Category: The Taproom

The Lager Beer Revolution in the United States

The Taproom is a monthly series that explores the rich history of all things beer. It is curated by Pavla Šimková. By Jana Weiß In November 2015, a record that had lasted 142 years was broken: for the first time since 1873, the peak number of…

The Birth and Quick Death of Canada’s First Commercial Brewery, 1671–1675

The Taproom is a monthly series that explores the rich history of all things beer. It is curated by Pavla Šimková. By Matthew Bellamy Few nations are more blessed by nature than Canada when it comes to brewing beer. The vast northern territory has ideal climatic…

Gaza’s Happy Hour? When Late Ottoman Palestine Met the Victorian Drinking Culture

The Taproom is a monthly series that explores the rich history of all things beer. It is curated by Pavla Šimková. By Dotan Halevy If we could travel back in time to the town of Gaza in March 1886, we would probably be joining a…

German Beer and the Making of a New China

The Taproom is a monthly series that explores the rich history of all things beer. It is curated by Pavla Šimková. By Shen Hou The first commercial filmed in China was a 1947 effort to sell Tsingtao Beer, one of the world’s most famous brands….

The Brewing Boom of the Middle Ages

The Taproom is a monthly series that explores the rich history of all things beer. It is curated by Pavla Šimková. By Richard W. Unger Until 1200, beer brewing in Europe was largely a small-scale affair. Hops soon changed that. Based on practices in Bremen…

The Reinheitsgebot: Between German Consumer Culture and the European Market

The Taproom is a monthly series that explores the rich history of all things beer. It is curated by Pavla Šimková. By Robert Terrell On 15 July, 1987, West German federal president Richard von Weizsäcker received a letter from one Andreas Z., which began: “Much…

Empire in a Bottle: Tales of a Beer Historian

The Taproom is a monthly series that explores the rich history of all things beer. It is curated by Pavla Šimková. By Malcolm F. Purinton “Why don’t you write your literature review about alcohol?” my African colonialism professor asked me during my master’s degree. “I…

The Global Invention of Lager Beer

The Taproom is a monthly series that explores the rich history of all things beer. It is curated by Pavla Šimková. By Jeffrey Pilcher “Around the World in 80 Beers.” It’s an arresting image of the globalization of beer. This map on the PureTravel website…

Un trago amargo—A Bitter Drink: Beer, Water, and Globalization

The Taproom is a monthly series that explores the rich history of all things beer. It is curated by Pavla Šimková. By Susan Gauss *(Featured image courtesy of Banco de imágenes de Mexicali Resiste) A truck drives down the street in Zaragoza, Coahuila, its loudspeaker…

Welcome to the Taproom

“Everyone’s Favorite Topic: Beer and the Rest of the World” By Pavla Šimková When I started doing research in beer history, I had no idea what I was getting into. I doubt there is a beer pun in the world I haven’t heard yet. People…