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Posted By Jay Sheveck (The Beer Guppy™)

Well, things didn't quite work out for my 2009 NHC coverage. It would have been a nice update to the NHC footage I filmed back in 1998. Bummer.

In the meantime, however, I've been steadily whittling away at the newly digitized master tapes. It is a wonderful thing to work from firewire hard drives vs uploaded window-dub VHS tapes (sans timecode).

I should have a new promotional teaser ready by summer's end.

And lastly, I will be filming one last time in September. It will be a big shoot; in a dozen different locations spanning two states. That's all for now.

Posted By Jay Sheveck (The Beer Guppy™)

I just got word that all 75+ hours of early footage has been successfully digitized for the edit! (Thank you Darren!)

Great news and an amazing effort. Beer Pioneers has finally joined the 21st Century.

Posted By Jay Sheveck (The Beer Guppy™)

I'm (tentatively) heading off to the National Homebrewers Convention in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday to tape new interviews and event coverage for the doc.

The only caveat is that the equipment reservation has yet to be finalized. The media passes were ok'd, and crew organized, but I'm scrambling to lock down a "good" camera package for the $$ on hand.

Hopefully by Weds I'll know for sure. Perhaps I'll see you there? Send me an e-mail if you're attending and want to possibly meet up.

Posted By Jay Sheveck (The Beer Guppy™)

An interesting e-mail I received from Todd B. Kimmell that I think is worth sharing with his permission:

"In the late 70s and 80s, a New Jersey historian named Dr. Henry Bisbee plotted out the grounds of the first governor of West Jersey's late 1600s mansion, including his various outbuildings and neighbors, near the Delaware River in Burlington, NJ. He had the help of civil engineers and other historians, and used old photos, drawings, written descriptions, and especially deed surveys from 1745.

They drew up a plot plan based on all that, using similar 17th century local and British designs to create a three dimensional view of what the whole compound should have looked like.

The only remaining building from the 1600s was the brew house, which had been doubled in size and turned into a domicile about 1770, and added onto further approximately 1850- 1870.

The brew house, known locally as Ivy Cottage is oddly situated and oddly shaped... only if you look at it as a Georgian home. As an outbuilding from the late 1600s, it is neither oddly shaped nor oddly situated. It makes perfect sense.

Dr. Bisbee loved Ivy Cottage, and lobbied repeatedly for the City of Burlington to purchase it. He included all the facts and history he could uncover and all legends and rumors as well concerning the old brew house in his xeroxed newsletter, The Burlington Story. The thoroughly researched plot plan and all the other Ivy Cottage info never made it beyond his newsletter, which has been collected and stored in the Burlington County Historical Society library.

My wife and I bought the place because it was an oddball Georgian home near the river, and we could watch people along the Promenade and boats on the Delaware River from our second floor bedroom.

When I pulled the ceiling down in the dining room, I found construction techniques and materials that I'd never seen before. I'd grown up in Squire Cheyney's 1740s house in Cheyney, PA, and had been in and out of renovations and restorations of similar structures my whole life. This was different. Broad boards hit with an ax and spread apart, then nailed up to sizeable beams with very large, very early nails. Then, the whole thing was mucked with a thick coat of plaster. I knew we'd mastered horse powered or people powered lath, skinny lath, pretty early, so this had to be WAY early.

I went to the County Historical Society to find out more about the place, and thats when I uncovered Dr. Bisbee's research. He never had the opportunity to see the actual brew house within the Georgian home, but he'd plotted it exactly, as my renovations clearly revealed.

That we opened up so much more of the house clearly showed the drastically different construction methods and materials between the late 1600s brew house and the mid 1700s Georgian home built up, over and around it.

I believe this makes Ivy Cottage the oldest brewery in America. Jamestown might have post holes identified as where the brewery might have been, and our beloved Yuengling will always be the oldest continually brewing brewery, but it is a comparative snot nosed kid next to Ivy Cottage.

I believe Ivy Cottage is it.

Anyway, please give these links a look, and consider sharing it with others.

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