Beer In Ads #1603: A Calendar Of British Beer — July

Tuesday’s ad is from the Brewer’s Society’s “Beer is Best” campaign, from 1938. It’s the July image from “A Calendar Of British Beer” for the year 1938. Showing a pair of Shire horses hooked up to a wagon of wooden beer kegs, the idea was that such a scene wasn’t too far removed from “the way [beer] has always been brewed.”


Patent No. 2841500A: Method Of Packaging And Preserving Hops

Today in 1958, US Patent 2841500 A was issued, an invention of James O. Hughes and Ray Nelson, assigned to Tri-State Processing Company, of Yakima, Wash., for their “Method Of Packaging And Preserving Hops.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

Our invention relates to a method of packaging hops. An important object of the invention is to provide a simple and inexpensive method of storing hops which have been compressed in bales, for providing an airtight package. A further object of the invention is to provide an airtight casing or container for the hops, which will retain the hops within their original state, without the loss of aroma or color.

A method of packaging hops for shipment and preserving the same in the original condition during such shipment, comprising taking a compressed bale of hops and removing the original covering sheet and bands therefrom, subjecting the original compressed bale of hops to a higher degree of pressure to highly compress the bale and reduce the size of the bale to approximately one-half of the original size, retaining the highly compressed bale in substantially the same reduced size by enclosing the same in a sheet and bands and thereby resisting the expansion of the bale, then enclosing the highly compressed bale which is reduced in size Within a casing formed from a plastic sheet, then heat sealing.


Beer Birthday: Chris White

Today is the 47th birthday of Chris White. Chris founded the yeast company White Labs in 1995 and he’s also on the faculty of the Siebel Institute. He’s also a fixture at virtually every brewing industry and homebrewing conference, and was kind enough to talk to my SSU beer appreciation class about. Join me in wishing Chris a very happy birthday.

Chris and his brother Mike bookending Chuck, from Green Fash Brewing, Natalie Cilurzo, from Russian River Brewing, John Harris, from Full Sail Brewing, and Vinnie Cilurzo, also from Russian River, at CBC in Austin, Texas in 2007.

Chris at the new White Labs taproom during the Craft Brewers Conference a couple of years ago in San Diego.

Surly brewer Todd Haug with Chris.

Chris with Technical Sales and Marketing Coordinator Ashley Paulsworth at the NHC.

[Note: last two photos purloined from Facebook.]

Patent No. 3453114A: Process Of Brewing

Today in 1969, US Patent 3453114 A was issued, an invention of Peter D. Bayne and John L. Pahlow, assigned to Schlitz Brewing Co., for their “Process of Brewing.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

This invention relates to a process of brewing and more particularly to a process and apparatus for reconstituting concentrated brewers wort.

The present invention is directed to a continuous, high capacity process for reconstituting concentrated wort. The wort is reconstituted without color gain, loss of hop bitter or alternation of flavor. According to the invention, concentrated wort at a temperature of from 60 to 120 F., but preferably under and having a solids content of 80% is continuously pumped from a storage tank and/ or shipping containers and passed 4into a mixing system. Deionized water, -or filtered mains water, depending upon the purity of the water, is introduced into a mixer at a constant flow rate and is mixed with the stream of concentrated wort to partially reconstitute or dilute the wort. In some cases, particularly in high capacity installations, a second mixer in series may be employed and -a second stream of either deionized water or filtered mains water is introduced into the second mixer down stream from the first mixer. This second or breakdown stream of water is continuously introduced at a variable flow rate and mixed with the partially reconstituted wort to complete the reconstitution to the fermentation gravity.


Patent No. 5772000A: Hop Vine Transfer System

Today in 1998, US Patent 5772000 A was issued, an invention of Paul J. Serres, for his “Hop Vine Transfer System.” Here’s the Abstract:

A hop vine transfer system (10) includes a plurality of magazines (14a, 14b, 14c) each fed by an associated unloader mechanism (12). Once a magazine has been filled with hope vines (V), it is unloaded by a pivoting transfer conveyor (16) having an entrance end (50) alignable with the exit end portion (48) of the magazine. The opposite exit end (91) of the transfer conveyor is disposed in operable engagement with a picking machine conveyor (18) that moves the hop vines, with their stub ends upwardly, through a picking machine (22) to remove the hops from the vines.


Patent No. 732122A: Barrel-Tap

Today in 1903, US Patent 732122 A was issued, an invention of Adolph Schneider, for his “Brew-House-Apparatus Equipment.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

The invention relates, primarily, to barrel taps more, particularly intended for use in drawing or transferring effervescing liquid, such as beer, from one receptacle to another, but which can also be used for drafting liquids.

The objects of the invention are to construct a barrel-tap which can be readily applied to or removed from a receptacle without any great inconvenience or trouble and which when applied to a receptacle will enable the liquid contained in the receptacle to be drawn therefrom without liability of waste, to effectually pr I’ll; leakage in applying the tap to the receptacle, to enable air or other fluid pressure to be applied to the receptacle as the liquid is withdrawn therefrom without change in the tap, thereby maintaining the requisite amount of pressure in a receptacle for properly transferring the liquid under a predetermined pressure, to simplify the construction and improve the operation of barrel-taps, and to construct a barrel-tap which as a Whole will be very compact, easily applied, and effective and reliable in use.


Beer Birthday: Hildegard Van Ostaden

Today is the 40th birthday of Hildegard Van Ostaden, brewmaster at Urthel, one of only two female brewers working in Belgium. Inspired by a trip to Alaska’s barleywine festival, she also brewed the first American-style Imperial IPA in Belgium. Her beers are all great, and I love the illustrations on the labels that her husband Bas does. Join me in wishing Hildegard a very happy birthday.

Hildegard with Brian Hunt of Moonlight Brewing at the Beer Chef’s Urthel dinner.

Outside the Falling Rock, fellow GABF judges Carl Kins, from the EBCU (on left), and Hildegard (on right) along with her husband Bas (in the middle) during GABF in 2007.

Bas van Ostaden, Bruce Paton and Hildegard after their dinner in 2007.

Patent No. 732350A: Brew-House-Apparatus Equipment

Today in 1903, US Patent 732350 A was issued, an invention of Max Henius, for his “Brew-House-Apparatus Equipment.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

My invention relates to an improvement in the equipment of apparatus employed in the department of a brewery known as the brewhouse, which is devoted to the operation of producing the wort by practicing the several generally-stated steps of making the mash, drawing off and hopping and boiling the resultant wort, separating the hopped wort from the hops, and finally cooling the hopped wort preparatory to pumping it into the fermentation-vat.

Hitherto the equipment employed in the manufacture of the wort in the brew-house has involved a multiplicity of apparatus, which has rendered not only the installation of the plant in the matter of building and apparatus but also the maintenance and operation very expensive.

The object of my improvement is to simplify the apparatus equipment for a brewhouse by reducing to the minimum the number of apparatuses for practicing the several necessary steps in wort manufacture by adapting a number of the comparatively few apparatuses provided to perform each several of the steps of the process Where hitherto a separate apparatus was in most or at least some instances required for the practice of each separate step.


Beer In Ads #1601: Beer Is A Food

Monday’s ad is for Ruppert’s Knickerbocker — The Beer That Satisfies — from 1914. The Jacob Ruppert Brewery in New York put out this priceless ad during the inevitable march to prohibition, six years before it was enacted. They were obviously still hoping to turn public opinion with this great copy. “For the good of the public health, it is highly desirable that all prejudice against beer should be removed. This prejudice is held exclusively by people who do not drink beer.” The ad continues by listing great reasons why beer is so awesome. Unfortunately, it didn’t work.