Inky Beer Factoid: December 20

On this day in 1919, Dr. John Ewald Siebel passed away… just a week before Prohibition went into effect.  In 1868, this German immigrant founded a school and center for brewing sciences called the Zymotechnic Institute.  By 1872, it’s popularity grew and the name was changed to what we know it to be today, the…

Inky Beer Factoid: December 5

On this day in 1933, the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment which prohibited the production,  transport, and sale of alcohol in the United States.  Apparently, this IS proof that there is a God!   Photo References http://community-bar.com/?p=2011 http://tapiture.com/image/the-end-of-prohibition-193 http://www.comprofessor.com/2010/12/december-5-1933.html http://goodwineunder20.blogspot.com/2007/12/today-celebrate-end-of-prohibition.html http://www.ticketfly.com/event/434937-repeal-18th-amendment-orlando/

Inky Beer Factoid: December 4

On this day in 1927, Jazz musician, Duke Ellington, opened at the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York.  Although this was the time of Prohibition, clubs and speakeasies were known to dabble in illegal production, purchasing, and distribution of alcohol.  The clubs that Duke played for were no different.  Interestingly, by 1955, Duke Ellington was…

Inky Beer Factoid: October 29

On this day in 1881, Wilmington, Delaware’s Diamond State Brewery was almost entirely destroyed by fire.  Fortunately, the brewery’s owner and brewer, Joseph Stoeckle, had two fire insurance policies and rebuilt the brewery even bigger and better.  At that time, Stoeckle was producing 4,555 barrels of beer, but after the rebuild and a few investments,…

Inky Beer Factoid: September 8

On this day in 1934, Seattle brewery drivers found themselves at odds with choosing between joining the Teamsters’ Beer Delivery Union and the non-Teamster Union. The Teamsters retaliated by smashing beer cases, beating delivery drivers, looting beer carts, and boycotting breweries that carried certain brands of beer. The Teamsters tried to get the drivers to…

Inky Beer Factoid: September 5

On this day, in 1905, Port Townsend Brewing Company was established for a mere (by today’s standards!) $25,000. Port Townsend Brewing was one of the longest running breweries of its time. Their beers were shipped to all of the local saloons as well as areas around the Puget Sound. The brewery closed to pressures from…

Inky Beer Factoid: September 4

On this day in 1957, the Edsel vehicle is introduced by the Ford Motor Company.  The Edsel was considered to be an ugly, gas-guzzling car with a front vertical grill resembling a vagina.  Hmm…  Really?   Would founder, Henry Ford, turn in his grave knowing this?  Henry was known to openly voice his opinion against…

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….