This Day in Beer History

On this date in 1941, as the US faced the possibility of War, the federal government cut the production of tin for civilian purposes. This effectively eliminated the availability of canned beer for the duration. Only months later the government did the same for steel, thus severely curtailing the production of bottle caps. Bar rooms posted signs that read, “When you order Beer from this Tap you save a Cap”. Coors recalled that when delivering bottles to a bar they collected the used caps and employed a crew of people

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Oregon article on the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest

Over the years the Beer Fest in Idaho Falls has experienced steady growth in the number of Oregon Breweries attending. So today we are including a “Guest” contributor in the form of an article by D.J. Paul, that appeared in “Brewpublic” dated March 23, 2021 you can view the entire article by following the link below. https://brewpublic.com/beer-awards/north-american-brewers-association-presents-its-2021-mountain-brewers-beer-fest/

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This Day in Beer History

Captain Frederick Pabst married Maria Best, the daughter of Milwaukee brewer Phillip Best, on this day in 1859. A few years later Frederick gave up his career of sailing on the Great Lakes at the urging of his father-in-law. Eventually he solely held the reins of the brewery and brought his medal-winning “Blue Ribbon Beer” to national fame and success. 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” is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/American-Beer-History-Mayflower-Microbreweries/dp/108155410X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=American+Beer+History&qid=1616697774&sr=8-1

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On this Date in 2002

The British government declared that the amount of beer in a pint must be no less than 95% liquid. This represented a raise from the previous minimum level of 90%. Calculations revealed the difference of 5% resulted in consumers benefitting from an additional 60 million pints, or about 4 pints per beer drinker. Cheers! Beer Fest General Admission 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” is available on Amazon

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On this date in Beer History

In 1933 the House passed the ‘Cullen Act’; although not a complete repeal of prohibition it amended the Volstead Act (prohibition’s definition) by redefining alcohol content in beer as up to a limit of 3.2%. This was another of the significant steps toward adoption of the 21st amendment. Beer Fest \tickets make a great St. Patrick’s Day gift – 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” is available on Amazon

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Deschutes Acquires Boneyard

Deschutes Acquires Boneyard Deschutes of Bend, Oregon, the nation’s 11th largest Craft Brewery has acquired Boneyard Brewing, also of Bend. Boneyard’s name was a nod to the brewery’s origins, as it was established with used equipment from breweries scattered across the country. The ‘joint venture’ was in-part a reflection of the challenges brought about by the pandemic. Boneyard previously based its revenue on tasting room and keg sales and Covid forced a shift to packaged product – aluminum cans. An alignment with Deschutes provides greater efficiency and opportunity for retail

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Op Ed the NABA’s View

There have been many recent gloom and doom articles about the state of beer and the financial health of breweries during the pandemic. Beer sales are reported down significantly and under-capitalized breweries are reported as being on the ropes. While all that may be true, we at the North American Brewers Association have a more optimistic view of beer’s future. Throughout American history brewers have demonstrated that although beer is not recession proof it is recession resistant. Take a look at beer production during and after each of the notable

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Future of Beer Recovery Post Pandemic

Overall the Pandemic has significantly wounded the beer industry with several factors coming into play. First, and most obvious, is the reduced opportunity for on-premise sales. During the pandemic on-premise sales dropped nearly in half, bad news for draft only breweries\brewpubs. This drop was reflected in the loss of nearly 100,000 on-premise venues which were driven out of business. That figure includes both restaurants and bars. Yet another factor was the reduction of both corporate and leisure travel, resulting in even more lost revenue. Adding to the hit on beer

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Prohibition and the First Step to Repeal

Many people believe repeal was on April 7, 1933. Although that was the day beer (not spirits) were legalized it was not the first step, the official action starting the process was the 15th of February. For more detail on how this occurred visit the NABA blog at – https://northamericanbrewers.org/prohibition-and-the-first-step-to-repeal/

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BEER + Valentine’s Day

Forgot to get a gift? The Mountain Brewers Beer Fest can help bail you out. Beer Fest tickets make a great gift. Go to MBBF.org or follow this link… https://myidahotix.com/events/2020-mountain-brewers-beer-fest-6-6-2020-58530

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