beer history

Growler Power: The Big Impact of Large-Format Beers

Growler Power: The Big Impact of Large-Format Beers

Jugs of beer are universal, surely; but growlers hold a special place in American history (and hearts). In the early 20th century, growlers spoke to star-spangled industry, delivered to laborers alongside lunch pails. Resourceful urbanites whose thirst outpaced their free time purchased beer by the bucket as early as the late 1800s and as late […]

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These 17th Century Monks Went on a 40-Day, Beer-Only Lenten Fast… With the Pope’s Approval

These 17th Century Monks Went on a 40-Day, Beer-Only Lenten Fast… With the Pope’s Approval

The past two years have been good to hard-drinking disciples. Pope Francis famously declared wine a necessity in 2016, and former Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 90th birthday with a beer and bretzels in August, 2017. Only one beer in recorded history received an actual blessing from the pope.

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This Oregon Brewery Wants You to Make Your Hot Toddies With Beer

This Oregon Brewery Wants You to Make Your Hot Toddies With Beer

When it comes to restorative boozy beverages enjoyed on cold winter nights, hot toddies have enjoyed their reign for years. And while they may very well remain on top for decades to come, a relatively unknown but increasingly popular alternative is brewing in Portland, Oregon. Every winter, Cascade Brewing releases a limited-edition, seasonal brew called […]

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Christmas Beers Combine History and the Holidays in a Frosty Glass

Christmas Beers Combine History and the Holidays in a Frosty Glass

‘Tis the season, and that means Christmas beer. The seasonal style has a long history in brewing cultures worldwide, from France’s bière de Noel, to Germany’s weihnacht, to contemporary American iterations from Elysian, Anchorage, and many others. The Beer Judge Certification Program sets out certain guidelines for what characterizes a Christmas beer.

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The Surprisingly Legit Reasons Miller High Life Is Called the Champagne of Beers

The Surprisingly Legit Reasons Miller High Life Is Called the Champagne of Beers

Among the more optimistic advertising slogans (”I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke,” ”Diamonds are Forever”) lies Miller High Life’s ”The Champagne of Beers” assertion. It’s so bold it reads almost as a dare, like when a celebrity self-identifies as down-to-earth in an interview aboard a private plane. Miller’s Champagne dreams, however, are surprisingly […]

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Beer and American Patriotism are Inseparable Thanks to WWII

Beer and American Patriotism are Inseparable Thanks to WWII

As anyone who has ever watched any sports broadcast can attest, nothing is more American than beer. Served ice-cold on a hot summer day. In tandem with baseball, perhaps, or maybe church.  Better still — over Memorial Day weekend, or beneath fireworks on the goddamn Fourth of July. The root of our beer-soaked nationalism is […]

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I Miss Old Beer Ads So Much

I Miss Old Beer Ads So Much

Here’s a theoretical question for you to roll around the old noodle: If you vividly remember a weird movie trailer, or a Simpsons joke, or a funny commercial from childhood, but are completely unable to find a trace of it on YouTube, did it ever truly air? Perhaps not.

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Who Invented Beer Pong? Here’s The Unsurprisingly Confusing History

Who Invented Beer Pong? Here’s The Unsurprisingly Confusing History

Want to go to Dartmouth? Good for you. That’ll cost you just $69,474 a year. That price tag might seem insanely high and definitely includes a cost category vaguely labeled “miscellaneous,” but think of what you’re getting: it’s an Ivy League school, probably a great first step toward a super-corrupt political career, and—wait for it—the […]

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