December 15, 2017
Another slow week for holiday season. Which, I mean, I'm partially to blame. No time to write! Anyway, this is what caught my eye this week!
A few more added notes on what was once known as 'Lambeth Ale', which appears to be popular around the late 1600's.
"Anyway, it is clear that Lambeth ale is something kept in the Royal larder, the only beer or ale mentioned, next to the bread of the elite not to mention the champers. Its high status nature is confirmed by this account of another 1680s gesture at court: In 1687, the French ambassador in London was sending to the marquis de Seignelay regular consignments of English ale, “known as Lambeth ale” and not “strong ale, the taste of which is not much liked in France and which makes men as drunk as wine and costs just as much.”
Warwicks & Richardsons
Overview and analysis of some Newark brewing records from 1910.
Whisky in Ontario
A look through an online database of materials concerning whisky in Canada.
"Here, I want to focus on three areas: first, use of whiskey with tansy, as I showed yesterday occurred in Pennsylvania (Jack Daniel used it too in Tennessee); second, taste notes comparing frontier whisky to that of c. 1899; third, a vivid description of an early country tavern."
Chinese Wine Vessel
Recent excavations in China found a tomb containing a few interesting items. One in particular being a wine vessel in the shape of a deer. I don't know what they mean by 'wine', since alcohol derived from rice is beer...They also found some nice cups for 'soup'. Cool find nonetheless!
December 8, 2017
Slow news week, it seems. But perhaps that should be expected, given the holiday season and all. In any case, here's what caught my eye this week!
A Gallon of Beer
A look into beer, brewing, and the British Navy.
"One thing we know already, is that they aimed at taking along a gallon of beer for each person on board for each day. We know that because, as I first wrote in 2014 and mentioned again in the first issue of MASH magazine, Sir Martin Frobisher provisioned his voyages in 1576-77 to the Canadian High Arctic with that much beer. This was a pretty fabulous expedition, funded by a company if investors made up of aristocrats and even “QE the 1” herself. So they also got to take along two firkins of prunes and other treats."
Port Hope Whisky
Follow a series of posts regarding whisky distilled in Port Hope, a small town around Lake Ontario.
"An index of this fame was the annual exports of whisky in this period. As Smith’s Gazetteer details, a burg of only 1,200 people sent out 429 casks of whiskey in 1844 (see p. 150). This number is very small today but it was hardly small for the size of the town in question or the number of producing distilleries. In 1844 Port Hope had five distilleries, according to Smith’s."
A History of the Hops Association
The history of the Oregon Hop Growers Association!
Brewing in Wallingford
A nice little article highlighting factoids about the history of brewing in Wallingford.