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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

Review: "The Meanings of Craft Beer" by Mr. E. Rail

E.Rail. Evan. I have enjoyed the writings of Evan Rail since he was introduced to the beer blogging world in 2007 when that phase of these things was new. In his latest essay, "The Meanings of Craft Beer", he explains how the intervening nine years have gone through an analysis of the brand that has brought many things together. Show More Summary

The Honest Desire Of Beer To Find Its Place

There has been a bit of soul searching going on in the beery ether. It is neatly framed by Oliver in his post announcing the latest edition of The Session set for the first Friday in May which includes this statement about where he stands at the moment in relation to his beer hobby: Recently, I’ve found my interest in said hobby waning. Show More Summary

The Steelyard, Stillyard, Styleyard and Spelling

Ah, the Hanseatic League. I posted about the Hanseatic League earlier this year, pointing out how it was likely the conduit for the first introduction of hopped beer into England - and, by implication, not the Dutch. I think that might...Show More Summary

Troy And GLB Inspire AGBB's Seal Of Approval

I have known Tory Burtch a long time. Well before he was with Ontario's (not Ohio's) Great Lakes Brewing, I got to know him when he was an early Ontario beer blogger and then while a staffer at TAPS! magazine. I was there in 2011 when...Show More Summary

Slavery, Servitude and The Interests of Patroons

What a sad image to come across. A human for sale. It's from from the 15 April 1734 edition of the New York Weekly Journal. Apparently the sale didn't come to pass as she was still for sale half a year later. Unless that is another unnamed woman for sale with the same skills. Show More Summary

Session 110: A Few Words On Twitter

Hmm... It takes time to write briefly. Focus. A jab or joke. An idea. Maybe. And, of course, a link back to my blog. If needed.

A Theory: From Brimstone Alehouse To Burton Ale

Early this January just past I posted that image above and told you all that it was my new favorite quote about sulfurous brewing waters from around Burton. It's from The Natural History of Staffordshire from 1686 by Robert Plot. The beer was brewed as a local health tonic but - now as then - I love that it was available at the Brimstone Alehouse. Show More Summary

All Hail The Standards Of The Yukon Government Store!

Now here is a conundrum: "We were getting frustrated. Some of the stuff showing up already expired," Hill said. "Some of the stuff showing up, you know, between two and six weeks to go and our ordering cycle is longer than that. Typically...Show More Summary

Why Actual Brewing History Matters To You

One of my mentors in beer writing wrote this in an email the other day: And one more [thing] about the 1790s, or up until somewhere before 1850, is I think it is hard to get people's attention because we can't point to a direct connection or there isn't something spectacularly strange, like people drawing in a flood of porter. Show More Summary

Georgian Era Long Distance Beer Shipments

The main reason I got into hunting for parallels to IPA over six years ago was Pete Brown's excellent book Hops and Glory. I liked it so much that I posted a review in four parts. It seemed to me that if beer was being shipped to India it should have been shipped across the Atlantic Ocean as well. Show More Summary

Lemon Beer In Schenectady In The 1830s

I was looking up spruce beer to see how late it was being advertised and came across a small batch of notices from one newspaper in Schenectady New York in the 1830s. By the second half of the 1800s, there are plenty of recipe booksShow More Summary

Identity Issues With Two Smaller NYC Breweries 1788 to 1805

One of the interesting things about working with a database are the limitations inherent within the database. As you can see from the posts in recent months on New York brewing history, there is a fabulous amount of information in the New York's state library system's online newspaper database. Show More Summary

The Summer Of 1760 Drinks Selection At The Front

I found the passage below in the 1969 book Rogers Rangers: The First Green Berets by Burt Garfield Loescher. Like you, I was spending my Thursday looking for spruce beer references. The book covers the span of the Rangers operationsShow More Summary

NYC Big Beer Gossip And Newsy Notes 1790s to 1805

I've been trying to figure out how to catch up notes on some of the larger New York breweries in the 1790s and early years of the new modern nineteenth century. It's a time of transition and not just in the sense of the changing of the guard. Show More Summary

Driving Around Albany With Craig And Ron

Not just Albany. Delmar, too. Delmar! Land of Craig's youth. We sat at Real McCoy with owner and sign maker Mike Bellini and his pal Zak, a pro ciderman. I like a one-person brewery. Ron said it was the set up he dreamed of for himself. Show More Summary

In 1795 A New Brewery Opened in Cooperstown

Standing in the mid-1790s looking forward in time, I have a sense of things changing in the history of New York brewing. I am a bit concerned that in a few years I will be facing a confusing mass of information coming at me soon. Still, for now as the frontier just begins to fill there are stories which are manageable. Show More Summary

Session 109: Porter And Our Shared Georgian Culture

For this month's edition of The Session, Mark Lindner, the Bend Beer Librarian has asked us to write about porter: There are English porters, Brown porters, Robust porters, American porters, Baltic porters, Imperial porters, Smoked porters, barrel-aged variants of most of the preceding, and so on. Show More Summary

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