Here are some interesting facts, fables and trivia about beer in general:
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The refillable container called the growler has been in use at least since the late 19th hormonal and non-hormonal drugs century. Originating as a galvanized pail for transporting beer, it was popular in the USA and England before the days of mass production of bottles and cans. The term growler was first referred to in print in 1883 in an American publication. There are a number of proposed origins for the word “growler”, but here are the best two I can find:
– As the thirsty beer lover hastened towards the inn to fill up his bucket, he was seen as “like a hunting dog chasing the prey” – a growler.
– This one is good: there used to be a measure of ale in medieval England, called the firkin. A ninth of this was called a growler, making it equal to 8 pints, (although it may have been spelled grauler then).
In Sydney, a growler is 1.8 to 2 litres, and a squealer is about half of that. In some parts of the USA, the squealer is known as a howler.
The Latin name for the common hop is Humulus lupulus , which broadly translates to “little earth wolf”. That’s a very cool name in itself, but the hop is also a member of the family of plants called Cannabaceae – a family that also includes the Cannabis plant.
Dogs and Hogs
HopDog (BeerWorks) is a superb craft brewery, based in Nowra, NSW. This is not at all related to the beer called Hop Hog, which is brewed in Western Australia.
The Goblin and the Elf
Happy Goblin is a craft beer brewed near Sydney, and has no connection to the beers called Wicked Elf, which originate from the Little Brewing Company at Port Macquarie on the NSW coast. However, there was a rumour that the Goblin was happy because of something wicked he did to the Elf…I blame it on the beer.
The Story of Porter
Back in eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain, a porter wasn’t just someone who carried your bags at the railway station. To transport all sorts of items across the big cities, such as food, furniture, coal, salt and even the local mail, required a dedicated army of people to move all this stuff around. Horses with carts were quite expensive and the domain of the rich – man power was much cheaper and more readily available. The porters would load up with sacks of potatoes in Shoreditch and then wheel them all the way to the West End of London – hot and thirsty work even in cold old England.
Anyway, with all this expenditure of energy, the choice of refreshment for these men was a newly popular dark beer. The use of intensely roasted barley malt gave it an almost black colour, and it was slightly sour and tangy to really hit the spot. This beer soon became the namesake of its favourite tipplers – Porter. From being a really commonplace beer, it steadily became almost unknown in Australia, as the uniform clear, pale lagers took hold. Well, good news; with the rise of craft beer, Porter, as well as many other beers, is making a strong comeback.
Brewery names confuse me (as you can tell). The St Peters Brewery in Sydney makes many beers, including the really good Thunderbolt Strong Ale. If you are Googling beers from Sydney, be aware that there is also St Peter’s Brewery in Suffolk, England. The main difference is that one has an apostrophe, and the other doesn’t. Both spellings are correct – the Sydney beer is named after the suburb in which it is located. The English brewery is named after St Peter, the well-known saint. Personally, I prefer a beer made without apostrophes.
What’s a Cascade?
Cascade Brewery is Australia’s oldest, running since 1824. It is in Hobart, Tasmania. There is also a Cascade Brewing company in Portland, Oregon, USA. Cascade is also a variety of hop, and a cascade is… a type of waterfall. Just be careful when you Google the word “cascade” when searching for beers.
Pale ale is gaining in popularity in Sydney, thanks to the rise of craft beers. Pale Ale is noted for being full of taste with hop bitterness and malty flavours. I prefer the ales to the mainstream lagers.
IPA is India Pale Ale, and there are American, English and other India Pale Ales. Why India Pale Ale? Many years ago, when British people in India wanted an ale what was like back ‘ome, they found that the usual ales brewed in England didn’t keep very well on the long sea voyage to India. The long time at sea combined with the heat could spoil the beer. So they made a brew with more hops, malt and alcohol, put it into barrels and then sent it to the East. The ale kept better, the taste was fantastic (with a curry) and IPA has been a traditional beer ever since.
Yes, you really can get an American India Pale Ale – and even a dark India Pale Ale, (Dark, pale…what’s that about?).
The shipping canals that linked up Britain were begun in the 18th century, and were all dug by hand. Guys with picks and shovels. They worked for up to twelve hours a day, and it took a year to train someone to become fit enough to carry out this extremely strenuous work. They were called “navigational engineers” or Navvies for short. Mechanical equipment wasn’t widely available until late in the 19th century. It required pure muscle, and a pick and shovel were the only tools available.
What did they eat and drink? Beef and beer was the fuel. They were given large amounts of ale and meat, and this enabled them to dig for hours every day, week after week. The longest canal in England is the Leeds to Liverpool, a distance of 204 kilometres (127 miles). It was started in 1770, and took 40 years to complete. Now that’s beer power.
What is a Brewing Company Exactly ?
A craft brewery isn’t always set among rolling fields, with the brewmaster leaning on a wooden gate as laughing, red-cheeked hop pickers toss baskets of the fragrant flowers into bubbling brewing vats. There are a few breweries around Sydney a bit like that… But now the AWFUL TRUTH.
Another way to become a brewing company and make craft beer is to be a gypsy or cuckoo brewer. You can purchase time at someone’s brewery facility to make a beer to your own recipe. You can even use more than one brewery. Everyone is happy – the gypsy brewer makes the beer and takes it away, and the brewery owner makes money by renting out the brewery equipment.
There are also larger, specialised breweries, which exist solely to brew beer for anyone who wants to front up with a recipe of choice – and some money. The brewer will then probably also bottle it, label it and package it up for distribution.
None of this detracts from the romance of the beer. Actually, when you think about it, the whole system works pretty well. Many wine companies have been operating in a similar way for decades.