Inky Beer Factoid: December 1

On this day in 1864, George Merz of New Orleans, Louisiana, brewed the first lager beer in the city at the Old Canal Steam Brewery (only open for 2 years).  Unfortunately, it was an unsuccessful endeavor due to the high cost of ice and the fact that is often melted by the time it reached…

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…