Sad Day for Suds

Twenty One years ago today tragedy struck a busy Bavarian motorway. A truck with an improperly secured load dropped nearly 15,000 bottles of beer, carpet bombing the pavement with lager that snarled traffic and brought tears to those who witnessed the carnage. Staffing of Emergency Trauma Centers would have been the appropriate response. Beer Fest Tickets for Mountain Brewers Beer Fest in Idaho Falls are now on sale (after a short website hiccup) at https://myidahotix.com/events/mountain-brewers-beer-fest-2022-6-4-2022 Copyright Gregg Smith – His latest book “American Beer History” is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/American-Beer-History-Mayflower-Microbreweries/dp/108155410X/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=American+Beer+History&qid=1625503750&sr=8-2

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Beer Fest Facts

Did you know, the Beer Fest uses more than 28,000 pounds of ice, sets up more than 30,000 square feet of tent, has a volunteer staff of more than 250 people, hands out 7,000 plastic cups, wristbands almost 5,000 people, provides a shuttle bus fleet that drives over 1,000 miles of routes, consumes over 50 large bottles of Carbon Dioxide to dispense 100,000 samples of beer; oh, and rents 110 porta pots, so you always have somewhere to go. All those numbers sound great but the best number is you’ve

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International Beer Awards

Today, May 17, 2022 is the deadline for entering the 2022 International Beer Awards. Entries are only $ 40 per beer in this All Volunteer Powered event and all money raised goes to charity. Entry information at https://northamericanbrewers.org/competition/

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This Day in Beer History

May 9, 1775 – As Delegates arrived in Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress, they informally gathered at places which they knew were amenable to political discussion – Taverns. Two of the most popular among delegates were the City Tavern and the Indian Queen. Located at fourth Street and Franklin Court the Tavern was also a hotel and several delegates made it their temporary residence. It served the same purpose in 1787, when in a ‘backroom’ style deal several delegates hammered out the ‘Connecticut Compromise’ which resulted in creation of

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No National Brewery

Former President Thomas Jefferson reported to President James Monroe on a proposal made before the War of 1812 on the possibility of building a national brewery. Issued on this day in 1815, Jefferson advised against such a project, writing “The business of Brewing is now so much introduced in every state, that it appears to me to need no other encouragement than to increase the number of customers”. Beer Fest Tickets for Mountain Brewers Beer Fest in Idaho Falls are now on sale at https://myidahotix.com/events/mountain-brewers-beer-fest-2022-6-4-2022 Copyright Gregg Smith – His latest

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Annual Craft Beer Report

The Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado released its annual Craft Beer report which revealed an increase in Craft beer production to a total of 24.8 million barrels. Overall Craft beer sales now represent 13.1 % of annual volume. Among Craft brewers Yuengling and Son edged out Boston Beer for the top spot with Sierra Nevada in third. Beer Fest Tickets for Mountain Brewers Beer Fest in Idaho Falls are now on sale at https://myidahotix.com/events/mountain-brewers-beer-fest-2022-6-4-2022 Copyright Gregg Smith – His latest book “American Beer History” is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/American-Beer-History-Mayflower-Microbreweries/dp/108155410X/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=American+Beer+History&qid=1625503750&sr=8-2

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Rationing Brewers

On March 31, 1941 Brewers were directly impacted by The U.S. Government’s introduction of  rationing both Tin and Steel. The limitations were a necessity brought about by the country’s increased aid to the United Kingdom in World War Two. Soon enough the U.S. itself would enter the conflict. Brewers were at times so short of the bottle’s ‘crown caps’ that they required customers to not only return the 24 bottles to a case, but also the bottles caps, which they would straighten and reuse. Beer in Art, Art Museum of

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Beer Events List

April 2 – 4 p.m. “Beer in Art” at Art Museum of Eastern Idaho $10 with beer tasting May 30 – June 5 “Idaho Beer Week” Tap Take-overs throughout Idaho Falls June 4 – “Mountain Brewers Beer Fest” at Sandy Downs noon to 5 p.m. (Tickets on sale now) August 12 “Zoo Brew” at Tautphus Park Zoo 5 to 9 p.m. December 10 “Santa Crawl”   Beer in Art, Art Museum of Eastern Idaho on the river at 300 South Capital, Idaho Falls – Saturday, April 2nd from 4 to

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Where’s the Beer

Ever seen this impressionist painting by Manet? Ever wonder if there was beer at that bar and if so, was it in the painting? Find out and Sample beers on a journey through Beer and Art. Hosted by the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, this guided tour will place Beer and Art in a new light. Conducted as a fund raiser for the museum, admission is $10 at the door ($ 5 for members) and all proceeds benefit the Art Museum. Be there, on the river at 300 South Capital,

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Prohibition’s last gasp

On this date in 1933 President Roosevelt signed the Cullen Act. Passed 8 days earlier by Congress, it was FDR’s signature that threw the final shovel of dirt on the tomb known as prohibition. With that signing the law was scheduled to go into effect on the following April 7th. Brewers immediately began restoring their plants to production. Be there at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, on the river at 300 South Capital, Idaho Falls – Saturday, April 2nd from 4 to 5 p.m. for sampling Beers and discover

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