Category Archives: Beer History


I finally received my DVD of the Michael Lawrence flick, Beeradelphia:The City of Brewery Love, in the mail today. I was recovering from traveling back from Idaho by way of San Francisco last September on the night it had a … Continue reading

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The City of Brewerly Love and the movie that tells you all about the people who make it so.

Beeradelphia, the long-awaited film  about the region’s craft beer culture by Michael Lawrence, will have its American premiere on Thursday, Sept. 27 at World Cafe Live. There will be two showings, a VIP premiere for the cast and crew and … Continue reading

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RIP Tom Pastorius, Pennsylvania’s first microbrewer.

The Philadelphia region in the mid-90s became the focal point of Pennsylvania’s emerging craft beer industry, and given our tendency to ignore the other side of the state, it is too rarely mentioned around here that the opening of Penn … Continue reading

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Five years gone.

Busy I may be, but not too busy to take a moment here to remember the man who, more than anyone else, made gigs like this possible. I can still recall the absolute shock when Lew Bryson and then Tom … Continue reading

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“The man who invented the microbrewery.”

John Holl has the feel-good story of the year: It was early on a recent July morning and the humidity hung heavy when the man who invented the microbrewery arrived at the Samuel Adams pilot brewery. He squinted his eyes … Continue reading

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“One of the odder things about the history of American brewing is the failure to get a handle on the extent to which pre-lager brewing existed before roughly 1840.”

Think you have pretty good grasp on the history of brewing in America? Alan McLeod begs to differ and, trust me, you are better off reading Alan McLeod and learning than you would be trying to argue with him. Good … Continue reading

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Macrobrew Economy or a Craft Brew Economy?

Can beer save America? A Macrobrew Economy — a high-volume, low-price model — asks us to compete with other such economies throughout the world, and the problem is that countries like China will always have lower-priced labor, more lax environmental … Continue reading

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Problems arise, however, when we attempt to create new categories for everything rather than defining them within the context of those style we already understand. Take the double IPA, for instance. A proper double IPA is a strong and very … Continue reading

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The golden days of yesteryear…

I just came across some ancient documents written by someone who was not then ancient but who surely is approaching that stage at this point –me–which are still available in the dark recesses of the internets. All of these are … Continue reading

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A tribute to Philly’s brewing pioneers.

A very nice story in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer celebrates the folks everybody calls “George & Nancy” and their contributions to the Philadelphia beer culture (which are immense): When Hummel and Rigberg took over the three-year-old store at 20th and Sansom … Continue reading

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