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Session 101: Bottles, Caps and Other Beer Detritus

It's the first bit of the month. Session time. Our host this month asks us to consider this: For this month's The Session theme, I'm asking contributors to share their thoughts on these things, the tangential items to our obsession.Show More Summary

Ale Tunners And Tunner's Ale in 1500s Leicester

People don't give municipal records the respect they deserve. Where the rubber hits the road, that's what a municipality is. Consider this from the Records of the Borough of Leicester Being a Series of Extracts from the Archives of the...Show More Summary

Ontario: Skeleton Park Session Ale, Stone City Ales

Minimalism. I like this sort of labeling. It's all I really need to know. Even if the Skeleton Park thing seems to be some sort of out of season Halloween branding. It's actually the name of a district here in Kingston with its own claim to a particular corner of our a rich history. Show More Summary

Tom And Bob Drink With Coal Porters In Masquerade

A break from the maps... yet more of the rats' warren of Georgian information online. I have no idea what I am going to do with it. Seems a bit of a waste. But then you find this, Real Life In London, Volumes I and II by one Pierce Egan. Show More Summary

The Sun, Crown and Three Arrow Brewhouses, Golden Lane

I didn't expect this. Another brewery across the street. According to the folks selling a copy of the image, the map is likely originally from 1811. It shows a bit of Golden Lane on its side. Left is north and right is... OK, you don't need being told that. Show More Summary

Trials Of Ale House Crime In Cripplesgate Without

Like so many of the digitized records related to beer and brewing through the internet available to us now, Old Bailey Proceedings Online is a fabulous resource. One of the great levelers of the beery discourse is going to be more and more access to open records so that we won't be subject to the great man theory of beer too much longer. Show More Summary

Which Story Better Reflects The New Beer Stupid?

There is nothing to write about... again. So, facing that, tell me what is the stupider story about beer: "A Treehouse Retreat, With Nonstop Beer"; or "Carlsberg Is Launching a Line of Men's Grooming Products, All Made With Beer"? IShow More Summary

The Hillars Of Golden Lane, Cripplesgate Without

Up there, that is a detail from the Agas map, a wood cut map of London from 1561. In the upper right you will see Golding Lane. If you were cleverer than I am you would have noticed that in the last couple of weeks I mentioned Golding Lane twice. Show More Summary

More References To That Shadowy Taunton Ale

Attentive readers will recall that I have a slow side project in figuring out what I can about Taunton ale. It was a bit of a by-catch to the whole Albany ale thing with references to it showing up in central New York around the time of the American Revolution. Show More Summary

Legal Customs And Three Sorts Of Brewing Cases

More law. And why not? Beer is largely a function of law being a rich source of revenue for the crowd and a rich source of discord within the community. And with 178 volumes of case reports in the English Reports covering the years from 1220 to 1866, there's likely years' worth of content to be examined. Show More Summary

Session 100: Resurrecting Lost Beer Styles... Maybe...

At the outset of his ruling in the 1842 case, Lockwood v. The Attorney-General, Chief Justice Denman stated: The words of the act are: “No retailer or retailers of beer shall receive or take into, or have in his, her, or their custody...Show More Summary

The British Ale Brewery, A Joint Stock Company In 1807

In 1807, a correspondent who went by the name "The Plain Dealer" wrote a letter to the editor of The Morning Chronicle on the topic of joint stock companies: SINCE my last letter a number of new projects have been announced to the public, and some of them of great magnitude…. Show More Summary

The Law Of English Innkeeping In The 1700s

Again with the English Reports. In the 1700s, there is a subject heading for "Inns and Inn-Keepers". The law of what made an inn an inn was quite particular, in its way as distinct a topic as criminal law or contracts. An English inn in the 1600s and 1700s was not a place for locals. Show More Summary

Three 1700s English Court Cases About Hops

Have you even noticed I particularly like beer related stuff from before 1800. Have you noticed I like beer related stuff related to the law? Imagine then my joy when I came across a searchable database for the English Reports, the law reports series from the Magna Carta in 1215 to the Judicature Act of the 1870s... Show More Summary

Twelve Years Spent A-Writing About Beer

You can see it in the archives. The first post about beer I posted on the blogs was hoisted and foisted on May 23, 2003. Originally posted on my general blog before the schism of October 2004, the post was about the books on the shelf. Show More Summary

Massachusetts: Meadowlark IPA, Pretty Things

Ah, the upper corner of the stash. Up by the lightbulb. The perfect setting for an artistic moment. It's like my studio. And, like Mr Chimp Head, a family favourite. You value things like that after all these years. Cherish them. Well, without maybe the cobwebs. Show More Summary

Unlike Most Gimmicks Fog-Based Beer Is Real

I like the gimmick that are also based on something actual, a rare sight in the craft beer scene these days. Stuff like when thirty years ago I had a beer from the Falklands. And it really was. Fog based beer is apparently real as well:...Show More Summary

Photo Gallery: The 1780 Challenge, Middleburgh, NY

I made the five and a half hour drive from my home in Ontario down to Middleburgh NY yesterday. When we dipped down into the narrow valley cresting on Hwy 145, it was pretty obvious how the Loyalist raid of 1780 would have played out. Show More Summary

Hey! What Is “The 1780 Beer Challenge” Anyway?

I am heading down south this Saturday despite the 83 cent Canadian dollar. Yes, this event is so compelling that I am willing to buy US dollars at a 20% premium to attend it. What is “The 1780 Beer Challenge”? Here is how Craig described it in the press release: The Albany Ale Project, Green Wolf Brewing Co., and MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co. Show More Summary

Thoughts On The Introduction To The Anthology

Maybe I am a morning person after all. Again, I am up, wanting to write. The niggling thought in my head about how too much beer writing is sadly like what's found in the auto section, to quote a newspaper editor I know. I was thinking about this as well as the wee hidden essay I found in the e-book... Show More Summary

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