Patent No. 256550A: Cooling Beer

Today in 1882, US Patent 256550 A was issued, an invention of David W. Davis, for his “Cooling Beer.” There’s no Abstract, but in the description states the following:

My invention consists in a new process ot cooling beer, which process can be applied to most of the devices in use for that purpose, und especially to that class of coolers known as the Baudelot Cooler, and the process is produced by the device that will be fully hercinafter described.


Beer Birthday: Alan McLeod

Today is also beer blogger extraordinaire Alan McLeod’s 52nd birthday. Alan runs a good beer blog, called — curiously enough — A Good Beer Blog. I’m not sure what came first, the goodness or the blog. Anyway, though I’ve yet to meet Alan in person I feel as if he’s already a great, not just good, friend through our many conversations via e-mail and commenting on one another’s blogs. If you haven’t read his essay in the book Beer & Philosophy yet, rush right out and buy yourself a copy. He also published The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer, with Max Bahnson, available as a Kindle single on Amazon, and last year co-wrote both Upper Hudson Valley Beer and Ontario Beer: A Heady History of Brewing from the Great Lakes to Hudson Bay. Join me in wishing Alan the very merriest of birthdays. Cheers, mate.

Alan pondering the mysteries of Stonehenge at age 7.

A night with bald pate, circa 2002.

Contemplating a jump near Prince Edward Island a dozen years ago. Happily, he decided against getting wet.

Letting everyone know his status as a VIP at an event in 2012. [Note: photo purloined from Facebook.]

Patent No. 6051212A: Process For Producing Yeast Extract

Today in 2000, US Patent 6051212 A was issued, an invention of Hisao Kado, Takumi Shibata, Fujio Kobayashi, and Masaki Kubota, assigned to Sapporo Breweries Limited, for their “Process for Producing Yeast Extract.” Here’s the Abstract:

In accordance with the present invention, it is provided a method for producing a yeast extract with the improvement in the color and odor characteristic to yeast extract and with no modification of the useful substances such as amino acid, etc. compared with conventional yeast extract.

By a simple method in accordance with the present invention, color and characteristic odor can be removed, with almost no loss of the contents of useful substances such as amino acid, etc. from the yeast extract solution produced in a conventional manner. Because the resulting yeast extract can be mixed with other materials for use, the yeast extract is applicable to various fields, for example for cosmetic products and healthy foods other than seasonings, which expectantly enlarges the applicable range of the yeast extract.

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Beer Birthday: Neil Miller

Today is the birthday of New Zealand beer writer Neil Miller. He writes regularly for Beer and Brewer magazine, the beer blog at Real Beer NZ and the Malthouse Blog. Though born in Scotland — Broxburn — he now calls Wellington his home. I met Neil when he was vising the states with Luke Nicholas and other New Zealand beer aficionados for the Craft Brewers Conferences in 2009. They came over early to tour the west coast before CBC began in San Diego that year. We met up at my local brewpub, Moylan’s, and Neil hilariously tells a story about that meeting that I was completely unaware of at the time. Thanks to the series of tubes known as the internet, we’ve managed to keep in touch since then. Join me in wishing Neil a very happy birthday.

Neil in his cups at his table at the Malthouse

Behind the bar at the Mussel Inn.

With recently married Kate Pullar. The correct caption: “when are you going to buy me another of these Epic Armageddon IPAs?”
[Note: Photos Purloined from Facebook.]

Beer In Ads #1528: Drink Sober-Up

Friday’s ad is for a soft drink called Sober-Up, from 1945. While not a beer, the idea that they’d call it “Sober-Up” is too funny, and given my week at CBC in Portland coming to an end, appropriate. Apparently, “It’s A Lifesaver,” and it’s also “Fit For A King.” But the best is the other slogan on the bottle, which is something that seems almost too cheesy to be real. “It’s the Best … Beat’s the Rest.” The ad was done by Hungarian artist Julius Erbit, who also did a well-known pin-up ad for Senate Beer & Ale in 1942.


Patent No. 189795A: Vent Attachments For Beer-Barrels

Today in 1877, US Patent 189795 A was issued, an invention of Freidrich Schtultz, for his “Improvement In Vent Attachments For Beer-Barrels.” There’s no Abstract, but according to the description, the “invention relates to a device for admitting air into beer-barrels, in order that the beer may be drawn therefrom, and at the same time prevent the escape of any of the gases arising from the beer.”

Patent No. PP9511P: Hops Named “Furano No. 18″

Today in 1996, US Patent PP9511 P was issued, an invention of Tokio Tanikoshi, Yasunori Arai, Yutaka Itoga, Masanobu Goto, and Narushi Suda, assigned to Sapporo Breweries Limited, for their “Hops Named ‘Furano No. 18.'” Here’s the Abstract:

A new and distinct variety of Hops, named Hokuto-Ace, is described, which matures rapidly, has excellent bitterness and aroma, and exhibits increased disease resistance, particularly toward downy mildew and gray mold.


Patent No. 401406A: Construction Of Beer Engines

Today in 1889, US Patent 401406 A was issued, an invention of James Amasa Bigelow, for his “Construction Of Beer Engines.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states the following. “My invention relates to apparatus for drawing beer or other liquids from a receptacle in a cellar or adjacent store-room and delivering the same to other receptacles upon a bar counter; and its objects are to provide a simple and efficient apparatus of this character in which the beer or liquids may be cooled or warmed, as desired, and in which also several kinds of beer may be mixed before delivery, and which apparatus may be readily put in order by an unskilled person should any oi` its parts become disarranged during its operation.”