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Massachusetts: Spencer, St. Joseph's Abbey

Long time reader Brian was good enough to deliver this to me after having driven west for the 1780 Challenge back in May. The beer is brewed by the monastic community at Spencer, Massachusetts. Fortunately, they are a fairly prudent bunch as their beer comes in at just 6.5%. Show More Summary

Beautica Club... Beautility Beer...

Ah, Utica Club. Craig brought Utica Club. He brought a few other beers. Beers that even came in caged cork topped bottles. But he brought Utica Club. It's a funny beer. An old school macro lager made by a regional craft brewery. Is it hidden craft? Faux macro? Whatever it is, it's five bucks for three litres at central NY gas stations. Show More Summary

Why is Budweiser mocking craft beer? Why Not?

One of the things folk will look back on the 2007-2016-ish era of craft beer as a dominant form of branding will be its excruciating preciousness. Consider this silly article from Fortune magazine, itself one of the silliest places to...Show More Summary

Clowes, Newbury and Maddox, Bermondsey, London, 1827

The brewery of Clowes, Newbury and Maddox sat on Stoney Lane in Bermondsey, London. The late Georgian artist John Chessell Buckler created a number of images from the district of Bermondsey. The watercolour of Clowes, Newbury and Maddox was painted in 1827. Show More Summary

How I Actually Taste Beer According To Me

Once I used the phrase "the theatre of the mouth" and Stan liked the idea. Or maybe just the sound of the phrase. I was thinking about it today for some reason and realized that I had never described what I meant. Well, the phrase itself places one in the seat, the only place that ultimately matters. Show More Summary

Considering The Badness Of Beer In 1800s Britian

Hail, Beer! In all thy forms of Porter, Stingo, Stout, Swipes, Double-X, Ale, Heavy, Out-and-out, Most dear, Hail! thou that mak'st man's heart as big as Jove's! Of Ceres' gifts the best! That furnishest A cure for all our griefs: aShow More Summary

Was There Foreshadowing Of CAMRA In The 1880s?

Was there a movement lobbying for the political protection of something analogous to real ale in the Victorian era? I came across the idea in this passage in a book entitled England as Seen by an American Banker: Notes of a Pedestrian...Show More Summary

Considering The Gold v. Beer Exchange Rate

While it's not quite in the ranks of my favourite court case name, Gold v. Death, the chart setting out the annual the beer purchasing power of gold index is fairly instructive: Many comparisons from everyday life show that gold is currently not valued at an excessively high level. Show More Summary

Three Mugs Of Beer For The Servant Girl

Let's dissect the trial of Michael Martin and Hannah Farrington for grand larceny held on 15th October 1729. It starts out pretty clearly enough. Michael Martin, and Hannah Farrington, of St. Giles's Cripplegate were indicted for feloniously stealing two Gallons of strong Beer, value 2 s. Show More Summary

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

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