The Schlafly Beer Employee Blog

June 2, 2016

Top Fermentation - June 2016

The Chilton Club in Boston is housed in a magnificent clubhouse on Commonwealth Avenue. It was founded in 1910 as a club for women who wanted to partake of wine and liquor, unlike the prohibitionist members of the Mayflower Club. It was named for…

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May 1, 2016

Top Fermentation - May 2016

Some alert readers (ARs) may recall from last month’s column that Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare both died on April 23, 1616. What I failed to mention was that the 400th anniversary of their respective deaths was the quincentennial…

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April 1, 2016

Top Fermentation - April 2016

To dream the impossible dream.
To fight the unbeatable foe.
To bear with unbearable sorrow.
To run where the…

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March 7, 2016

Top Fermentation - March 2016

While many alert readers (ARs) undoubtedly know that now is the time when major league baseball teams decamp to Florida or Arizona for spring training, many may not be aware that teams used to spend their springs in the appropriately named city of Hot Springs, AR (as in Arkansas, not alert readers). The custom originated in 1886, when Cap Anson, the manager and first baseman of the Chicago White Stockings (now the Chicago Cubs), brought his team south to soak in the mineral baths and “boil out…

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February 1, 2016

Top Fermentation - February 2016

George Washington  and Abraham Lincoln have several things in common.  Both were born in February.  They are the only American presidents whose birthdays have been celebrated as national holidays (since combined as Presidents’ Day).  And each was renowned for his honesty.  The most famous quotation attributed to George Washington, albeit apocryphally, is probably…

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January 1, 2016

Top Fermentation - January 2016

Long before President Barack Obama assured Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would be a lot more flexible with Russia after his 2012 election; and long before Donald Trump told the American public that he could get along very well with Russian President Vladimir Putin; and long before Putin returned the favor by praising The Donald as…

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December 14, 2015

Top Fermentation - November 2015

Alert readers (ARs) who follow baseball probably know that Game 2 of the 2015 World Series will be played on Wednesday, October 28 in the American League city. This is the fourth anniversary of the Cardinals’ victory in Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. I was fortunate enough…

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October 8, 2015

Top Fermentation - October 2015

Alert readers (ARs) who follow baseball probably know that Game 2 of the 2015 World Series will be played on Wednesday, October 28 in the American League city. This is the fourth anniversary of the Cardinals’ victory…

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September 8, 2015

Top Fermentation - September 2015

Donald Trump was newsworthy long before his memorable claim that Fox News host Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever.”  For several years  The Donald had been making headlines by demanding to see…

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June 30, 2015

Top Fermentation - July 2015

As alert readers (ARs) of this column may recall, the Schlaflys in America are part of the Swiss diaspora. Mindful of this heritage, I don’t want to overlook Swiss Independence Day on August 1st. This is the anniversary of the Bundesbrief (Federal Charter) adopted by the communes of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden in 1291…

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