“Beer is the world’s most popular alcoholic drink, and yet it is often taken for granted. It can have as many nuances of color, aroma, and taste as a fine wine, and it is a drink of wonderful, life-enhancing complexity. The better you understand beer, the more you will enjoy it.”   -Michael Jackson       This…

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  Styles of Beer: Characteristics and Origins presented by Paul Young and Joe McAllister Tuesday, April 20th at 7:00   How many different styles of beer are there? Is Hazy IPA the same as New England IPA? What is the true story on the origins of IPA? Is an ale a better beer than a…

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Quote of the Month  “Bless, O Lord, this creature beer, which thou hast deigned to produce from the fat of grain: that it may be a salutary remedy to the human race, and grant through the invocation of thy holy name; that, whoever shall drink it, may gain health in body and peace in soul…” …

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Covering Craft Beer in Pittsburgh Bob Batz Jr. Tuesday, March 23rd at 7:00 Bob Batz Jr. will be our next guest presenter on Tuesday, March 23rd at 7:00. Bob will be speaking about “Covering Craft Beer in Pittsburgh.” Bob has been covering the craft beer seen in Pittsburgh for almost 30 years. In terms of…

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NextPittsburgh. December 10, 2020 BREW: The Museum of Beer is launching The Story of Beer online exhibit. https://nextpittsburgh.com/latest-news/brew-the-museum-of-beer-is-launching-the-story-of-beer-online-exhibit/ Breweries in PA. Brew: December 6, 2020. The Museum of Beer Launches Online Exhibit on “THE STORY OF BEER IN PENNSYLVANIA.” https://www.breweriesinpa.com/brew-the-museum-of-beer-launches-online-exhibit-on-the-story-of-beer-in-pennsylvania/  City Paper. December 15, 2020. Online exhibition about brewing in Pittsburgh and Pa. launches from…

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Stories from the front…and WWII’s influence on beer trends   Joe Willis needed something to drink.   The paratrooper had taken shrapnel in both legs while fighting as a member of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division to hold off a relentless German attack. Now, laying in a Belgian church that had been converted to…

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Many people assume that Prohibition was responsible for the demise of the local breweries. Of course, during Prohibition the number of legal breweries in the country fell to zero, but the decline actually started 45 years before national Prohibition took effect. The chart above shows the decline in the number of breweries from the 19th…

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In our next installments, we will take a look at the “bubble issue“ from a national perspective and consider whether Prohibition was responsible for the demise of local breweries. Make sure you are on our mailing list so that you will be notified when the next installment comes out. In our previous blog, we looked…

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