Patent No. D48217S: Design For A Drinking Glass

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Today in 1915, US Patent D48217 S was issued, an invention of Frederick E. Anderson, for his “Design for a Drinking Glass.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

I have invented a certain new, original, and ornamental Design for a Drinking-Glass, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the drawings forming a part thereof, wherein the side wall of the drinking glass is substantially straight from its lower end upwardly to a point near its top edge, at which point a pronounced outward curvature is developed in the form of a concavo convex bulge. This rounded or bulged formation is comparatively shallow vertically and terminates in the top edge, which edge is substantially in the plane of the straight side wall portion. It is thus characteristic of the design that the side of the glass presents a substantially straight line from its bottom to its top edge, save the outward bulge-which is adjacent to the top.

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Patent No. WO2007113292A3: Mashing Process

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Today in 2007, US Patent WO 2007113292 A3 was issued, an invention of Niels Elvig, for his “Mashing Process.” Here’s the Abstract:

The present invention provides processes for production of wort and beer from a granular starch adjunct grist mashed-in at a temperature below the gelatinization temperature of said starch.

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Anchor Christmas Ale 1990

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It’s day sixteen of my spring to Christmas featuring all 42 labels from Anchor’s Christmas Ale — a.k.a. Our Special Ale — all different beers (well, mostly different) and all different labels, each one designed by local artist Jim Stitt, up to and including this year’s label.

1990 was the sixteenth year that Anchor made their Christmas Ale, and this year marked the fourth year that Anchor’s Our Special Ale included spices. Like the previous three year’s, a spiced brown ale was created for the year’s Christmas Ale. This sixteenth label was inspired by the work of French artist Paul Cézanne.

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Patent No. 637826A: Combined Corkscrew And Valve For Beer Pumps

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Today in 1899, US Patent 637826 A was issued, an invention of Frank Preston, for his “Combined Corkscrew and Valve for Beer Pumps.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

The invention relates to a combined corkscrew and valve for beer-pumps.

The object of the present invention is to improve the construction of beer-pumps and to provide a simple, inexpensive, and efficient device designed more especially for use at picnics and for private use and adapted to serve as a corkscrew and capable of enabling the proper pressure to be maintained on a keg or other receptacle of beer or other liquid to maintain the same in a fresh condition until it is entirely consumed.

A further object of the invention is to provide a device of this character adapted to be readily carried in the pocket and capable of being quickly applied to a receptacle.

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Anchor Christmas Ale 1989

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It’s day fifteen of my trip down memory lane to Christmas featuring all 42 labels from Anchor’s Christmas Ale — a.k.a. Our Special Ale — all different beers (well, mostly different) and all different labels, each one designed by local artist Jim Stitt, up to and including this year’s label.

1989 was the fifteenth year that Anchor made their Christmas Ale, and this year marked the third year that Anchor’s Our Special Ale included spices. Like the previous two year’s, a spiced brown ale was created for the year’s Christmas Ale. This fifteenth label was a “Sycamore Maple” or “Acer pseudoplatanus.”

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Patent No. 184795A: Improvement In Vent-Valves For Casks

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Today in 1876, US Patent 184795 A was issued, an invention of Herman F. Peter, William A. Klinge, Paul Assman, and George Schweikert, for their “Improvement in Vent-Valves For Casks.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

Our invention relates to an improved vent-valve for casks, &c.

The invention consists, first, in the combination, with a perforated valve seat, formed on the end of a screw-threaded stem, of an elastic valve and strap or holder, to admit air to a cask, barrel, or other receptacle; second, in the combination, with the valve seat and its stem, of a guard or cap, removably secured to the stem of the valve-seat by a set-screw, whereby the valve is protected and its displacement prevented third, in the combination, with the stem of the valve-seat, constructed. with a conical bearing, of a nut having a conical bearing and an interposed elastic ring, whereby the ring may be set out by forcing the conical bearings toward each other.

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Beer Birthday: Rob Fullmer

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Today is the 50th birthday — the Big 5-0 — of Rob Fuller, who’s the executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. Before that he was the president of the Arizona Society of Homebrewers and was one of the writers online at the Beer PHXation Blog. Rob’s doing great things for Arizona beer and he’s always fun to run into at various beer events throughout the year. Join me in wishing Rob a very happy birthday.

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Rob at GABF earlier this year.

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Rob, outstanding in his field of Arizona kegs.

Patent No. 268186A: Measuring Vessel

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Today in 1882, US Patent 268186 A was issued, an invention of George J. Gave, for his “Measuring Vessel.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

This invention relates to that class of measuring-vessels designed to automatically indicate from the outside the quantity of beer or other fermenting liquor as it is poured into said measuring vessels, the object being to save labor and material in the construction and render the vessels less liable to get out of repair.

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Patent No. 3774820A: Tapping Device For Beer Kegs

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Today in 1973, US Patent 3774820 A was issued, an invention of Homer R. Zucconi, for his “Tapping Device For Beer Kegs.” Here’s the Abstract:

Beer tapping attachments comprising a permanent keg unit including two normally closed spring-biased one-way valves to which unit is detachably secured a valve body which also includes two registering spring biased one-way valves, one connected to a source of air under pressure and the other to a beer spigot. All four valves are yieldably opened when the valve body is connected to the keg unit.

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Anchor Christmas Ale 1988

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It’s day fourteen of my fall flight to Christmas featuring all 42 labels from Anchor’s Christmas Ale — a.k.a. Our Special Ale — all different beers (well, mostly different) and all different labels, each one designed by local artist Jim Stitt, up to and including this year’s label.

1988 was the fourteenth year that Anchor made their Christmas Ale, and this year marked the second year that Anchor’s Our Special Ale included spices. Like last year’s, a spiced brown ale was created for the year’s Christmas Ale. This fourteenth label was a “White Spruce” or “Picea glauca.”

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