Brewing in America

Brewing in America began long before European settlers ever set foot on our shores.  Native Americans developed brewing techniques like almost all other civilizations around the world.  Tribes in the American Southwest and Mexico created a beverage call tiswin, a corn-based fermented drink.  They also produced a wine using the saguaro cactus called nawai.  Legend even has it that the reason...
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Homefield Grill January 2013 Beer Dinner

As per usual, Walt Powell’s monthly beer dinners at Homefield Grill do not disappoint. I have had the pleasure of going to them for about two years now. They have awesome food themes and even better beer. This month the theme was breakfast, which is my favorite meal of the day. Needless to say I was very excited.
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Introducing: Monica Marler

I love creating things in the kitchen, so home brewing was the natural next step where I could foster this new love of fermentation and hops. Fast forward a few years and though I don’t brew like I use to, the growing beer scene in Texas keeps me just as excited as that first day. I hope to share just a tad bit of that enthusiasm with you.
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The Beginning of Modern Brewing

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, feudalism and Christianity take hold in Germany and most of central Europe.  There are hundreds of recorded laws in the first millenium C.E. that specifically address beer production.  The most interesting  (at least to me) is that even the great Charlemagne had laws written regarding beer production.  He was even known to drink and enjoy beer...
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History of the World part 2

As the Sumerian Dynasty wained and eventually assimilated with the Akkadians, a city-state called Babylon began its rise to power.  Babylon became significant under the rule of its sixth king, Hammurabi, who ruled from 1792-1750 BCE.  Hammurabi is probably best remembered from middle school history class for his system of laws, the Code of Hammurabi.  It was this set of laws that gave us rules...
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History of the World part 1

It’s just beer, right?  Why are the History and Discovery Channels doing specials on beer?  If you believe the History Channel, then you know that the answer is: Joking aside, the invention and subsequent influence yielded by beer helped shape civilization as we know it.   Beer dates back to early Mesopotamia and traces of it have been found in cultures all over the world.   It may...
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