beer history

The Hymn to Ninkasi [Infographic]

The Hymn to Ninkasi [Infographic]

Beer is sacred. It’s been central to social and spiritual celebrations for millennia. Some historians even attribute beer to the basis of civilization. Much of what we know about beer’s ancient history traces back to the Hymn to Ninkasi, a 5,000-year-old ode to brewing etched into clay tablets found in modern-day Iraq. The Hymn to […]

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In 1815, America Almost Embarked Upon a Plan to Build a National Brewery

In 1815, America Almost Embarked Upon a Plan to Build a National Brewery

In September 2012, the White House published a presidential first: a recipe for White House beer. White House Honey Brown Ale, and later White House Honey Porter and White House Honey Blonde, were the first beers ever brewed on site, courtesy of Sam Kass, White House assistant chef, and President Barack Obama.

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Getting to Know Cream Ales, the Best Beer You’re Not Drinking

Getting to Know Cream Ales, the Best Beer You’re Not Drinking

Cream ales are one of beer’s biggest misnomers. The name confuses consumers, frustrates bartenders, and occasionally leads to mansplaining. One challenge in defining this style is that different brewers set different rules for cream ales. Historical accounts and modern interpretations vary wildly. Compared to macro lagers, cream ales tend to be a little more bitter.

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In England, Brewing Beer Was Women’s Work Until It Became Big Business

In England, Brewing Beer Was Women’s Work Until It Became Big Business

Denise Marlere runs a thriving brewing business from her home. Her husband, Nicholas, is a butcher. This may sound like a hipster couple in the Hudson Valley, but our duo lives in Bridgewater, England, in the 1300s. Our story ends in 1401, when Denise dies and leaves her brewing supplies and business to her servant, Rose. […]

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The Very Profitable, Entirely True Story of Selling Diet Beer to Burly Men

The Very Profitable, Entirely True Story of Selling Diet Beer to Burly Men

Miller Lite was not the world’s first light beer, as many believe, but it was the first successful light beer. Its considerable market share — it’s currently the nation’s third-best-selling beer — was kickstarted by a 1970s advertising campaign that targeted blue-collar men. This might come as a surprise to modern consumers.

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