Beer and Art: The Harvesters, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1565

Nosing around the Met‘s digitized collection a bit more, I came across “The Harvesters” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder from 1565. Not hard as it was on the front page. I have posted a few times about paintings by his son, the imaginatively named Pieter Bruegel the Younger, over the years but this one struck me … Continue reading “Beer and Art: The Harvesters, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1565”

Articles – S

S “Samuel Allsopp & Sons” at pages 712-713 says: “In 1807 Samuel Allsopp bought out the Wilsons and turned Samuel Allsopp & Sons into a public company.” Allsopp’s did not become a public company until its flotation in 1887. In addition, Samuel Allsopp only had one son in 1807, and he was aged two. It … Continue reading “Articles – S”

Articles – O

O “oast house” at page 621 states: “Oast houses, or ‘hop kilns’ as they are also known …” To be more specific, the buildings for drying hops seem to have been called oast houses (from a mostly Southern English dialect word meaning “kiln”) in Kent and Sussex, but hop kilns in Surrey, the West Midlands … Continue reading “Articles – O”

Articles – K

K “Kent, England,” in this entry it states “At its height in the 1870s, hop cultivation claimed more than 31,000 ha (77,000 acres) of the county.” According to “Hops” by AH Burgess of Wye College “English hop acreage reached its peak of 71,789 acres in 1878”. “Kent Golding (hop)” at page 513 states: “The Golding … Continue reading “Articles – K”

Articles – I

I “immigration (effects on brewing)”states on page 476 “The ancient Celts brought brewing to the British Isles when they fled the European continent ahead of advancing tribes in the 5th century AD.” This is completely wrong. Evidence for brewing in Britain dates back to the Neolithic, at least 4000 BC. The Celts arrived in Britain … Continue reading “Articles – I”

Articles – H

H “Hansen, Emil Christian” lager yeast has been re-named again and is now Saccharomyces pastorianus. “Harvest” this entry says simply “See BARLEY HARVEST”. Shouldn’t there also be an entry for HOP HARVEST? “Harwood, Ralph” entry at page 422 states:”A popular drink at the time was “three threads”, a dark beer mixture drawn from three different … Continue reading “Articles – H”

Articles – G

G “George Gale & Co Ltd” entry at page 385 states: ” George Gale & Co Ltd was once the most significant ale brewer in the county of Hampshire …” It was not. Gale’s was considerably smaller than a number of important brewers in Hampshire, including Brickwood’s of Portsmouth (closed 1983) and Strong’s of Romsey … Continue reading “Articles – G”

Articles – B

B “Ballantine IPA” entry at page 80 states “…brewed from 1890 into the 1990’s by the Ballantine Brewing Co.”. While most 19th Century ads for the brews from the Ballantine ale brewery usually just mentioned “Ales and Porter” without specifying the various types of ales they brewed, there are newspaper articles and local ads from … Continue reading “Articles – B”

Maine: Interlude 2007, Allagash, Portland

Twenty-four bucks? What was I doing last decade? I have only a few of these aged big bottles left. I gave up a long time ago on trying to keep the cellar up. One of the few beers left from the days of glory, the era of beer blog ad revenue. I was throwing around … Continue reading “Maine: Interlude 2007, Allagash, Portland”

Philadelphians Studying Barley Varieties In 1788 And 1819

A road block. As much a writer’s block as a researching one. Spring is a rotten time to sit down to a computer in the evening. Softball games need being watched, exam sitters need being encouraged and the garden still remains not fully planted. It’s a bad time of the year to daydream about what … Continue reading “Philadelphians Studying Barley Varieties In 1788 And 1819”