beer history

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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To Keep Troop Morale High During WWII, The British Built A Floating Brewery

To Keep Troop Morale High During WWII, The British Built A Floating Brewery

No one would ever argue with the reality that war is tough, and that the men and women who elect to serve are a truly special breed. But it might come as some surprise that during World War II the British and U.S. governments believed soldiers were so vital that they were willing to go to great […]

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