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"...In The West Indies And In The Southern States..."

That is from the 3 April 1820 edition of the Albany Gazette. Harkening back to an earlier era when Albany ale had a reputation - "a great and high character" - in the West Indies and the southern states. I think this both confuses and confirms a number of things. Show More Summary

The Dreary Reality Of Those Disclosures

Even starting to type this post initially weighs upon me in my pre-coffee haze. Really? Has it come to this? Thinking about beer writing again? I suppose I am somewhat insulated from the quandary by being well past it. Few people consider the comfy role of the post-popular writer. Show More Summary

Nigerian Government Questions Silly Beer Health Claims

Is it fair to say good luck seeing this sort of puffery questioned in North America? The Council, in a letter signed by its Director General, Mrs. Dupe Atoki, listed some of the claims, which include that beer is not an alcoholic beverage...Show More Summary

Signs Of The Panic Of 1819 In 1820s NY Brewing

Not the cleanest image but obviously something was up in New York in the spring of 1820 if we are to believe the New York Mercantile Advertiser of 13 May 1820. What was up was the after effects of the Panic of 1819, the high point of...Show More Summary

Session 113: Observing A Mass Of Beer Drinkers En Mass

This month's edition of The Session finds me remembering when I was 19. See, when I was in my first or second year of undergrad, some guy sold a huge stash of original Penguin and Pelican books from the 1930s into the used book stores of my town, Halifax in Nova Scotia. Show More Summary

A Hearty And Robust People As Any In The World

The lead article in the The New-York Weekly Journal of 21 August 1738 began with the words "the health of mankind has often been a principle subject of public paper" which is true enough but it's that bit above on the second page that seems timely. Show More Summary

Now That It's Summer Do I Want Gin Or Beer... Or?

This is the sort of problem I have in summer. Which is another way of saying I have no problems. Summer in the yard. Digging slightly pointlessly until drenched with sweat. Watching the teens push the mower from the prospect of that chair and that shade. Show More Summary

Philadelphians Studying Barley Varieties In 1788 And 1819

A road block. As much a writer's block as a researching one. Spring is a rotten time to sit down to a computer in the evening. Softball games need being watched, exam sitters need being encouraged and the garden still remains not fully planted. Show More Summary

From “Beer Nerds” - Of All People

Shocking news from the front lines: He also reveals that the angriest mail he gets is from “beer nerds,” of all people. It happens whenever he drinks a big-brand beer on his CNN show “Parts Unknown.” “The angriest mail I get is fromShow More Summary

Session 112: What? Other Folk Are Working, Too?

This month's edition of The Session sees Carla Jean Lauter asking us all to consider all those working in support of the brewing industry. With the ripples of doubt spreading upon the waters since last month's edition of the session, it's a good time to pay attention to some of these sorts of realities and practicalities. Show More Summary

Is 2016 The Year That Craft Beer Became Boring?

It's a concern if this recent report is anything to go by: In the last four weeks, he added, the largest four BA-defined craft suppliers — Yuengling, Boston Beer, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium — were down a combined 4 percent. “I don’t...Show More Summary

Beer And Brewing Regulation In New Netherlands

On the 22nd of March 1639, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary in New Netherland on behalf of the General Chartered West India Company received Gillis Pietersen van der Gouw, a 27 year old master carpenter who gave an account of the state...Show More Summary

Avoiding The Call Of The Content Control Clique

This is one of the sadder passages I have read about exploring brewing history in a long time. It's in an excellent article by Joe Stange in which he is kind enough to have mentioned me: At the recent Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia, there was an unusual morning roundtable totally devoted to historical beer styles. Show More Summary

That 1700s Battledore Barley And The Other Four

These are busy days. The endy bit of April and the first half of May require my time in the garden. Yesterday I took apart the compost bin, sieved all the good bits out, returned all the half-rotted stuff and layered it with last autumn's leaves and the parsnip greens from the overwintered crop. Show More Summary

The Government Store Has Bad Branding News

Ah, the liquor control system. Government stores controlling the marketplace and then pretending that it's still a marketplace. The sort of system that announces growlers will be sold in Ontario and then builds one growler stand in just one Toronto store to serve the entire population of 13 million or so. Show More Summary

Session 111: You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling

There is a book about Newfoundland, a novel by Wayne Johnston called The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. I read it a long time ago but the name has always stuck with me. That title sums up so much about the thinking about and writing about good beer and the brewing trade for me. Show More Summary

Review: Ontario Craft Beer Guide, Leblanc And St. John

I have been remiss. Well, late. Not lazy. Late. Distracted? Distracted. Jordan and Robin sent me a digital copy of this book weeks ago and I have only gotten to writing my review now. There's been taxes to do at the last minute. Children to take to sports or hover over as math gets the best effort we can expect. Show More Summary

This Is Reasonable Proof That Big Craft Is Losing It

This first hint something stunned was up came in a tweet from Andy Crouch: Ha ha ha true craft beer. I give up. Now, before you jump to "haters gonna hate" have a look at this response to that tweet: "Stopped saying "craft", feels good." That from the first guy I heard "haters gonna hate" from. Show More Summary

Sir William Strickland On The 1790s US Barley Crop

That image up there has little to do directly with this post. It's from a book entitled A Short Economic and Social History of the Lake Counties, 1500-1830 by C.Murray, L.Bouch and G.Peredur. It popped into my Google search results as an answer to the query "William Strickland barley." I was looking for William Strickland, 6th Baron Boynton, esq. Show More Summary

Is That A Downward Or Sideways Craft Trend?

More bad news for craft in the media today. Over on Facebook, Lew shared stats reporting that on-premise US drinks sales were weak during the first 13-weeks of 2016. Total beer sales were particularly slow, declining 3.1% year-over-year. Show More Summary

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