Category Archives: History

"Beervana" documentary on OPB

This is interesting: Oregon Public Broadcasting‘s "Oregon Experience" program is debuting a beer history documentary on November 5: "Beervana". Beer brewing has a long, colorful history in Oregon. Today, Portland is known as the beer capital of the world. Oregonians have long been enthusiastic about their beer. In 1852, beer came to the Northwest when Henry Saxer opened the Liberty Brewery at the corner of First and Davis in downtown Portland. Many came in Saxer’s … Continue reading →

That Bronze Age Irish brew…

By now the news about the Bronze Age Irish beer has been seen and commented on (I think Jay’s post is the most extensive), and I really didn’t have anything to add. Well, until now. I’m wondering when Dogfish Head will get around to brewing this beer? Seriously! They already have three historic beers that they brew, doesn’t this just seem like a perfect candidate for a fourth? There’s be some modifications to the basic … Continue reading →

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 →