Inky Beer Factoid: December 30

On this day in 1972, Frederick Schaefer closed his brewery in Albany, NY, after 130 years in business. Schaefer Beer was a family name in New York and was a long time supporter of sports teams (Dodgers, Schaefer Stadium) and other outdoor spaces and events in the city (Schaefer Music Festival).   Photo References http://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/2009/03/14/schaefer-brewing-company-beer-at-its-best/ http://lifetimetopps.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/saturdays-suds-baseball-beer-9-schaefer-beer/…

Inky Beer Factoid: December 7

On this day in 1836, the 8th president of the United States was elected, Martin Van Buren.  President Van Buren was known to be quite the drinker in his time.  His favorites were Madeira (a Portuguese wine) and Montepulciano (an Italian wine), but he wouldn’t shy away any libation.  Some historians even refer to him…

Inky Beer Factoid: November 25

On this day in 1817, New York City debuts its first sword swallowing performance in the United States by India’s Senaa Samma.  A report from that time states, “Senaa Samma appeared at St. John’s Hall in New York City in a lovely exhibition of juggling and sword swallowing. Admission to see the performance was $1…

Inky Beer Factoid: August 18

On this day in 1969, Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys played as the final act at Woodstock in New York. Jimi was known to be a big beer lover and enjoyed a vast variety of cold brews. He was so admired as a phenomenal musician, that Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company was inspired to…