I’m hugging a bottle of Anchor Steam at RFD in Washington, DC, sister establishment to the famed Brickskeller, watching a group of picketers wend their way around the crowded bar with signs reading, “We Want Beer.” It’s a puzzling sight, as everybody here seems to be well served. In fact, the “protest,” organized by Premium... View Article
Full Pints - History - Learn Beer With a New Administration, a New Beer Scene March 1, 2009 - Greg Kitsock
Full Pints - History - Learn Beer November 1, 2008 - Rick Lyke
The U.S. presidency carries with it an awesome amount of power and responsibility. That’s the case whether you are talking about nuclear arms—or beer. Public policy shapes everything from the price to the availability of the beer we enjoy. Whether it is a new tax on beer or farm subsidies, politics have an impact on... View Article
Beer Enthusiast - Full Pints July 1, 2007 - Fred Eckhardt
As I write this, I am reminded that it was in April of 1933 that we got beer back from the prohibitionists after thirteen dry years. Prohibition lasted another eight months until December of that year, when newly-elected president Franklin Roosevelt was pretty much responsible for the end of Prohibition itself. But a prohibitionist streak... View Article
Book Reviews - Full Pints January 1, 2004 - Julie Bradford
For 75 years, we saw the New York stage through Al Hirschfeld’s eyes. His fluid pen-and-ink caricatures captured the essence of a performance with a style that was unmistakable: elegant, stylish, witty but never cruel. In the theatre pages of the New York Times, a Hirschfeld portrait was the mark of theatrical success.
Full Pints - History A Story of Beer May 1, 2001 - Gregg Smith
Sharp-witted Benjamin Franklin once observed that there are two guarantees in life—death and taxes. Simple, but irrefutable, that statement touches us all. Franklin’s two constants apply to everything we love, fear, anticipate, dread and enjoy—including beer.
Full Pints - History Part Two January 1, 2001 - Carl Miller
On Saint Valentine’s Day of 1929, love was decidedly not in the air on Chicago’s north side. Six bodies lay dead and mutilated on the floor of a North Clark Street garage. A seventh victim had been rushed away barely clinging to life, only to succumb a short time later.
Full Pints - History Prohibition and the Will to Imbibe, Part One November 1, 2000 - Carl Miller
Nobody could hazard a guess at how many thousands of mugs of beer had been served over the old mahogany bar at Weis Brothers Saloon. Bartender John Mich, who had manned the beer taps at the Milwaukee watering hole since the 1890s, probably could have come closest in his estimate if he had tried. But... View Article