At the outset of his ruling in the 1842 case, Lockwood v. The Attorney-General, Chief Justice Denman stated:
The words of the act are: “No retailer or retailers of beer shall receive or take into, or have in his, her, or their custody or possession, or use or mix with or put into any worts or beer, any liquor, extract, calx, or other material or preparation for the purpose of darkening the colour of worts or beer, other than brown malt, ground or unground, as commonly used in brewing or shall receive or take into, or have in his, her, or their custody or possession, or use or mix with or put into any worts or beer, any molasses, honey, liquorice, vitriol, quassia, coculus Indie, grains of Paradise, Guinea pepper, or opium, or any extract or preparation of molasses, honey, or liquorice, &c. &c., or any article or preparation whatsoever for and as a substitute for malt or hops.”
Reuben Gray hosts the 100th gathering of The Session and asks blogs to write about “Resurrecting Lost Beer Styles.” Once upon a time, beer meant a certain thing. A recipe. A process. A product. Now? Now so much. The word "gose" gets added to something that tastes like Gatorade. Everything is Belgian. Mixing any article or preparation whatsoever for and as a substitute for malt or hops? Not a problem. It's still all beer and you can label it as whatever you want. And then the label becomes a brand and the brand a style. And then you win a prize. Which is what makes the modern non-resurrection resurrections such an excellent topic for The Session hitting a century. These are the times.