Monday, October 31, 2011

Ghouls, Goblins and Beer

On this frightful day of ghouls and goblins of all shapes and sizes, let us pause to toast a singularly important individual. Joseph Bramah of Yorkshire, England (1748-1814) on this date applied for his beer engine patent. Bramah was a proficient inventor, having devised the Bramah lock, the hydraulic press, the rotary engine, the first pumper fire truck, and other important inventions during England's Industrial Age. But he will, perhaps, best be remembered for the device that led to frothy suds, the beer engine device that became the precursor to the beer tab. England's Patent Office bestowed Patent No. 2196 on this device. Subsequent adaptations lead to the beer faucet (U.S. Patent No. 325,316, issued Sept. 1, 1885 to E.A. Byrne and J. P. Lenahan), a close cousin to today's beer tap.

There is an additional patent that Bramah obtained that in some circles closely compliments the beer engine. That is, Bramah received an English patent for the flushing toilet in 1778.

So, here's to Bramah. Tonight, let us offer up a toast!
Joseph Bramah (1748 - 1814)

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