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Beer In Ads #2049: There’s Only One Favorite

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 22:24
Wednesday’s ad is for Miller High Life, from 1950. In this ad, from the back of a baseball game program, a star player who’s tipping his hat, revealing a buzz cut, is taking a bow while holding four bats. So maybe he’s just warming up and getting ready for his at-bat. I’m...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Frederick Wacker

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 20:09
Today is the birthday of Frederick Wacker (September 30, 1830-July 8, 1884). Wacker was born in Württemberg Germany (though some sources claim he was from Switzerland) and founded the Chicago brewery Wacker & Birk in 1857 with business partner Jacob Birk. Shortly thereafter, Birk left to start...

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Patent No. 20100247276A1: Keg Lifting Device

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 16:01
Today in 2010, US Patent 20100247276 A1 was issued, an invention of Giuseppe Loria, for his “Keg Lifting Device.” Here’s the Abstract: An improved lifting device and associated system for handling a standard beverage keg comprises a rigid support frame formed to partially surround a...

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Beer Birthday: Alan Atha

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 15:14
Today is the 65th birthday of Alan Atha, former co-founder and brewmaster of Baeltane Brewing in the two I most recently loved in, Novato, California. I first met Alan when he was a nanobrewery in planning, and he’s taken the experimental spirit of homebrewing and transitioned beautifully to...

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Patent No. 3469992A: Chill Stability And Foam Adherence Of Beer

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 14:25
Today in 1902, US Patent 3469992 A was issued, an invention of Frede B. Strandskov and Henry L. Ziliotto, assigned to the F&M Schaefer Brewing Co., for their “Chill Stability and Foam Adherence of Beer.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: The...

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Beer Birthday: Jesse Friedman

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 10:37
Today is the birthday of Jesse Friedman, co-founder of Almanac Beer Co.. I first got to know Jesse when he was writing his beer and food blog, Beer & Nosh, but he’s since gone on to partner with Damian Fagan to create “Farm-to-Barrel” beers in 2010. They currently make three...

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Patent No. 710145A: Beer Cooler

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 09:46
Today in 1902, US Patent 710145 A was issued, an invention of John M. Dieterle, for his “Beer Cooler.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: This invention relates to new and useful improvements in beer-coolers, the object of my invention being to...

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Beer In Ads #2048: Opinions Differ …

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 22:45
Wednesday’s ad is for Miller High Life, from 1948. In this ad, from the back of a baseball game program, two players are arguing while an umpire. It’s to say exactly what’s going on since the catcher appears to holding the bat. How, or why, he took it from the batter is...

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Patent No. 2906624A: Apparatus And Method For Extracting Air From Beverages

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 14:11
Today in 1959, US Patent 2906624 A was issued, an invention of Pincus Deren, assigned to Pabst Brewing Co., for his “Apparatus and Method for Extracting Air from Beverages.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: The present invention consists in the...

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Beer, Diapers and Correlation

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 12:07
This is only marginally about beer, but since I’m often reading over data, statistics and scientific reports, notions of causation and correlation have become a subject of great interest. This is a Slideshare by Mark Madson, a research analyst with Third Nature in Portland, Oregon. Apparently...

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Patent No. 460291A: Apparatus For Heating And Pitching Barrels

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 08:53
Today in 1891, US Patent 460291 A was issued, an invention of Friedeich Jung, for his “Apparatus for Heating and Pitching Barrels.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: The object of my invention, as described below, is to burn out beer-barrels with...

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Beer In Ads #2047: There’s No Arguing About ….

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 22:55
Wednesday’s ad is for Miller High Life, from 1944. In this ad, from the back of a baseball game program, a batter is arguing with two umpires. I’m sure he’s not going to get anywhere, since “There’s No Arguing About ….” it. The post Beer In Ads #2047:...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Frederick Schaefer

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 15:50
Today is the birthday of Frederick Schaefer (September 28, 1817-May 20, 1897). Frederick is the “F” in F&M Schaefer Brewing Co., founding it with his brother Maximilian in 1842. He was born in Wetzlar, which is part of Hesse, in what today is Germany. He arrived in New York in...

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Patent No. 5248062A: Beer Keg Tap Apparatus

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 08:54
Today in 1993, US Patent 5248062 A was issued, an invention of Vincent G. Hillard, for his “Beer Keg Tap Apparatus.” Here’s the Abstract: A tap member is arranged with a threaded lid directed into engagement with an upper end of the tap structure configured as a cylindrical housing,...

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Beer In Ads #2046: A Sure Hit

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 23:36
Tuesday’s ad is for Miller High Life, from 1942. In this ad, from the back of a baseball game program, a player swings, and it doesn’t matter if he makes contact. Either way, he gets beer since it’s a sure hit. I figured with just a few more games before the end of the season,...

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Historic Beer Birthday: C.L. Centlivre

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 22:25
Today is the birthday of C.L. Centlivre (September 27, 1827-January 13, 1894). Centlivre was born in France, and settle in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he founded the C.L. Centlivre Brewing Company with his brother, Frank. It was also known as the French Brewery and much later as the Old Crown...

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Patent No. 4406301A: Keg-Tapping Structure

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 21:29
Today in 1983, US Patent 4406301 A was issued, an invention of Vincent J. Cerrato, for his “Keg-Tapping Structure.” Here’s the Abstract: The invention contemplates removable structure to facilitate keg-tapping, and pressurized dispensing of liquid contents of the keg. A so-called Barnes...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Conrad Seipp

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 20:26
Today is the birthday of Conrad Seipp (September 27, 1825-January 28, 1890). Conrad Seipp immigrated to the United States from Hessen, Germany, in the 1840s. After moving to Chicago, he drove a beer wagon for Miller Brothers brewery. Eventually he started his own brewery. By the turn of the...

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Patent No. D510083S1: Beer Bottle-Like Musical Speaker

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 18:31
Today in 2005, US Patent D510083 S1 was issued, an invention of Kenneth L. Kasden, for his “Beer Bottle-Like Musical Speaker.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims: The ornamental design for a beer bottle-like musical speaker, as shown and...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Eberhard Anheuser

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 16:26
Today is the birthday of Eberhard Anheuser (September 27, 1806-May 2, 1880). He “was a German American soap and candle maker, as well as the father-in-law of Adolphus Busch, the founder of the Anheuser-Busch Company. Anheuser grew up in Kreuznach, where his parents operated a vineyard that...

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