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  • 12 Days Of An American-Made Christmas: Win Jacob Bromwell Products on Facebook!

    Posted on December 5, 2017


    It's the most wonderful time of the year again -- the time when we run our annual 12 Days Of An American-Made Christmas Giveaway!


    Every day at noon EST, we announce a new product up for grabs! So far the prizes include our three-cup sized All-American Flour Sifter, World Famous Grater, Hudson Copper Card Holder, Executive Business Card Holder, and Harlem Letter Opener. All items are handcrafted in the USA (with the copper items hailing from Vermont) and suitable to give away as a gift for a loved one...or yourself!


    Although we're now halfway through the giveaway, you can enter to win every product right up until midnight EST on December 12. Just visit and like our Facebook page, and leave a comment for the prize(s) you'd like a shot at winning. We'll be using Woobox to randomly pick a winner for each prize on December 13 and contacting all winners then. Feel free to share each day's item with your friends, and good luck!


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  • Fun Facts About Oktoberfest

    Posted on September 21, 2017


    Oktoberfest 2017 is now well underway in Germany, having officially started this past Saturday. Several American cities and towns will be hosting their own Oktoberfest (or Octoberfest) celebrations as well. Many Germans immigrated to the U.S in the 1800s, bringing their customs and traditions with them. With so many Americans of German ancestry living in the U.S. today, it's not surprising that Oktoberfest gatherings are now a regular late summer/early autumn event in this country as well. Who would pass up an excuse to drink some good beer and nosh on German delicacies while enjoying camaraderie of fellow revelers?


    To get you into the Oktoberfest spirit, here are some wunderbar fun facts about the festival that takes place in Munich, Germany each year.


    *The first Oktoberfest was actually a wedding celebration. It took place in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian King Ludwig I and Maria Theresia of Saxonia at Therensienwiese (Theresia meadow) where it is still held today.


    *In 1819 (the same year our company was founded) the horse racing that accompanied Octoberfest was replaced by beer carts and a rule that the party should be held every year.


    *The Munich Oktoberfest begins on the first Saturday after September 15 and runs for 16 to 18 days. The event was moved up to September to take advantage of warmer temperatures and to accommodate the crowds.


    *You can’t leave with an official Oktoberfest mug unless you buy one. The one-liter glasses, or Masskrugs, are property of the beer hall or tent landlords. Last year over 226,000 glasses were recovered by security before patrons could sneak off with them. You can, however, purchase one on the grounds.


    *Only beer brewed within Munich’s city limits are allowed at the festival.


    *In 2016 visitors drank 1.8 million gallons of beer.


    *Many beers served at Oktoberfest are a little higher in alcohol compared to the average beer, at 7.5 to 8 percent. Those that pass out on the grounds from too much consumption have earned a nickname: Bierleichen or “beer corpses.”


    *Every year over 4,000 items go missing and turned up. This included a set of dentures in 2013.


    *Typical food items available include hendl (roast chicken), schweinsbraten (roast pork), haxn (pork knuckle), steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), wurstl (sausages), brezn (pretzel), knodeln (potato or bread dumplings), kaasspotzn (cheese noodles), reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), sauerkraut or rotkraut (pickled red cabbage), obatzda (a fatty, spiced cheese-butter concoction), and weisswurst (white sausage).


    *Don't be surprised to see young looking guests at Oktoberfest. The legal drinking age in Germany is 16 years old, and only 14 if accompanied by an adult.


    *The largest tent holds 10,000 seats.


    *No one is allowed to start drinking until noon when Munich’s mayor cracks open the first beer barrel and hands the first beer to the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria.


    *The biggest Oktoberfest held outside of Germany take place in Canada in Kitchener-Waterloo. The largest one held in the U.S. is Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati (held in Cincinnati) which takes place in mid-September and typically attracts over 500,000 patrons.


    Should you want to host your own Oktoberfest at home, our Ben Franklin Beer Stein is currently on sale at half off the regular price, now through September 30th. ('Ol Benny may have been American, but we highly doubt he would have passed up a chance to attend an event where beer is honored.) So raise a glass and say prost!

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  • Fun Facts About the Great American Eclipse

    Posted on August 19, 2017


    The year our founder started our company, 1819, there were three partial eclipses. The following year, a total eclipse. Coincidence? Maybe. Eclipses have been fascinating and frightening the earth’s population going back to ancient times. Most civilizations of days past considered them a sign of doom and gloom predicted generally bad things to come. One exception is a story about a battle between the Medes and the Lydians in the sixth century B.C. that took place during a total eclipse. Both sides took the darkening sky as a sign that they should make peace, so they did just that.


    Today, most people are aware that there’s nothing to fear about eclipses except for looking at them directly (always use special glasses made for eclipse viewing, or make an old school viewer by following these directions.) As the country gears up for the Great American Eclipse as it’s being called (since most of the U.S. will experience it’s effects) on Monday, August 21, here’s some fun facts and trivia about the event and eclipses in general.


    *There are 12 states that will offer the best viewing of the total eclipse, provided the skies are cloud-free: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. That’s because the eclipse’s path will travel from the northwest to the southeast, but most of the U.S. will experience it; they just won’t see a total eclipse, but a partial one depending on the location.


    *Those viewing the eclipse in the path of its totality should experience the height of darkness for 2 minutes and 40.2 seconds.


    *This is the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. The last one that was visible by most of the U.S. took place on February 26, 1979, and not everyone was lucky enough to witness it because of cloudy skies.

    *Nashville will be the American city with the best view. The city center and sections north should experience over two minutes of totality.

    *A solar eclipse can only take place during a new moon. The eclipse happens when the moon is in between the sun and the earth and that can only happen during the new moon lunar phase.

    *Both the sun and the moon appear to be the same size during an eclipse; of course, our daytime star has a diameter 400 times that of our moon.

    *In places experiencing totality, the birds may eerily stop chirping (thinking that it’s nightfall) and you may even see stars in the daytime sky. It’s also not unusual to experience a drop in temperature of up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

    *This astronomical event is visible to the naked eye. No telescope or binoculars needed but again, be safe and view through special eclipse glasses or a viewer.

    *This will be the most viewed eclipse in history, not just due to the population levels but because of the prevalence of social media, news coverage, and online sharing.

    *The next total solar eclipse that will include most of the U.S. will occur on April 8, 2024, with a path that runs from southwest to northeast.


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