French Beer Week: Historic mishmash

There’s not much more to this post than an excuse to quote Randy Mosher from Radical Brewing, on the subject of French historical beers. France is generally sniffed at by the real brewing countries, and indeed its glory has always rested on wine, not beer. I guess the scorn is … Continue reading

Beer Wars is playing this Thursday

The Beer Wars movie (I mentioned it previously here) is debuting this week in its one-night-only showing, on Thursday, April 16th. Remember, it’s the insider’s view of the U.S. beer industry and online buzz I’ve been seeing about it seems promising. In Central Oregon, it will be playing at the … Continue reading

The Session #15: How it all started

First Friday of the month means it’s time for The Session! That’s when (beer) bloggers across the web all write about a selected theme having to do with beer. This month’s topic comes to us from London-based Boak and Bailey: How did it all start for you? Continuing the “Beervangelism” … Continue reading

"Beer is Back": The return of Legal Beer

Today’s the day—New Beer’s Eve, Legal Beer Day, however you’d like to call it—when Congress modified the Volstead Act to allow 3.2% alcohol beer legal as a precursor to the full Repeal of Prohibition later in the year. Shortly before the beer began pouring at 12:01 a.m. on the morning … Continue reading

New Beer’s Eve

The eve of Legal Beer Day! Or 3.2 Day…or New Beer’s Eve as Bob notes in this comment. (I kind of like "Legal Beer Day" for the 7th, and maybe "New Beer’s Eve" for the 6th…) Anyway, some more tidbits I kind of like from the Anheuser-Busch stuff. First, I … Continue reading

"Beer is Back" Prohibition products

Going through the press kit that Anheuser-Busch sent me for their "Beer is Back" campaign, I find the products that A-B produced during the Prohibition years fascinating. The main reference I have for these from the kit is imagery; what follows are some examples. Along with non-alcohol Budweiser (think "near … Continue reading

"Beer is Back"; counting down to April 7

April 7th is the anniversary of the modification of the Volstead Act, where beer was made legal again after 14 long years of National Prohibition. Well, legal up to a point: up to 3.2% alcohol by weight, to be exact. (That’s 4% by volume.) Not only that, but this year … Continue reading

Canned Beer Week: More from Bob Skilnik

More from Bob Skilnik: One more thing to help give you more perspective on the origins of canned beer from my latest book, Beer & Food: An American History; Packaged Beer On January 24, 1935, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company in Newark, New Jersey introduced the so-called "Keglined" can. This … Continue reading

Canned Beer Week: A gem from Bob Skilnik

In the comments to the "Links" post yesterday, author and beer historian Bob Skilnik left a gem of a comment (actually, he was expanding on a previous comment): I’m all for the canning of beer, for all the reasons canning came about in 1935, portability, stackability, cools down faster, lighter … Continue reading

Pueblo Indian corn beer

Jeffrey at Wort’s Going On Here? posted a link to this article on FOXNews.com: Study: Pueblo Indians Brewed Beer From Corn 800 Years Ago. It seems familiar but it’s pretty recent (the earliest reference I can find to it is from December 6th here). The gist is that it appears … Continue reading