This Day in Beer History

A soldier from Cambridge, Mass. on this day in 1776 noted, “Begun to draw the allowance for Beer”. It was by act of Congress which provided in soldier’s rations one quart of beer per day for all on active service. It was a sad day when the military later eliminated the ration.  Get your ration at the Beer Fest in Idaho Falls. NEW DATE August 8, 2020 On-line ticket store open now at MBBF.org

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BEER FEST NEWS – DATE CHANGE

Organizers of the 26th annual Mountain Brewers Beer Fest in Idaho Falls have announced a change in date for the Beer Fest at Sandy Downs. The new date is August 8, 2020. This alteration of the date is solely to ensure the health and safety of all concerned: attendees, brewers, and our amazing volunteers. Any tickets bought for the June 6th date remain valid and will be transferred to the August 8th date. Everything else regarding the Beer Fest remains the same: times, shuttle buses, food, etc. will be as

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This Day in Beer History

On March 28, 1836, Frederick Pabst was born. During his original career as a Great Lakes steamboat skipper he met and subsequently married Maria Best. His new bride was the daughter of Phillip Best, a famous brewer in Milwaukee. A year later Phillip convinced his new son-in-law to join the brewery. Later, after assuming leadership of the brewery, Frederick changed its name to “Pabst”. Make your own beer history on June 6, 2020 when Sandy Downs hosts the Beer Fest. Tickets on sale now at MBBF.org

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Beer History

On this day in 1906 Pabst Brewing opened a new beer hall on 125th street in New York City. It was one of several attempts Pabst made to crack into the NYC market already crowded by local beer from Ruppert, Schaefer, Rhinegold, Ehret, Ballantine, Trommers and others. The new beer hall was a major commitment, the largest of its kind, it could sit 1,400 at a time.  Make your own Beer History on June 6, 2020 at the Beer Fest in Idaho Falls. Tickets on sale now at MBBF.org

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Nitro Can without the Widget

Anheuser-Busch – has announced the release of Budweiser Nitro Gold Lager. The company describes it as a fuller mouthfeel, taste and appearance version of Budweiser with an ABV (Alcohol by Volume) of 5%. The new can contains no ‘widget’ to release the nitrogen. Instead consumers are advised to shake the can, open then pour directly down the center of the glass.  Beer Fest – Idaho Falls June 6, 2020 – Tickets on sale now at MBBF.org

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BrewDog in the News Again

Scottish- based BrewDog continues to make Beer-news. This past week BrewDog expressed interest in possibly buying an existing West-coast brewery to develop into a Brew-hotel “The Doghouse”much like it operates in Columbus, Ohio. This was fresh on the heels of a BrewDog offering for its fans to trade-in used BrewDog beer cans in exchange for a share of the company (three weeks ago) and the opening of its Pittsburgh ‘Outpost’ Brewpub (3 days ago).  What’s next? Who knows, but it’s bound to be entertaining. Mountain Brewers Beer Fest, Idaho Falls.

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This Day in Beer History

On this day in 1873,Joe Johnson of Lockport, New York was celebrating his good fortune. His friend and brewery owner John Gibson agreed to Johnson fulfilling a dream by spending a night in the brewery. It was a ill-conceived celebration; his body was found, head hanging down into a wooden, open-tank of beer. His glee over consuming all he could hold may have driven him to lean down for a drink, and there, a layer of odorless, colorless Carbon Dioxide, a product of fermentation, suffocated the luckless Joe Johnson. Don’t

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Two Pioneer Craft Brewers Announce Changes

Milwaukee- based Sprecher Brewing, founded in 1985 has been sold to a Milwaukee based investment group. No details were release on financial terms for the brewery which sold 9,000 barrels in its last reporting year; at it’s peak Sprecher sold 25,000 barrels. In other news, Carol Stoudt of the Adamstown, PA ‘Stoudts’ Brewing has announced her retirement and closing of the brewery at the end of this winter after more than 33 years in operation. Production in the last reporting year was 2,400 barrels. Mountain Brewers Beer Fest in Idaho

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Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

On this date in 1935 Krueger Brewing Company, in cooperation with American Can Company, released canned beer for the first time. Richmond Virginia was the test market for this new product. At that time it required a can opener (church key) a concept so new the beer came with instructions on how to open it. So if you have a beer today lift your’s in a toasting salute to Krueger and canned beer. Mountain Brewer Beer Fest – Idaho Falls June 6, 2020; Tickets on sale now at MBBF.org

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Dark Day In Beer History

On this date in 1920 Prohibition was enacted in the United States when the 36th state (UTAH) voted to ratify the 18th amendment. It brought on 13 dry years which the majority of the public never supported.   Show you wouldn’t support prohibition by purchasing a ticket to the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest in Idaho Falls (June 6, 2020)  Tickets on sale now at MBBF.org

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