A research summary and dive into the etymology of 'Kveik'. Fascinating as always.
"The original meaning of the word was simply "yeast," because there used to be just a single kind of yeast. That was the one you used in beer, and if you managed to get hold of some wheat you'd use it for baking, too. But then yeast became available in the shops. Now the brewers distinguish between "gjær" (the standard Norwegian word for yeast), which is something you buy in the shop, and "kveik", which is the traditional farmhouse ale yeast."
Experimental beer brewing with einkorn, a type of wheat. Although the project stemmed from brewing with emmer instead, they were successful in producing a decent sounding beer!
The dudes over at Brewing Classical Styles have been putting out some interesting material these past days, so be sure to head over and read their other content.
It's a touchy subject, but the brewing history field isn't rolling with money. If you can help, please do! Ron's research is paramount in the brewing history world.
Looking into a beer and food pairing event from 1944 by the Wine and Food Society of New York. Features beer's with names such as 'Atlantis Double Dark' and 'Krueger Kent Ale'.
"May 7, 1942 is exactly five months after WW II began for the United States. On that night the Wine and Food Society of New York held a luxurious beer and food tasting at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. As I’ve mentioned before, the same society held two other beer events (that I know of) in the 1940s: one in 1941 before Pearl Harbor and one in September, 1944."
Pretty cool photographs and descriptions of pubs in England from 1964.
A great source of info on Derby Ale, which was honestly my first time hearing about it. Apparently, it was one of the first beers brewed with coke kilned malt, and is a part of the greater research effort into beers from the 1600's. Be sure to catch the entire series!
A look at an advertisement for Allsopp's East India Pale Ale.
For the anniversary of Martin Luther's theses, NPR researched into the Luther family's influence on hop usage. I remain skeptical that Lutherans pushed for hops as a protest to Catholicism, but there are some interesting tidbits here.
A nice article on the local brewing history in Illinois.
"Thies was a recent immigrant from Westphalia, Germany, and Blank came to Quincy from Baden, Germany, in 1848. When Blank died two years later, his widow, Salime, married Thies. In 1857, a fire in the brewery malt room caused $6,000 in damages, but business continued, and in 1859 Henry Grimm became Thies' partner. Grimm and his wife, Rosina, came from Alsace in 1835. Rosina was the sister of Casper Ruff, the brewery's original owner. In 1864, Thies and Grimm sold the brewery to Jacob Luther and his father-in-law, Michael Durrstein."
A summary of what Patrick McGovern has been up to as of late.