When Handan told me she was going to make some beer and whiskey patent art printables to go along with the wine patent art we just released, I was thrilled. Though wine has been a passion of mine as a seasoned adult, it was beer that captured my heart as a rollicking youth. I couldn’t get enough of it! Lagers, ales, light, dark – you name it, I drank it. Like many young men in the early 90s, I fell in love with the craft beer movement that had started to sweep the nation. I even dabbled in making the stuff myself.
I brewed my first beer when I was a senior in college. My best friend Tom and I loved our barley-brewed beverages, so we thought it would be a grand idea to learn how to make our own. On a crisp autumn Saturday in September of 1993, we headed out into Vermont’s Champlain Valley in search of brewing supplies as the Green Mountains that surrounded us glowed red, orange and gold in the brilliant morning light. Those were the days before the internet, and we felt like pioneers lighting out into uncharted territories with only our instincts and a book called The Complete Joy of Homebrewing as our guides.
In the car, we took stock of our needs as college students: caffeine, food and alcohol – the three pillars of collegiate existence. We thus decided that our first brew would be a coffee stout, made with Vermont’s own Green Mountain Coffee. It would be the perfect Saturday morning beer. Thick enough to serve as breakfast, caffeinated to clear the cobwebs from Friday’s indulgences, and brewed with just enough of a kick to keep us feeling like we were still making good decisions.
We found a home-brew supply store somewhere in the Champlain Valley, and the rest is history. Our coffee stout was born, and my love affair with fermentation was kindled. Tom and I went on to make a few more beers together, including a delightful Christmas ale brewed with cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg, but that first coffee stout was my favorite.
I think we only drank it once on an actual Saturday morning. The “Saturday morning beer” concept worked better on paper than in real life, but we did eventually work our way through the several cases that we brewed. A year after graduation, Tom and I rented an apartment together in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1995-1996, and he still had a decent stock of the coffee stout and the Christmas ale.
Okay, maybe they weren’t as good as I remember, if it took almost 3 years to finish a couple of cases!
Humans have been enjoying beer and suffering its consequences for over 9000 years. That’s a staggering amount of time! Recorded history only stretches back about 5500 years. Who knows, maybe during those first 3500 years of alcohol, man was just too drunk to figure out how to codify language in writing.
So with thoughts of drunken Sumerians getting in fistfights with camels by the banks of the Euphrates River, let’s move on to the whiskey patent art.
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