Inky Beer Factoid: January 2

On this day in 1912, the citizens of Jefferson County, Ohio, voted to re-legalize saloons and other drinking establishments in the county. Since this day, 61 craft breweries have opened in Ohio. Some of the the most well known ones are shown below. To see the entire map of Ohio breweries, click here. Cheers! Photo…

Inky Beer Factoid: January 1

On this day in 1861, the oldest registered sale of Westmalle Trappist Ale occurred.  According to St. Peter’s List, “The first Westmalle beer (officially called Abdij Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van het Heilig Hart van Jezus) was described as light in alcohol and rather sweet. By 1856, the monks had added a second beer: the first strong brown…

Inky Beer Factoid: December 30

On this day in 1972, Frederick Schaefer closed his brewery in Albany, NY, after 130 years in business. Schaefer Beer was a family name in New York and was a long time supporter of sports teams (Dodgers, Schaefer Stadium) and other outdoor spaces and events in the city (Schaefer Music Festival).   Photo References http://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/2009/03/14/schaefer-brewing-company-beer-at-its-best/ http://lifetimetopps.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/saturdays-suds-baseball-beer-9-schaefer-beer/…

Inky Beer Factoid: December 31

On this day in 1963, Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir played music together for the first time. Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals), Bob Weir (guitar, vocals), Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (keyboards, harmonica, vocals), Phil Lesh (bass, vocals), and Bill Kreutzmann (drums)  founded the Grateful Dead in 1965. Current touring reincarnations of the Dead include Further and Phil…

Inky Beer Factoid: November 22

On this day in 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot in a Dallas motorcade and died. Although President Kennedy was proud of his Irish heritage, there is no proof that he was a beer drinker, except the Irish stereotype. 1963 was a creative time for the United States and for beer drinkers, as vessels…

Inky Beer Factoid: December 29

On this day in 1862, the modern bowling ball was invented. The game of bowling was created with stone and wooden balls in Ancient Egypt and evolved to the game we know today with the creation of the modern ball. As you know,  bowling’s modern companion is beer! Below are some historical advertisements celebrating the…

Inky Beer Factoid: December 24

On this day in 1818, James Joule was born. According to Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., “Joule was the English physicist who helped formulate the first law of thermodynamics. He showed heat energy and mechanical work were related and that energy of a system was conserved. He showed electrical energy and heat energy were interchangeable by…

Inky Beer Factoid: December 23

On this day in 1888, Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear.  One story suggests that van Gogh cuts his ear off with a razor blade after a fight with a friend, Paul Gauguin, and presented it to a prostitute.  He then went home and nearly bled to death before police found…

Inky Beer Factoid: December 22

On this day in 1964, Leonard Alfred Schneider (best known as stand-up comedian and satirist, Lenny Bruce), was convicted in an obscenity trial; however, was later pardoned.  Lenny paved the way for many comedians because of his landmark trial concerning freedom of speech.   Shmaltz Brewing Company pays homage to Lenny Bruce with its Rye-based…

Inky Beer Factoid: December 21

On this day in “unknown origin”, the northern hemisphere celebrates the Winter Solstice.  Noted as being the shortest day of the year (or darkest), this is officially the first day of winter.  Many breweries celebrate the Winter Solstice by drinking or highlighting their dark beers (i.e., “The Parade of Darks” by Wynkoop Brewing Co. in…

Inky Beer Factoid: December 20

On this day in 1919, Dr. John Ewald Siebel passed away… just a week before Prohibition went into effect.  In 1868, this German immigrant founded a school and center for brewing sciences called the Zymotechnic Institute.  By 1872, it’s popularity grew and the name was changed to what we know it to be today, the…

Inky Beer Factoid: December 19

On this day in 1920, The Country Club of Brookline, Massachusetts, built a four sheet indoor ice rink which became the first indoor curling rink opened in the United States.  Although curling may not be as popular in the U.S. as other countries, it is gaining momentum and remains a favorite winter game sport for…