Inky Beer Factoid: November 16

On this day in 1939, Al Capone was released from Alcatraz (San Francisco, CA). Did you know that Alcatraz was home to Alcatraz Brewery from 2003-2013? As you can see, the brewery was well-known for it’s Big House Red, but not many of the beer were rated positively by drinkers, except for the Maclead’s Kiltlifter.

Inky Beer Factoid: October 8

On this day in 1976, New Albion Brewing Company of Sonoma County, CA, was incorporated as the first post-Prohibition microbrewery in the United States. Originally founded by Jack McAuliffe, the brewery saw a resurgence in 2012 when Jim Koch brewed Original Ale (the first American Ale) in collaboration with Renée M. DeLuca, owner of Brewer’s Daughter Brewing…

Inky Beer Factoid: September 26

On this day in 1930, a British liner known as The Queen Mary was launched by Queen Mary herself.  This was one of the most magnificent and luxurious ships of its day and carried the “who’s who” such as celebrities, royalty, and even high-profiled dignitaries. During WWII, it was painted grey and became a ship…

Inky Beer Factoid: August 14

On this day in 1983, the Hopland Brewery (now Mendocino Brewing Company) was opened its doors and boasts being the first brewpub in the state of California and the second brewpub in the United States.  A brewpub is an establishment that sells its own beer as well as food in the same place. Perhaps you’ve…

Beer Factoid: July 6

On this day in 1988, Gordon Biersch Brewer Restaurants began their adventures in Palo Alto, California. Today, Gordon Biersch has 35 restaurants in the United States and 4 in Taiwan.