Poland has a cruel nickname: “The country on wheels.” For most of the 19th and 20th centuries, it was ruled by Austro-Hungary, Russia and Germany, and then became a satrapy of the Soviet Union for 50 grim years. Its modern borders bear little relation to the ones it enjoyed a century and a half ago.... View Article
Full Pints - Learn Beer - Styles - Styles Features November 1, 2008 - Roger Protz
Beer Travelers - Full Pints September 1, 2007 - Paul Ruschmann
Great beer in new places is always something to look forward to. But much of the fun of Beer Traveling is discovering something new. A brewery tour is a pleasant way to do both. It’s a thirst-quenching way to spend an hour or two while learning about the brewery’s history. You get a close-up look... View Article
Culture - Full Pints - Live Beer May 1, 2006 - Julie Johnson Bradford
(ANYTOWN, USA) Two teenage sweethearts were recently parked at the local lover’s lane when the radio announced that a violent madman had escaped from a nearby asylum. This dangerous lunatic could be easily identified—by the prosthetic hook that replaced his right hand. To her boyfriend’s great frustration, the girl insisted that he take her home... View Article
Full Pints - History January 1, 2006 - Roger Protz
I don’t know if the word “fib” exists in American English, but on this side of the Pond it means an unimportant, inconsequential lie. Purists and prelates may argue that a lie is a lie in any language, and that point has been underscored by the creation in Britain of an organization known as “NoFibs.”... View Article
Full Pints - Live Beer - People - People Features November 1, 2005 - Julie Johnson Bradford
It’s the middle of the nineteenth century, give or take a decade or two. You are an ambitious young man. James Watt’s steam engine and other inventions have already revolutionized the textile and ceramics industries. Industrialization has opened the door for ambitious young men like you to advance in the world without the traditional leverage... View Article
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.
Culture - Full Pints - Live Beer March 1, 2003 - Gregg Glaser
To start at the beginning, and not to create any more confusion than is necessary, there is no country named Holland. There used to be, years ago, but today North and South Holland are provinces in a country named the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Full Pints - History January 1, 2002 - Roger Protz
The PC’s thesaurus has come up with a magnificent silver dollar word. There I was, struggling with mess, muddle and botched, and all the while, a far better term was waiting for me: discombobulated. It sums up beautifully the state of the British brewing industry following a ruling by the Labor government.
Full Pints - History May 1, 2001 - Roger Protz
A mighty struggle has broken out for control of Britain’s best-known brewing group, Bass. As reported in AAB last year, the Belgian group Interbrew—best known for Stella Artois and Labatts lagers—bought both Whitbread’s and then Bass’s brewing capacities.