On this day in 1790, Dartmouth College was founded by Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, with a royal charter from King George III, on land donated by royal governor John Wentworth. There’s no truth to the rumor that the first kegger on campus took place that evening.
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We begin on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. Last Sunday, frigid temperatures at the Atlanta Falcons-Green Bay Packers game caused beer lines to freeze up and fans to complain.
Brewpubs are opening in Beijing. The first ones were opened by expatriates, but homebrewers and brewing school alumni have stepped in, and are making beer that appeals to local tastes.
According to scientists at the University of Sapporo, beer contains humulone, which is effective in fighting a virus that causes respiratory diseases such as pneumonia. The virus is especially nasty in the winter.
For decades, Guatemala’s dominant beer has been Gallo, from the family-owned Cerveceria Centro Americana. However, a beer war has broken out now that Anheuser-Busch InBev has entered the market.
The NBA’s Utah Jazz have are off to a horrible start this season, but their bear-suited mascot turned in a highlight-film performance against a Houston Rockets fan who poured beer on him.
Germany has asked UNESCO to put the country’s Reinheitsgebot on the intangible cultural heritage list. The German beer purity law celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2016.
Finally, Rajan Zed wants Asheville Brewing Company to find a new name for its flagship beer. Zed contends that “Shiva India Pale Ale” disrespects his Hindu faith. The brewery, which has spent 15 years building the brand, won’t rename it.
It’s been 80 years since the 21st Amendment ended Prohibition and left most liquor regulation up to the states. That’s the good news. The bad news is that many states still have strange laws that govern alcoholic beverages. Author Aaron Goldfarb, writing in Esquire magazine, offers his top ten remnants of Prohibition. You’re undoubtedly familiar with some of them, such Sunday blue laws; dry counties; and ABV caps, which still exist in a few states.
Others are downright weird, such as Pennsylvania’s “case law” (you must buy at least 24 beers at a time), Indiana’s ban on cold beer sales, and bans on Election Day sales in a few states whose politics might drive one to drink. And with Christmas coming up, you should know that in Washington, D.C., it’s illegal to use Santa Claus to promote alcohol.
- Countries represented on this year’s Beer Festival Calendar: 26.
- U.S. states represented on this year’s Beer Festival Calendar: 49 (we’re looking at you, South Dakota).
- U.S. hard cider production in 2012: 690,000 barrels.
- Increase over 2011: 70 percent.
- Hard cider’s share of the U.S. beer market: less than 1 percent.
- Canadians’ annual spending on alcoholic beverages: C$21 billion ($20.1 billion U.S.).
- Beer’s share of that spending: 44 percent.
- Canadian jobs attributable to the beer industry: 163,200.
- Beer industry’s share of all Canadian jobs: 1 percent.
- Change in Belgium’s beer exports from 2002 to 2012: Up 266 percent.
- Change in Belgium’s domestic beer consumption during that period: Down 17 percent.
- Alcoholic content of this year’s edition of Samuel Adams Utopias: 28 percent.
- Suggested retail price of a bottle of Utopias: $199.
- Current annual production of Leinenkugel Summer Shandy: 1 million barrels.
- Summer Shandy production in 1988, when Miller Brewing Company acquired Leinenkugel: 60,000 barrels.
According to Hallmark’s Ultimate Holiday Calendar, today is National Drink Beer Day. You know what to do.
To mark the occasion, Jason English of MentalFloss.com presents 25 amazing facts about beer. Regular readers of this blog are probably familiar with many of them.
On this day in 1944, Smokey the Bear made his debut. He has appeared on radio programs, in comic strips, and in cartoons. The federal government, which owns the rights to Smokey, has collected millions in royalties and used them to educate people about forest fire prevention.
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We begin in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, where booze is a no-no and the young and fashionable are gravitating to alcohol-free beer.
If you missed the Beer Bloggers Conference, New Orleans writer Nora McGunnigle has a full report. She was impressed by the welcome given by local brewers Sam Adams and Harpoon.
The Princeton Review has released its list of top party schools, and the University of Iowa is ranked first, followed by UC Santa Barbara, Illinois, West Virginia, and Syracuse.
The summer has been cold and wet in much of the country, but weather doesn’t fully explain light beer’s drop in popularity. A growing number of drinkers are getting tired of its taste.
Fort Collins, Colorado’s “other” major craft brewery is the Odell Brewing Company. Although it’s the nation’s 33rd-largest, and about to get much bigger, it remains a low-key operation.
The U.S. Postal Service hopes to get badly-needed revenue by shipping beer and other alcoholic beverages. First, Congress has to repeal a 1909 law making it illegal to send booze by mail.
Finally, Martyn Cornell, The Zythophile, serves up five facts about India pale ale you might not have known. Fact number one: a century and a half ago, people drank their IPA ice-cold.
Ludwig ran across an interesting a map of Europe that shows the word for “beer” in the local language. There are, essentially, five basic words: “beer” (Germany, France, Italy, and the Low Countries); “cerveza” (the Iberian peninsula); “ale” (Scandinavia and the Baltics); “pivo” (Russia, central Europe, and the Balkans), and “cerveza” (Iberian peninsula).
However, a number of regions use an entirely different word. One of them is Hungary, where beer is called “sor.” Rome is another. If you want a beer in the Eternal City, ask for a “cervisia.”