Category Archives: History

5,000-year-old Chinese brewery, and beer recipe

I’m a bit behind blogging about this, but I thought it was pretty interesting: evidence of a 5,000 year old brewery was recently uncovered in China. What seems to be significant about this find is that barley had not been known to be in China this early; researchers suggest the possibility of barley arriving with the knowledge of its use in brewing, which could have interesting implications. Archaeologists uncovered ancient “beer-making tool kits” in underground rooms … Continue reading →

30 years of McMenamins beer

This Sunday, October 25th, is the 30th anniversary of the first brew that took place at McMenamins’ Hillsdale Public House—not just the first beer brewed by McMenamins, in fact it was the first beer brewed at the first modern, post-Prohibition brewpub in Oregon. That original beer had humble—very humble—beginnings, brewed with liquid malt extract (which McMenamins purchased in 50-gallon barrels from California) on a small, cobbled-together system stuffed into the back of the Hillsdale kitchen. … Continue reading →

Celebrate 30 years of the Brewpub Bill today with McMenamins

This year Oregon celebrates 30 years of the Brewpub Bill, the law that legalized the on-premise serving of beer by breweries which paved the way for the brewpub. That little one line sentence doesn’t really do justice to the history behind the bill, which was passed on June 17, 1985 and signed by governer Vic Atiyeh on July 13, but you can read the full story in Pete Dunlop’s book, Portland Beer, as well as a … Continue reading →

The Session #100: Resurrecting Lost Beer Styles

This first Friday of June 2015 marks the 100th edition of The Session. 100! That’s quite a milestone for having a group of bloggers (many of which have changed over the years, naturally) collaborate each month with their own take on a particular topic. And for number 100 we have a neat theme. Reuben Gray of The Tale of the Ale has the honor of hosting this month, and he’s wanting us to think about … Continue reading →

Bend’s High Desert Museum exhibit: Brewing Culture: The Craft of Beer

Chalk up another mark as to why Bend and Central Oregon’s beer culture is great: the High Desert Museum has a new exhibit opening this weekend—Brewing Culture: The Craft of Beer, which will be open for 19 weeks through Memorial Day. Oregonians love their stouts, ales and IPAs, and no Oregon town has more brewpubs per capita than Bend. So it’s only natural that Bend’s landmark museum would create a popular exhibit about the craft of … Continue reading →