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July 1, 2013

Top Fermentation - July 2013

Just as there once was a Camelot, there was a time not so long ago when July was known as American Beer Month. Now, not only is there no longer a month dedicated to American beer; there’s also not all that much American beer…

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June 1, 2013

Top Fermentation - June 2013

Julius Caesar invaded Britain for the first time in 55 B.C. A more successful Roman invasion occurred nearly 100 years later in 43 A.D. under the Emperor Claudius. The conquest was solidified over the next 34 years, leading to the installation of Julius Agricola as Britain’s Imperial Governor in 77 A.D. In 122 A.D. Hadrian’s Wall, which was named for the incumbent emperor, was constructed from the North Sea to the Irish Sea and marked the northernmost boundary of the Roman Empire. Within this boundary the Romans established numerous forts (castra), the English versions of which live on in the names of towns ending in “cester” (Worcester and Leicester), “caster” (Lancaster) and “chester” (Winchester and Manchester). The Roman occupation continued until 407 A.D., when Constantine III withdrew the last Roman legion and took it to Gaul…

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May 1, 2013

Top Fermentation - May 2013

Turmoil in the banking industry isn’t the only crisis to hit Cyprus in the past few years. There was also a major flap involving the KEO Brewery, whose largest shareholder is the Orthodox Church of Cyprus. According to Agence France Presse, a bottle of KEO beer was prominently featured in a movie that included scenes shot in a Greek tavern in New York. While most businesses would appreciate product placement of this sort, the Cypriot Orthodox clergy were not amused by the highly pornographic nature of the movie in question. Anticipating the inevitable questions from alert readers (ARs) whose inquiring minds want to know, I do not know the name of the movie or the Greek tavern where these scenes were filmed…

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April 2, 2013

Top Fermentation - April 2013

Back in 1970, when I was in army basic training at Fort Jackson, SC, the men in my unit spent a lot of time complaining about officers and making fun of them. We ridiculed everyone in our chain of command from President Richard Nixon…

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March 1, 2013

Top Fermentation - March 2013

Harvard University and I have something in common: a birthday. I was born on October 28, 1948 at the old St. John’s Hospital in the Central West End. More than three centuries earlier, on October 28, 1636, the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony had passed…

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February 1, 2013

Top Fermentation - February 2013

I take great pride in this column’s commitment to taking on issues of global significance. In that spirit I think it’s appropriate to say something about the nation’s colossal trade deficit. As an American-owned brewery—over 90% of the beer consumed in the United States is brewed in foreign-owned breweries…

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December 31, 2012

Top Fermentation - January 2013

The St. Louis Walk of Fame on Delmar in the University City Loop includes some distinguished poets who have at one time or another called St. Louis home: Maya Angelou, T. S. Eliot and Eugene Field among them.  It also includes the eminently quotable Yogi Berra, who’s almost as famous for his aphorisms as for his baseball skills.  Someone who is not included, but in my opinion deserves to be considered, is James Milton Campbell, Jr., aka Little Milton, who penned…

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November 30, 2012

Top Fermentation - December 2012

Schlafly Beer will officially celebrate its 21st birthday on December 26th.  As a former English major I naturally turned to the world of literature to find the meaning of this milestone, specifically A Shropshire Lad by A. E. Housman:

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say…

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October 30, 2012

Top Fermentation - November 2012

My mother, Adelaide Mahaffey Schlafly, was born on July 19, 1915, five years before the first presidential election in which women were allowed to vote. Thirty-three years later, in 1948, it wasn’t a legal prohibition that prevented her from voting in the presidential election…

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October 1, 2012

Top Fermentation - October 2012

To paraphrase Frank Sinatra, 1964 was a very good year for lots of reasons. It was the year of the so-called British invasion, when the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was the year Ford introduced the Mustang to the public…

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