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 27

On this day in 1999, the Weinhard Brewery (remember Henry Weinhard’s?) brewed it’s last beer and sold the company to Miller-Coors. Weinhard opened his original brewery in 1862. The Weinhard’s Brewery Complex was put on the National Registry of Historical Places in 2002.  When was the last time you had a Henry Weinhard’s? The beer…

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 15

On this day in 2003, the Tsingtao Beer Museum in Qingdao, Shandong province, China opened.  The museum tells of 100 years of beer history, culture, and production.  It focuses on Tsingtao Beer and its traditional brewing to modern day techniques.  Entry to the museum will even get you several Tsingtao tastings at the end of…

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…

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 21

On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon at 2:56:15 AM (GMT).   To honor this extraordinary day in history, perhaps you can find a beer that involves the moon!  Here a just a few examples: Lunar Brewing Company’s Neil Armstrong Ale Miller-Coors’ Blue Moon New Glarus’s…

Beer Factoid: July 20

On this day in 1919, a 1,235 pound cheese ball was pressed by Elisha Brown Jr. and taken to Washington D.C. by a horse-driven wagon and presented to President Thomas Jefferson at the White House. President Thomas Jefferson was quite the beer enthusiast. He loved bee so much that he had a brewery built into…

Beer Factoid: July 3

Whoa, sorry, all! I changed to the night shift and dropped the ball on this one… here it is… too go not to post! On this day in 1928, the first color TV broadcast occurred in London thanks to the Scottish inventor John Logie Baird. Can you remember some of those old black and white…

A History of Women and Beer

Thanks to the Pink Boots Society, we’d like to share with you a history of women and beer. Teri Fahrendorf, President From civilization’s cradle comes the “Hymn to Ninkasi”, an ode to a minor Sumerian goddess whose name means “you who fill my mouth so full”. Written around 1800 BCE, the hymn praises this goddess…