On this day in 1819, Walt Whitman was born on Long Island. He is best known for his epic poem, Leaves of Grass, which he published with his own money in 1855. Whitman, who had strong political views, originally supported the temperance movement, but came to enjoy wine and Champagne later in life. Too bad craft beer hadn’t been invented yet.
And now….The Mash!
We begin in Germany, where brewers are worried that extracting natural gas by “fracking” threatens the purity of the water they use to make beer.
This summer, Rachel Dean of Cincinnati will be offering guided tours of her hometown’s microbreweries. Her tours will also include tasting and sensory education.
Philly Beer Week kicks off this evening, and SeriousEats.com has ten places to drink beer in the City of Brotherly Love.
After two years of delays, the 1990s boy band Hanson finally has its own beer. It’s called–what else?–Mmmhops, and it makes a cameo appearance in the film Hangover 3.
Fat Head’s Brewery, which has gained national acclaim, will build a brewpub in Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District. It will sell local micro products as well as its own beers.
A clever German, who apparently had a lot of time on his hands, has invented a device that can open 24 beer bottles at once.
Finally, ESPN’s DJ Gallo has a remedy for the less-than-hygenic conditions found in ballparks: drink beer, which might contain enough alcohol to kill those nasty bacilli.
Forty-two years ago today, the NASDAQ stock exchange was founded by the National Association of Securities Dealers. Once the home of lowly over-the-counter stocks, it’s now the exchange where companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft are traded.
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We begin in Britain, where health officials would like the beverage industry to disclose the number of calories in their products. They hope that people will drink less to avoid getting fat.
Add the Morrow Royal Pavilion in Henderson, Nevada, to your list of beer landmarks to visit. It’s made from recycled beer and liquor bottles–more than half a million of them.
The latest environmentally-friendly innovation is The Crafty Carton, a paper growler that holds one quart of beer and, according to Foodbeast.com, is suitable for origami.
Here’s a beer pairing we’ve never seen before. Dr. Greg Zeschuk, a video game industry veteran and craft beer aficionado, chooses the right beer style for the genre of game you’re playing.
World of Beer, which serves craft beer in a tavern-like setting, could be coming to your town. The chain has 36 locations in 11 states, and company CEO Paul Avery wants to take it nationwide.
Glyn Roberts, The Rabid Barfly, unleashes a rant about people who decide to go on the wagon during January, which is the quietest time of the year for British pubs.
We’ve run across plenty of stories about breweries that send their spent grain to local farmers, who in turn feed it to contented cows. The Alaskan Brewing Company isn’t one of them. There aren’t many farmers in the state; and because Juneau is inaccessible by road, the cost of shipping the grain out of state is prohibitive.
What Alaskan Brewing did instead was send the spent grain to itself. It landed a $500,000 grant from the federal Rural Energy for America Program, then contracted with a North Dakota company to build a steam boiler system that uses the spent grain as fuel for an energy recovery system. The brewery estimates that the new boiler will cut its yearly energy costs by 70 percent–a not inconsiderable $450,000 a year.
Winter is here! The southern solstice occurred at 11:12 am Greenwich Mean Time. Both ancient and modern cultures have marked the first day of winter, and the lengthening days that follow it, with rituals and celebrations–and the liberal consumption of beer.
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We begin in Nashville, where country singer Thomas Rhett has stirred up a hornets’ nest with his new single, “Beer With Jesus.” It stands at number 21 on the country charts.
The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal will hear a complaint against Earls Restaurants, which serve Albino Rhino beer. Earls says the name is derived from an animal, not people suffering from albinism.
Why did St. Sixtus monastery allow Westvleteren 12 to be sold in the United States? The monastery needed a new roof, and the monks knew American beer geeks would pay big bucks for their ale.
One of the beer world’s trends of 2012 is nanobreweries. These pint-sized breweries (pun intended) require less than $100,000 to start, and their product serves as “a liquid business card.”
From the Odd Couple Department: in La Crosse, Wisconsin, City Brewery is turning biogas into electric power, then sending some of it to Gundersen Lutheran Health System, which is aiming to achieve energy independence.
Ever have problems transporting multiple growlers? Now there’s a solution: Growler on Board, which not only holds three growlers, but also keeps them from bumping into one another.
Finally, the Brewers Association’s definition of “craft brewery” didn’t sit well with the August Schell Brewing Company. The 152-year-old brewery blasted the BA for excluding it because its grain bill includes a small amount of corn.
This just in: Ludwig wants you to know that he’s going on vacation for the Christmas holidays. The lion limo will arrive Sunday, and he doesn’t expect to get back until after New Year’s. In the meantime, keep quaffing those holiday ales.
The establishment where Maryanne and Paul most often have a beer is the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It’s close enough for an after-work pint or a growler fill on the way home from Saturday shopping. The couple who own the brewery, Matt and Rene Greff, are good folks, outstanding members of the community, and turn out consistently good beer.
We’d like to raise a glass to the Greffs, who recently completed a $250,000 Green Brewery Project. It included solar-thermal, photovoltaic, and geo-thermal technologies along with other improvements such as new windows, awnings, and energy-efficient chiller equipment. The new equipment will cut the brewery’s energy bills in half, and allow it to step up its production to satisfy demand–including ours.
On this day in 1152, King Henry II of England married Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of medieval Europe’s most powerful women. Their turbulent marriage was the subject of James Goldman’s play The Lion in Winter, which was made into a film starring Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn in 1968.
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We begin in Finland, where scientists are trying to re-create a beer brewed in the 1840s. Bacteria from the golden-colored beer were found in a ship that went to the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
New Zealander Katrina Hayman won’t apologize for drinking beer backstage at a Bride of the Year competition. She says the controversy never would have happened had she sipped wine instead.
In Grand Rapids, Michigan, a group of homebrewers in the area have formed The High Five Co-op Brewery. Now comes the hard part: navigating the legal and administrative hurdles.
Author Rob Kasper takes us back half a century and explains how brought major league baseball to Baltimore. The Lone Ranger’s silver bullet plays a role in this fascinating story.
In 1963, brewer Alfred Heineken and architect John Habraken designed a house made of Heineken bottles. They used “World of Beer” bottles, which lent themselves to construction.
On his Pencil and Spoon blog, Matt Dredge wonders whether it is possible to pair hoppy beers and hot and spicy foods.
Finally, Burnside Brewing Company apologized for giving the name “Kali-ma” to an ale flavored with Indian spices and hot peppers. Kali, a four-armed goddess, is revered by Hindus.
On this day in 1768, Captain James Cook of the Endeavour sailed from England on the first of his three voyages into the Pacific. Cook is famous for his map-making skills and courage in exploring dangerous locations. Even though the captain wasn’t a drinking man, we’re raising a glass in his honor.
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We begin in an unlikely locale–namely, Utah, where an annual beer festival takes place despite the state’s legendary alcohol restrictions.
Go green! Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewing Company is building the city’s largest private commercial solar installation.
If you’ve got tickets for Super Bowl XLVI, the Indianapolis Star’s Michelle Pemberton knows where to find good beer once you arrive in Indy.
Think your state’s beer distribution laws are bad? In Canada, even distributing beer across provincial lines is a real pain. That’s a particular problem for small breweries.
Is American ingenuity dead? Joe Sixpack begs to differ. A recent column details oddball beer-related inventions submitted to the U.S. Patent Office.
Molson Coors’s new pink beer for women inspired a righteous rant from Toronto Globe and Mail columnist Katrina Onstad.
Finally, we have good news and bad news for marathon runners. Beer is an excellent recovery beverage, but it’s effective only when it’s non-alcoholic.
On this day in 1374, one of the first outbreaks of St. John’s Dance swept what is now Aachen, Germany. Victims experienced hallucinations and began to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion. Manic dancing is said to have killed thousands over the span of several centuries. Moral of the story? Avoid dancing. Drink beer instead.
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We begin in St. Petersburg, Russia, where Pete Brown arrived after sailing from England to Russia aboard a ship carrying imperial stout. Brown made the trip to rekindle interest in the style.
Paul O’Connor of the Winston-Salem Journal has good news for travelers. He discovered that the Great American Beer Desert–that vast area west of Asheville, North Carolina–is shrinking
Last August, Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company flipped the switch ona 228-kilowatt photovoltaic system, which means that the Sun will produce 60 percent of the electricity for the brewery and pub.
Charles Kenny, writing in Foreign Policy magazine, offers a politically incorrect argument: “beer in particular, and the beer industry that surrounds it, may be as good for growth as excess sobriety.”
Martyn Cornell describes, in hilarious detail, the worst beers he’s ever tasted. As bonus picks, he adds a couple of American beers from the 1990s that, he says, were not just bad but stupid to boot.
Another reason to enjoy a beer at the ballpark: your beer cup might attract a foul ball. Hey, it happened to a gentleman at Fenway Park the other night.
Finally, a pop quiz.
Q. Where is the world’s largest pub?
A. Brisbane, Australia. The historic Eatons Hill Hotel has been upgraded (at the cost of A$30 million), and has a capacity of 7,500. The hotel also has 100 tap handles, so you’ll have no problem avoiding dancing.
On this day in 1692, Bridget Bishop became the first of 19 people to be executed during the Salem Witch Trials. The trials live on as an example of mass hysteria–and in pints of Witch City Red, served at Beerworks in modern-day Salem.
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The British newspaper The Independent has come out with a list of the ten best bottled beers. Some of them may surprise you.
The Leinenkugel Brewing Company has come to the aid of the Chicago River which, because of heavy pollution, ranks fourth on the list of the nation’s most endangered rivers.
Couldn’t make it to this year’s edition of SAVOR? Kevin, who blogs at BrewingSomeFun.com, has a rundown.
The Labatt Brewing Company has donated a treasure trove of items, some of which pre-date Confederation to the University of Western Ontario and Museum London.
James Clee of Swansea, Wales, has been named an official beer taster by Anheuser-Busch. He’ll collect 10,000 for six day’s work tasting A-B’s new product, Brew No. 66.
If you’re going to Oktoberfest this fall, you’re going to pay more for beer. The average one-liter mug will cost nine euros ($13.15), almost half a euro more than it did last year.
It wasn’t your imagination. This past winter was unusually harsh, with many American cities experiencing record snow totals. But relief, in the form of summertime beer, is on its way to them. Boston Beer Company has teamed up with AccuWeather for a special promotion of Samuel Adams Summer Ale. AccuWeather has identified the ten American cities that suffered the worst snowfall, and is offering each of them enough Summer Ale to hold a party at their town hall.
Heading the list of snowbound cities is Columbia, Missouri, which received a whopping 346 percent of the normal amount of the white stuff last winter. New York City (221 percent of normal), Philadelphia (218 percent), and Boston (192 percent) are in the top ten, along with such unlikely locales as Paducah, Kentucky (271 percent), and Tulsa (256 percent).