Inky Beer Factoid: August 8

On this day in 1899, Albert T. Marshall patented a household machine with “an automatic expansion-valve for refrigerating apparatus”.  Unfortunately, few people could afford a refrigerator until the 1930’s.  It was known that a personal refrigerator cost over $700 in the early 1920’s! Before then, ales were housed in cold cellars and later, lager was…