by Dave Gausepohl
1. 4000 BC: the Sumerians brew the first beer. The clay tablets with the recipe, or the crude tools used to stir this live changing brew have to be the oldest pieces of breweriana.
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A silver anniversary is a great excuse for a big, blow-out celebration. Pour your favorite beer, cut yourself a slice of cake, and join us admiring the presents: a collection of amusements from some of our favorite beer scribes. Have fun, and Happy Birthday!
by Stan Hieronymus
The anniversaries have started to come fast and furious. It’s been 40 years since Fritz Maytag tasted Anchor Steam for the first time. The Cartwright Brewery began its short life 25 years ago in Portland, OR, and it will be 20 years come April since the considerably more successful Widmer Brothers sold their first keg... View Article
by Greg Kitsock
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
by 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