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some interesting brewing history from philadelphia
 
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I don't know if it has been mentioned before but you can search on Google Books for homebrew and find old articles and books on both historical techniques and some very scientific stuff.
 

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anyone else have any historical site i can search in my endless quest to brew beers from ago. once my flux capacitor is operational i will no longer need you though.
 

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Starting in January I will be taking a course on the History of Beer Brewing. the professor says he will be providing me with online content to read. I'll post whatever he gives me in this thread.
 

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Whenever I think I like beer more than anyone else, I come here and find Revy. I picture Revy having one of those car beds except it is a beer truck full of craft brew kegs and he spends his nights on the plastic CB attached to the bed teaching the other beer truck bed drivers how to properly make starter kits
 
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I just found out that these episodes are on Youtube.

A few months back BBC America ran a series called "Oz and James Drink to Britain." It's continuation of a series of shows pairing British wine expert Oz Clark, with James May, one of the hosts of the British Top Gear."

In past series it's been more about wine. But this season covered the other world of British drinks, notably beer. cider and spirits.

They're a very lighthearted programs with great bantering, and a bit of info on homebrewing (badly) and the history of British brewing, showing the various regions, like Yorkshire and New Castle.

They may not be serious historical treatises, but they are a hoot.

Ep 1 Clarke and May travel to Yorkshire and Derbyshire, learn what goes into beer and visit a vineyard.



EP 2 Clarke and May travel to Wigan and visit a small commercial brewery.



EP 3 Clarke and May travel to Scotland, receive a blindfolded whisky tasting and meet brewers.



EP 4 Clarke and May travel to Ireland, test Irish Guinness and host "Strictly Come Drinking".


 
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EP 5 Clarke and May taste some extreme beers, and attempt to work as barmen.

EP 6 Clarke and May travel to Wales, sample vodka, perry and wines.

EP 7 Clarke and May travel to the South West on a traditional cider farm and James makes his own Plymouth Gin.

EP 8 Clarke and May try British sparkling wine and visit a traditional Kentish hop garden.
 
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Just wanted to say thanks, mainly to Revvy, for all these links and resources.
I'm taking a labor studies course at Wayne State and for our final paper, we can write about anything as long as it pertains to labor and american politics. I'm still not 100% sure what angle I'm going to take, but these links are a good start. I might look into how the big American breweries are now foreign-owned (yet unionized) and of the future of the industry, somehow in terms of the labor movement.

Thanks, and cheers
 

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That MJ article about the Viking Brewing yeast was fascinating! I wouldn't mind trying some of that yeast in my Burton ale next time. It'd be interesting to note what the specific changes would be.
 
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Just wanted to say thanks, mainly to Revvy, for all these links and resources.
I'm taking a labor studies course at Wayne State and for our final paper, we can write about anything as long as it pertains to labor and american politics. I'm still not 100% sure what angle I'm going to take, but these links are a good start. I might look into how the big American breweries are now foreign-owned (yet unionized) and of the future of the industry, somehow in terms of the labor movement.

Thanks, and cheers
Small world, I work for Wayne Sate. LOL
 

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I'm sure those videos were very interesting, but....I can't understand British English. I think I missed 1/2 of what was said during all the Harry Potter movies. LOL. I'm one of those guys who only understans American English. I can handle most of the area dialects here in the USA. Even understand the guys from down under except when they use one of them truly Aussie words like billabong. :)
 

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Hell, I should just interview YOU for my paper. Over a beer or two, of course.
 

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I wrote a research paper on the history/archaeology of the development of chicha in Peru. I might be able to dig it up.
 

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Thanks guys. My paper will be focused more on union/labor issues, though history does play a big role. There isn't much info on current union trends, especially micro breweries, which is probably because few, if any are organized.

Researching something beer related definitely makes the whole "research" part of the work not too bad!
 
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This just popped up on npr.

With Hanukkah Microbrews, A Taste of Jewish History


An early predecessor to the Hanukkah brews of today, Russian Jew Max Lapides stands with his sons in front of the Bauernschmidt Brewery Saloon in Baltimore, circa 1900.

Listen to the story.

During the holidays, many beer manufacturers roll out seasonal brews. But there's a relative newcomer for the festival of lights: Hanukkah beer.

Lompoc Brewing, in Portland, Ore., is one small, craft brewery that has added it to its winter lineup.

"We had a Jewish gentleman here ... and he wanted to make a Hanukkah brew," says David Fleming, the head brewer. "So we thought it was a great idea. We already had six Christmas beers going anyhow, so why couldn't we have a seventh one for Hanukkah?"

Lompoc ended up with a chocolate rye porter called 8 Malty Nights. It has become one of its more popular winter beers. And Lompoc is not alone – a few others, like Schmaltz Brewing Company, are also bringing Jewish beers to market.

But this isn't the first time Jews have gone into the beer business.


"The story ... begins really far back, at the Babylonian exile," says Marni Davis, the author of Jews and Booze and an assistant professor of history at Georgia State University. She says that even though beer is never mentioned in the Hebrew bible, it is kosher. And Jews have brewed it from Persia to Europe, and into America.

Davis has found lots of examples of central European Jews founding breweries. One of the biggest was New York's Rheingold Brewery, founded by Samuel Leibmann.

But Davis says that, for the most part, Jewish breweries cropped up in smaller, non-German cities – places like Denver, or Anaheim. Unfortunately, even the most successful of these breweries had to empty out their kegs in 1919, at least officially.

"The most important Jewish beer entrepreneurs during Prohibition were the bootleggers, the gangsters," says Davis. "They were operating with Irish and Italian immigrants, these sort of inter-ethnic crime syndicates really helped to maintain the presence of alcohol, and beer in particular, in American life."

After Prohibition, small Jewish breweries — like small breweries everywhere — were edged out by the big guys. It's only in the last few years, with the microbrewery revival, that we're starting to see them again.

So does this long history mean that we've had it all wrong? That Jews really are the people of the hops? Davis says beer isn't particularly Jewish. But it is a part of Jewish life.

"Beer is one of the ways that Jews can become part of the culture that they're in, and they can do it as Persians, they can do so as German-Americans in the beer gardens of Cincinnati, and they could do it today, as producers of cheeky beers that are coming out of craft breweries right as we speak," says David.

Fleming says 8 Malty Nights is doing well. Lompoc has already brewed 60 kegs for the holiday season. And, perhaps even more importantly, it goes well with Hanukkah latkes.
 

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Interesting story,that. Isreali jews look down on us for eating pork,chocolate,& toffee. They hate Yeshu (real name,Yehushua-Jesus) because he's claimed to be the son of God. But beer is kosher...go figure?:confused:
 

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I just finished an awesome academic journal article on Neolithic Brewing for my Brewing History class. I don't have a link to it, only the file itself. I do however have links to some of my future assigned readings and will post them once I get to those sections.
 

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Airborneguy said:
I just finished an awesome academic journal article on Neolithic Brewing for my Brewing History class. I don't have a link to it, only the file itself. I do however have links to some of my future assigned readings and will post them once I get to those sections.
Brewing History class? Sounds awesome!
 

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Brewing History class? Sounds awesome!
I am actually *hoping* to finish my degree in the History and Culture of Beer, but I'm having trouble getting the plan approved by my university. Initially everything was fine, but they have denied a few of the plans myself and my advisor worked out. The university I am attending allows for very open ended degree programs, but because it is a REAL university (State University of New York), they take it very seriously and are stringent on what they approve.

This class has been approved at least, so hopefully I get more good news in the future.

Revvy, I'll have plenty to post as I go on. Can't wait!
 

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Makes me totally rethink all those years studying to get a bachelors and masters in business just to work for wall street... ;)
 

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Makes me totally rethink all those years studying to get a bachelors and masters in business just to work for wall street... ;)
As fun as this is, you made the right choice.

I'm only doing this because I needed credits to get promoted and there's no requirement for what they have to be in. I've been a cop for 10 years and have no plans to leave it until retirement. This degree isn't really structured in a way that it will help me get a brewing job unless I'm up against a kid straight out of high school!
 

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If I didn't have 2 kids and all the commensurate bills, I'd give it all up to "do what I like" instead of trying to "like what I do".
 

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