Category Archives: History

In-depth history of the Rainier Beer commercials

About a year ago I pointed to the classic motorcycle Rainier Beer commercial on YouTube (found by Jeff) and wondered a bit about some of the other Rainier commercials. Today, I got an email from Ed Leimbacher (blog), who, it turns out, was key in the development of those: For a dozen years from 1973 to 1985, I was the official writer-producer for all the Rainier Beer ads released during that stretch of time—each year … Continue reading →

History of Brewing on History Channel

We caught a re-run of the History Channel‘s Modern Marvels series on Brewing, and I have to say, it was pretty good. They covered the history of beer and brewing pretty decently in an hour’s time, and were pretty fair overall. And I do mean history—from brewing’s earliest known origins in the Sumerian civilization, through Egypt, pre-historic Europe and on up through the ages. Most interesting to me was some of the people they interviewed … Continue reading →

The end of Prohibition: Repeal Day

It was on December 5th, 1933, 73 years ago today when the 21st Amendment was ratified and Prohibition was abolished in the United States. Here’s an interesting notion: the Belmont Station blog points to this blog post which advocates making December 5th a holiday celebrating the repeal of Prohibition, called (appropriately enough) Repeal Day. I can get behind that. It would simply be a St. Patrick’s Day or Cinco de Mayo-type of holiday, only celebrating … Continue reading →

The Brewmaster’s Castle

Caught this article on CNN about the Brewmaster’s Castle in danger of being sold. The mansion was built in 1894 by Christian Heurich, the premier Washington, D.C. brewery at the turn of the 20th century, and today is a public museum. There’s another article about it here at Bella Online. As interesting as the mansion itself is, I did a search for more information about Heurich and his brewery. Found an interesting page on the … Continue reading →

Poor Richard’s Ale

Poor Richard’s Ale—this is the one I mentioned the other day that I’d blog about. It’s not a beer being served up by any one brewery—and actually, the idea behind this is, I think, pretty neat. January 17th is the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth, and to commemorate the event, Tony Simmons of Brick Oven Brewing (ostensibly now Pagosa Spring Brewing) has developed a recipe that he believes approximates the favorite type of colonial … Continue reading →