Proud To Be An American Beer Drinker: Summer Kickoff

John Ryan
By John Ryan Fry Bartender

Happy summer friends! I hope everyone was able to make it through that frosty and harsh winter!  Now that the weather is really starting to heat up, I’m sure all of you, like me, are ready to kick back, relax, and pick up a frosty pint to cool off.  After getting in the spirit over the weekend with Independence Day, I couldn’t be more excited to announce that we will be celebrating American beers this month down at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room!  And what better way to kick things off then to reflect on why beer is such a part of America’s pastime.

Since the discovery of the new world, beer has been at its very foundation.  In fact, beer was one of the things that helped colonist survive their first cruel American winter.  In Europe at the time, the water was severely polluted with waste and disease. Europeans would grow ill and actually die from simply drinking a cup of water. However, back in the Americas, colonists were brewing beer like there were no tomorrow.  The cooking process of turning water, barley and yeast into ale would kill off the deadly bacteria. The fact that now so few people were dying of these illnesses led to numerous misconceptions and rumors about beer.  Many believed it lead to divine intervention in repelling sickness! Due to the perceived ‘holy’ power of the ale it actually became the most preferred and consumed beverage of the time and gained overwhelming popularity.

Flash forward to the 19th century.  Here we find that due to our deep rooted history and love for beer, one of the most valuable inventions came about.  The refrigerator was used in the Munich region as well as all over Germany since the preferred temperature of beer was to be cold.  This concept opposed the British and their approach to ale, which was ideally to serve it at room temperature. When brewers from Germany immigrated to the United States, they introduced cold maturation lagers. The result of this was a high demand for beers to be served cold, thus sparking the innovation in refrigeration.

As a result of all of this wonderful history, Anheuser-Busch, Miller, Coors, and Pabst were able to grow into big name beers and land their spot on our American beer gala of the month! So this summer, while you’re enjoying fun in the sun and drinking a cold one, take a moment and cheers the beer pioneers of this great nation. That, or come on in to the Tap Room and indulge in some rich American history with us!  I’m more than happy to discuss American history and beer with anyone at the bar, and I’ll even fill you in on some of the new awesome promotions we have to offer.  Go USA, and go beer!

Until next time beer patrons.





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