Category Archives: Beer History

the Nostalgia Series: (from The New Brewer, Spring 2009)

Beginning in 2009, I have written one of the four primary articles in the annual “Industry Review” issue of The New Brewer, the bi-monthly magazine published by the Brewers Association. These stories summarize performances at all levels in the craft … Continue reading

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The Nostalgia Series: (from American Brewer 2007)

DIFFERENT STROKES, DIFFERENT COASTS How craft brewing grew on either side of the country. By Jack Curtin It began, most of us agree, with Fritz in 1965, sitting at the Old Spaghetti Factory in San Francisco’s North Beach, sipping his … Continue reading

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Yee-Haw! He can run, but he can’t hide.

We got us a Brandon Greenwood sighting, ladies and gents. The peripatetic (formerly “angry”) brewer pops up in my email or Facebook stream now and again but never, ever answers when I ask him what’s up, at least not completely. … Continue reading

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Philly Beer Week Special: Back when the (beer) world was young and fresh and new.

In the midst of the commercial bonanza that is Philly Beer Week, it strikes me that digging into the archives might be a nice, non-profit way to join the party. The two posts following this one are pretty long and … Continue reading

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Philly Beer Week Special #1: “In Philadelphia, where tradition always counts and brewing has proven to be a once and future thing, it seems only fitting that what goes around has come around.”

Philly Brews: Past Is Prologue For Philadelphia beer drinkers with a sense of history, the day in 1987 when Schmidt’s Brewery, the last of the great Philadelphia breweries (“great” in the sense that they were large and powerful), closed its … Continue reading

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Philly Beer Week Special #2: “You’re sitting at the bar minding your own business and a guy walks behind you carrying a goat, you gotta figure you’ve had one too many or else something strange is going on, right?”

One Night at the Dawson Street Pub I am sitting on the windowsill just inside the entrance to the Dawson Street Pub at about 9 PM of a pleasant Saturday evening in July. Up front, past the bar and back … Continue reading

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If they don’t care, why should we?

It has been official Liquid Diet practice heretofore to provide a full list of all the winners in the annual awards determined by online voting conducted by readers of Philly Beer Scene magazine because the magazine and the awards have … Continue reading

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None dare call it craft.

When John Holl left legitimate journalism and entered the strange world of beer writing a couple of years back, we all had to raise our games more than a bit. Yes, he’s that good and when he has something to … Continue reading

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Born to Brew.

BORN TO BREW Bill Moeller’s career spanned the rise and fall of post-war mainstream brewing and had a dramatic effect upon the early days of craft brewing By Jack Curtin From the perspective of his 84 years, a milestone he … Continue reading

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Damned if I didn’t do it again.

Remember three weeks or so ago when I manned up and dug deep into those dark corners where forgotten things rest and found an 18-year old bottle of Thomas Hardy’s Ale? It was a good moment and I had the … Continue reading

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