Alcohol History Links August 19 - 26
Boak and Bailey found a lovely newspaper article about the 'revival of cottage brewing in Essex village'.
Using lentils to make beer. I will have to look into more about this historically, but I'm really looking forward to the next batch, as it seems the first one was not terribly successful.
Part 5 of Garshol's Lithuanian brewery tour from 2015.
I must (embarrassingly) admit that I had no idea about Max Henius and his efforts to promote beer and brewing in the 1900s. According to this, it is possible that the late great Michael Jackson used Henius' book to help develop his classifications of beer.
First post for Brewing Nordic, with an introduction of Nordic farmhouse ales.
"Once upon a time there were farmers who brewed beer from their own grains. They malted the grains, picked seasonings from the nearby forest, and fermented the brew with their house yeast. These farmers were not professional brewers, but they passed on their craft, word of mouth, from generation to generation."
A private collection of memorabilia from a brewery which began operations in 1858.
A nice piece about the OHBA.
An interview with Mike Stein of Lost Lagers fame on the history of beer in D.C.
"The first of these [Innovations] originated in the late medieval Netherlands and involved the addition of hops to the brewing process. While English alewives had just used water, malt and some herbs to obtain a mildly intoxicating concoction for immediate consumption, hops made beer more durable and commercially rewarding. Eventually, it allowed for the emergence of a powerful industry flooding markets with mass output and tied public houses – until, that is, the advent of pressure groups advocating greater variety and a return to more “traditional” production methods."