Because the Celtic/Germanic tribes were illiterate, our knowledge of the ingredients and processes used to make central European Stone Age beers is sketchy. What we do know is that, until the modern globalization of trade, man has always brewed with the ingredients he found right at his door- (or cave-) step.
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
Full Pints - History March 1, 2004 - Greg Kitsock
For a few months, it was the most sought-after piece of writing since the last Harry Potter novel, as beer lobbyists tried in vain to obtain an advance copy. Finally, on September 10, the National Academy of Sciences released its Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility.
Full Pints - History January 1, 2004 - Roger Protz
Scratch the history of Europe and you reveal old enmities, disputed borders and centuries of bloody war. Today, as you drive through the peaceful countryside of Alsace, nestled between the Vosges mountains and the mighty river Rhine, it is hard to imagine that the region has long been part of history’s game of pass the... View Article
Full Pints - History November 1, 2003 - Stan Hieronymus
They began showing up at Washington liquor stores in July, and at grocery stores, and convenience stores, looking like they were preparing for a beer run a la Smokey and the Bandit. One man bought 22 cases of Olympia stubbies.
Full Pints - History September 1, 2003 - Roger Protz
Should beer be brewed at source or is it acceptable for brewers to replicate famous brands far from the breweries of origin? American readers may think this an arcane subject for discussion, as the sheer size of the United States means that many brands have to be produced in more than one location.
Full Pints - History July 1, 2003 - Greg Kitsock
Every week, it seems, we read about another health study that reveals that moderate drinking can lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, prevent dementia, etc. In February, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)—the new agency that was established to take over the ATF’s regulatory functions—ruled that manufacturers of alcoholic beverages may print these... View Article
Full Pints - History - Learn Beer How Taxes Have Changed Our Beer May 1, 2003 - Alan Moen
Like it or not, taxes are a fact of life (or death, as some would say). They have been imposed on citizens by governments for centuries, and breweries and their beers have long been a favorite tap for government revenue.