Category Archives: History

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 →

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 →