This Day in Beer History

On this Day in 1975, Anchor Brewing of San Francisco bottled its first production run of Liberty Ale.  From the brewery rescued by Fritz Maytag comes this hoppy ale which was championed around the country by Bob Brewer. Brewed on April 18, 1975 it celebrated Paul Revere’s ride and was one of the first to follow Anchor Steam from the brewery. Pouring Orange\Golden, it sports a generous head. Aroma is similar to the spicy character released by the unique Anchor yeast that produces ‘Steam’ beer, mingling with dry hopping from

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Seltzers and Utah

Will Utah pull Hard Seltzers from the state’s beer shelves? Nearly everywhere in the country the light and fruity drinks have dipped well into beer sales with their added advantage of ow-carbs and calories. However, do they meet Utah’s definition of beer? Some feel they are in a gray area, depending upon how they are made, with the critical question, are they brewed? Beer is allowed in grocery stores with a strict high end limit of 5% abv. Higher than that and the product is relegated to the State Liquor

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This Day in Beer History

On June 14, 1898, the government raised the tax on beer by one dollar a barrel to help fund the Spanish-American War. In most areas of the country the brewers passed the tax on to retailers who then raised the price of a beer. In other places the bar simply downsized the serving from 16 to 14 ounces, which was the equivalent of an even larger cost burdening the consumer. The end result was a tax increase that was placed fully on the back of the beer drinker. Some things

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A Free Beer for every adult in the USA?

It just might happen. If the United States reaches a goal set at 70% of the country receiving a vaccination by the Fourth of July, Anheuser-Busch has pledged to buy adults a round of beer. The Company’s chief of external affairs Cesar Vargas, said the company wanted to encourage vaccinations for those who have yet to receive one, “because that’s one big part of how we can all get back together.” The giveaway which will open for seven days will begin if the Center for Disease Control and Prevention finds

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This Day in Beer History

The Cleveland Indians hosted a ten cent beer and bat night on June 4, 1974. It first appeared a great success, filling the stands, but the dual promotion turned into a nightmare. When the visiting Texas Rangers tied the score 5 – 5 in the ninth inning fans rioted and stormed the field. When order could not be restored Cleveland was forced to forfeit the game 9 – 0 Beer Fest tickets available now at MBBF.org or follow this link https://myidahotix.com/events/2020-mountain-brewers-beer-fest-6-6-2020-58530 Copyright Gregg Smith – His latest book “American Beer History”

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Craft Beer Battling COVID ?

Tyler Morsch from Erie County, New York was debating whether or not to get a Covid vaccine until he heard those irresistible words “Free beer”. All he had to do was walk across the bar and bare his arm, afterwards the county bought him a beer. Mark Poloncarz, the county executive was nursing his own beer while directing vaccine recipients to the county’s first Shot and a Chaser effort. How well did it work? As the staff began preparing injections at 11 a.m. there was a line out the door.

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On This Day In Beer HIstory

Over pints of Beer on May 5, 1775, Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys met in the Catamount Tavern of Bennington, Vermont to plan their attack on British held Fort Ticonderoga. Five days later they captured the fort without firing a single shot. The captured cannons were transported to the heights overlooking Boston and their Machiavellian presence forced the British to evacuate that city. Although the tavern is long gone there is a marker which commemorates the meeting place. Beer Fest tickets available now at MBBF.org or follow this

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This Day in Beer History

In 2003, at a German beer association ceremony in Cologne being held at the 487th anniversary of the Beer purity law, or Reinheitsgebot, ‘Super Minister’ Wolfgang Clement won a beer drinking contest by downing a glass of Kolsch in 1.5 seconds. Clement was reported to have said, “You have to push your uvula back, then the beer flows direct down your throat. You can’t enjoy the taste, but it gets there fast” Beer Fest tickets available now at MBBF.org or follow this link https://myidahotix.com/events/2020-mountain-brewers-beer-fest-6-6-2020-58530 Copyright Gregg Smith – His latest book “American

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Social Distance Case of Beer

North Brewing Company of Leeds, UK has released the World’s longest case of beer. At over 2 meters in length (more than 6 feet) it’s called the perfect size for social distancing. Lacking any other way to celebrate the opening of their new brewery during the pandemic the owners thought the super-sized case would provide a bit of humor. The case weighs over 88 pounds and contains 99 cans of beer, enough to fill a bathtub. Don’t look for it in any store; its size requires 2 people to lift

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An Official Beer for Utah?

Anheuser Busch-InBev has unveiled a new campaign (April 5th  to May 7th ) to declare Budweiser the official beer of Utah. In a take off of Wasatch Brewing’s old campaign of Utahisms the brewery created a Utah specific label. Along with it watch out for ads with ‘Oh My Heck’, ‘Frick Yeah’, Holy Shizz’ and more. Key accounts will also be provided a swear jar where consumers can buy a swear with proceeds benefitting the Utah Clean Water Partnership “while cleaning your mouth”. A sweepstakes will also be introduced called

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