingold Says Dorothy Lamour

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 22:24
Sunday’s ad is for Rheingold, from 1948. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Rheingold recruited a number of prominent celebrities to do ads for them, all using the tagline: “My beer is Rheingold — the Dry beer!” In this ad, American actress and singer Dorothy Lamour, lists off her...

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Beer In Ads #2520: My Beer Is Rheingold Says Franchot Tone

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 22:56
Friday’s ad is for Rheingold, from 1948. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Rheingold recruited a number of prominent celebrities to do ads for them, all using the tagline: “My beer is Rheingold — the Dry beer!” In this ad, American stage, film, and television actor Franchot Tone,...

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Rubber Duckie Day

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 19:28
Today is “Rubber Duckie Day” so designated because today in 1970 marked the first appearance of Ernie’s now-famous rubber duckie on Sesame Street. So while I was watching the Eagles manage to hold off the Falcons, I did a little search for rubber duckies drinking beer. I actually...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Henry Shlaudeman

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 10:02
Today is the birthday of Henry Shlaudeman (January 13, 1834-February 24, 1923), who founded what would become the Decatur Brewing Co., in Decatur, Illinois. Shlaudeman was born in Wildeshausen, Grossherzogtum Oldenburg, in what today is part of Germany. He emigrated to America in 1846. After a...

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Beer In Ads #2519: My Beer Is Rheingold Says Dorothy Malone

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 23:17
Friday’s ad is for Rheingold, from 1948. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Rheingold recruited a number of prominent celebrities to do ads for them, all using the tagline: “My beer is Rheingold — the Dry beer!” In this ad, American actress Dorothy Malone, offers that if you...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Adolph Coors III

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:22
Today is also the birthday of Adolph Coors III (January 12, 1916-February 9, 1960). He was Chairman of the Board of Coors Brewing Co. and the grandson of founder Adolph Coors. Adolph Coors III in the late 1950s. Adolph Coors III also has a short Wikipedia page: Coors was born on January 12, 1916,...

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