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22 Januar, 2010 (14:45) | Food & Beverages, History | By: pooq

In the current post the blog gives a „short history of bottled beer“: „Bottled beer was invented in Hertfordshire some 440 years ago“. The story is that the parish priest Dr Alexander Nowell simply forgot a „bottle filled with home brewed ale“ when he left his spot after a fine day of fishing. When he returned he found his bottle but meanwhile the ale has „undergone a secondary fermentation in the bottle“ and due to the carbon dioxide that has devoloped „he found no bottle, but a gun, such was the sound at the opening thereof“. Inventions often had their cause in blunders and forgetfulness and I believe that it could be the reason in that case too. But I don’t believe that it could be said that clearly who was the first who made the said experience. I think it more likely that this simply is the oldest historic source which was written down and survived until now. And the author also has doubts in this story. Anyway.

At the beginning the main „problem was that the hand-blown glass bottles of the time could not take the strain of the CO2 pressure“. But with the ongoing time this problem could be solved and „bottled ale did become increasingly available“ in the middle of the 17th century. Though it step by step got more pupular still „bottled beer remained a luxury, and generally only used for the export market, for another 150 years.“ One of the reason was that „bottles themselves were expensive, and each one had to be filled and corked by hand“. As still for a long time the main problem was the price and availability of bottle which limited the production and sale of bottled beer it had a major increase in popularity „by the removal of glass tax in Britain in 1845.“ Until in 1879 „Henry Barrett invented the screwtop beer bottle“ and „William Painter, invented the crown cork in 1892“ beer bottle were still sealed by cork.

This shall be enough to give you an impression of the circumstantial blog article and maybe you want to read the exact history yourself in the blog. There you also will learn who the story continues in the more modern time starting with „Louis Pasteur in the 1870s“ and ending in the current century.