A little Prohibition history

In keeping with my apparent trend in pointing to historical beer items, I thought this anecdotal bit of history about the Fesenmeier Brewing Comany was interesting. (Though it died as a result of Prohibition.) Sons of the German Fesenmeier family, which had started a brewing beer in the Cumberland, Md., … Continue reading

Ancient Egyptian beer

Interesting article: Ancient Egyptian Alcohol, with a large section on the beer of Ancient Egypt. Beer was depicted on the walls of the tombs, as were scenes of the ancient Egyptian brewery. It was probably very similar to the way beer is still produced in Sudan today. Traditionally, beer was … Continue reading

The Pilgrims landed for beer

A little post-holiday-yet-Thanksgiving-related beer history: American History Shaped by Colonial Beer Run. The Pilgrims landed where they did (Plymouth Rock), which by the whims of history gave us the tradition and holiday of Thanksgiving, because they needed beer.

Thanksgiving beers

Slashfood beat me to the punch and points to a BeerAdvocate article on Thanksgiving beer pairings. Hors d’oeuvre HourKick things up a notch with a moderate level of hops. The hoppy characters in Pale Ales will pair nicely with salads, a slew of cheese varieties, fruits, and many hors d’oeuvres, … Continue reading

Pfiff! on Samichlaus

Pfiff! has a fun post on one of the strongest of beers, Samichlaus. Unlike most beers that strive for this level of strength, Hürlimann’s crown jewel is not highly hopped, resulting in a brew that (when drank young) is seriously sweet, rich, and chewy, to the point where you wouldn’t … Continue reading

The Brew Site is a source for Topix.net news

This is very cool: this site is being used as a news source for Topix.net, a news aggregator site that pulls news from sources all over the web—and just added blogs recently as a source. I saw my Stone Age Beer article show up on the Topix.net Beer News page … Continue reading

Medieval Ale

The last several posts have taken an historical theme, so I thought I’d throw in another: Binge-drinking an age-old problem (via A Good Beer Blog). Experts have uncovered evidence that 12th century Londoners drank ale by the gallon, starting at breakfast time, due to poor quality drinking water…. Looking back … Continue reading

Stone Age Beer (from Discover)

November’s issue of Discover Magazine has an article titled "Stone Age Beer" (unfortunately, the full article is only available to subscribers) about Dogfish Head Brewery‘s attempt at brewing a 9,000 year-old beer from China. (Other articles are here and here.) It’s a pretty interesting story, beer brewed with rice, grapes, … Continue reading

Corny keg setup

One of the things on my list to do someday with homebrew is kegging. Several years ago, I picked up a cornelius keg, CO2 tank and the necessary hoses and regulator from a garage sale, and as near as I can tell it’s all in usable condition. I’d simply have … Continue reading

Pre-Columbian brewery

Picked this article up off the wire: Brewery offers glimpse at pre-Columbian civilizations along Andes. Pretty interesting stuff, concerning an early American brewery circa 600 BC. The brewery serviced the earliest known diplomatic embassy in the Americas, a palace complex atop a steep-sided mesa in southern Peru built by the … Continue reading