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Filed Under:Food & Drink / Beer
Posts on Regator:1949
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Archived Since:February 1, 2008

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Long Reads: Upper Hudson Beer From 1700 to 1750

I am late. Boak and Bailey asked us to post longer reads and I am late. I suggest someone confer with my creditors to explore coping strategies. I mean, I have been away and it has been summer and I have, you know, been away. And, while I was away earlier this month, the book Craig and I wrote was published: Upper Hudson Valley Beer. Show More Summary

Did Hipsters In The 1850s Like Adulterated Beer, Too?

This is a pretty interesting bit of news in the New York Post: The scientists discovered the glass “California Pop Beer” bottle on Bowery Street near Canal Street, where a popular beer hall, Atlantic Garden, bustled in the 1850s, scientists said. Show More Summary

So That's Us Back From Scotland. Did I Learn Anything?

The Golfer's Rest in North Berwick, East Lothian. When we sat down on the bay window sofa cushions, I said to the kids "now, this is a pub" by which I meant a space that had the feel of a shared public rec room combined with a well managed courteous corner store. Show More Summary

If This Is Monday Is That Longniddry?

By the second week, I've given up on most places listed in the guides like The Malt Shovel as there are rules against kids even in their mid-teens coming into some pubs that have me befuddled. I never inquired so I might be entirely wrong about the place. Show More Summary

Scotland: The Holyrood 9A, Edinburgh

Made it. Fourteen hours door to door to Uncle and Auntie's. Next day? Children down to the pub. Well, a pub. The Holyrood 9A in Edinburgh's Old Town. It's warm. The warmest room so far. Williams Caesar Augustus is a tasty pint. Very full for what would be a light beer at home. Show More Summary

What A Bumper Crop Of Maris Otter Might Mean

Fabulous news out of England for those few remaining beer drinkers who enjoy the taste of beer: With much of the harvest already in store, Robin Appel Ltd suggests the low nitrogen levels required by ale brewers have been achieved, with an average of 1.37 – 1.40 per cent against a five-year average of 1.65 per cent. Show More Summary

Isn't The Problem Price Point Not Brewery Numbers?

Some fret in recent days again about the number of US breweries as Stan summarizes neatly in his regular Monday links post. I don't find the discussion that vital given the source of the data so my only contribution was left with MrShow More Summary

Session 90: Do We Really Sometimes See Beer As A Battle?

Hipster Brewfus is hosting this month's edition of The Session and asks us to consider: Have you ever drank a beer that became a battle, more than an enjoyable experience? Maybe a beer that was far bigger than you had anticipated? Something...Show More Summary

TUNCB: A Swedish Review Horribly Translated

So far, my favourite review of The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer² had been Stan's in which he asked the very apt question as to who exactly Max and I thought might buy the damn thing. Good point. But has been ever so slightly nudged...Show More Summary

A Summer Sunday Beer News Roundup

News round ups are sort of the sweat pants of blogging. A pal calls sweat pants "give ups" and I suppose that might apply to my links posts. Yet, sometimes there are actually a number of things worth noting but not really worth going into in any depth around here. Show More Summary

Some Words For Beer In The NY Times Over Time

Interesting to see that "craft beer" is such a post-2007 term that never achieved the heights that "microbrewery" did. "Gourmet beer" never did nuttin' for no one. Glad to see "good beer" has the staying power that simplicity and accuracy assures. Play this game yourself.

How Stands My Own Immaculate Taste Today?

Boak and Bailey asked themselves a mid-year, mid-life question: what do they like now? Sounds like a good idea. I'm just getting over a five week run of creaky ailments that have given me a new appreciation of my insides so this is just the thing for a third Monday evening in July. Show More Summary

Ontario: Uber, Nickel Brook Brewing, Burlington

What a minefield this beer presents me. Not only do I know and like the brewer but his mother lives nearby and his auntie works where I do. How could I possible give an opinion unbouyed by positive thoughts? Then again, it's not like I am all Jim-junkety or anything. Show More Summary

Al And Max Theatre Presents: "Sandwich Tongs!"

The scene: Alan sits on a stool hunched at the dark end of the bar back nearest the hallway to the bathrooms. His face is bathed in the blue glow of the iPhone screen into which he stares. The barroom is busy but he does not notice Only his fingers move across the little screen. Show More Summary

Who Pays For All That Other Stuff Brewing Creates?

I have had a bit of a odd bug for the last while. Not something that I would get into in great detail but for some reason this story about one aspect of the brewing in Vancouver caught my eye: The region wants bylaw changes that could...Show More Summary

So What The Heck Was Aquavitae In 1599?

Another day another sixteen century reference to beer that has me puzzled. This is an excerpt from an account of the voyages of John Davis who sailed both in the high Arctic of what becomes Canada in the 1580s and also in the tropics on spice trade expeditions around the turn of the century. Show More Summary

Saturday Evening In Section 201, Seat 9

I had three beers over the weekend. A Brooklyn Summer ale at the Hops Spot in Sackets Harbor, NY with lunch Saturday. A Saranac Pale Ale at the Chiefs - Paw Sox game that evening. A Syracuse Pale Ale at the Dinosaur BBQ with lunch the next day. Show More Summary

Session 89: A History Of The Hop And The Malt And The Beer...

It's that time again. The monthly edition of The Session. Beer blogging boys and girls gather 'round the coal fired ISPs throughout the world to share their thoughts on a topic. This month our host is the Pittsburgh Beer Snob who writes: At many points in history you can look back and find alcohol intertwined. Show More Summary

Is Craft Beer Becoming Like A Disabling Profession?

Many moons ago, I read a lot of Ivan Illich's writing. And George Grant's. And stuff by Bertrand Russell, Simone Weil and H.L. Mencken as well as anyone else it seems who were quite happy to tell you the general assumptions about anything...Show More Summary

Considering The Role Of Ale On This Of Canada Day

Nine years ago, back around those heady days of political blogging, I wrote a series of posts on a fictitious Atlantic Canadian separation movement focused on a mde-up new capital called Tantrama City. One post set out details of the Canada Day celebrations under the new governmental order and featured the photo of Neil and Larry above. Show More Summary

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