The Brewers’ Association of America—which was founded during World War II to lobby for small brewers—will be history by the time you read this. The group’s board of directors voted to merge with the much larger Association of Brewers (AOB), which was chartered in 1979 to promote the fledgling craft brewing movement. The new organization... View Article
Full Pints - History March 1, 2005 - Randy Mosher
In 1980, a homebrew shop, if you could find one, was an unkempt corner of a wine-making shop or Italian hardware store, a few dusty cans of English malt extract crowned by wrinkly packets of dying yeast. On the shelf were boxes or bags optimistically marked “fresh hops,” displaying an autumnal brown glow. Bags of... View Article
Full Pints - History January 1, 2005 - Roger Protz
If you appreciate fine beer and you plan to tour Europe, then the Czech Republic will be high on your list of places to visit. You had better hurry, though, for the entire European brewing tradition is under threat at the hands of global brewers.
Full Pints - History November 1, 2004 - Greg Kitsock
Candidate Coors Handles a Hot Potato Peter Coors, who’s taken a leave of absence from the family beer business to run for the United States Senate in Colorado, has sought to rekindle a long-smoldering issue: the 21-year-old minimum drinking age. At a June 23 forum in Greenwood Village, Coors said, “We got along fine for... View Article
Full Pints - History September 1, 2004 - Roger Protz
There’s a joke going the rounds of the British brewing industry that runs like this: “What do you call Scottish & Newcastle Breweries now that it doesn’t have breweries in either Scotland or Newcastle? Answer: Ampersand Breweries, because that’s all that’s left.”
Full Pints - History July 1, 2004 - Greg Kitsock
Last year, the war in Iraq forced the cancellation of the annual National Beer Wholesalers/Brewers Joint Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. As this year’s gathering approaches, National Beer Wholesalers Association president David Rehr has plenty of forest fires to put out.
Full Pints - History - Learn Beer May 1, 2004 - Horst Dornbusch
Although much of beer’s dawn is shrouded in obscurity, we do know that beer is as old as civilization itself. We also know that humans have used two fundamentally different ways of brewing: an ancient way of making beer from bread that was practiced at least until the birth of Christ, and a modern way... View Article
Full Pints - History May 1, 2004 - Roger Protz
Lambic, one of the world’s most fascinating beer styles, is under threat. At the end of January, lambic brewers were due to meet with the Belgian government in an attempt to protect their production methods from a small army of bureaucrats from the European Commission who, determined to eradicate unhygienic food processing, could destroy a... View Article