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 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."
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."
The history of the Oregon Hop Growers Association!
A nice little article highlighting factoids about the history of brewing in Wallingford.