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: August 24

On this day in 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the city of Pompeii, killing around 3,360 people. Because the city was buried so quickly by volcanic ash, the site is a well-preserved snapshot of life in a Roman city. We even have a detailed account of the disaster recorded by Pliny the Younger,…

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…

Inky Beer Factoid: August 3

On this day in 1846, the Donner Party experienced their first delay. Thanks to the History Channel, the story of the delay is described below. “The Donner Party had left Springfield, Illinois, three months earlier. Led by two wealthy brothers, Jacob and George Donner, the emigrants initially followed the regular California Trail westward to Fort…

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.    

Beer Factoid: June 30

On this day in 1919, at exactly 11:00pm, The Wartime Prohibition Act took effect and became known as “Thirsty-First” of June just one day later on July 1st. This banned beverages with an alcohol content greater than 2.75%. Beer enthusiasts took to the streets to stock-up on their favorite libations thinking it wouldn’t last long….

Beer Factoid: June 23

On this day in 1979, The Charlie Daniels Band released “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. Did you know that last year, The Lost Abbey in San Marco, CA released a collection of super-rare beer every month. Each beer paid tribute to rock songs from the 70’s and 80’s inspired heaven and hell. Track #11…