The Lesson of Löwenbräu
In the Middle Ages an inn or pub would often brew their own beer with varying degrees of success. One English inn produced such a bad beer that a riot ensued. In Germany the Lion's Inn has produced a reasonably good beer and they have registered a trademark that remains to this day.... a stylized lion. Löwenbräu means "Lion's Brew". It is impossible to verify but a commercial from the 1980s claimed that in 1383 their beer was considered so valuable, they were forced to chain a lion to the barrels to protect their beer. Please follow the link to see the commercial for yourself. Löwenbräu is currently owned by InBev which sports the brand names of Beck, Michelob and Budweiser.      
The Bastille and the Key
In case anyone was worried... the construction of infamous Bastille has been completed. Currently it is a fort defending the eastern approach to Paris. It will become a prison for the upper-class shortly before 1659. Compared to other prisons the Bastille will not be too bad. One will be able to find a game of cards or billiards and smoking is allowed but over time the Bastille will get a bad reputation, primarily because the King will round up subversive writers. This tactical error predates the Mark Twain aphorism: "Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel." After the Storming of the Bastille in 1789, the Marquis de Lafayette will send the Bastille key to George Washington, first handing it to Thomas Payne and eventually reaching Washington himself. The key to the Bastille remains on display at Mount Vernon.  
This Year on Wikipedia
Year 1383, Wikipedia.
- Löwenbräu - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Lowenbrau Commercial: Lions Protecting Beer Barrels. YouTube.com. 1988-Sep-04 (TV COMMERCIAL)
- Löwenbräu AG: Company History, Answers.com. 2014 [last update]
- Löwenbräu, JamesBondLifestyle.com, 2014 [last update] note: This is a trivia page regarding James Bond and Löwenbräu Beer.
- Löwenbräu Logo, Freevector.com, 2014 [last update]
- AB InBev brands - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Diamond, Jared. How to Organize a Rich and Successful Group: Lessons from Natural Experiments in History. American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 53, No. 4 (Mar. - Apr., 2000), pp. 20-33. (JOURNAL) quote="The Lowenbrau in US stores is not brewed in Germany; it's brewed here, on license, with American productivity and efficiencies of scale."
- Bastille Key - George Washington's Mount Vernon, MountVernon.org, 2014 [last update]
- Bastille - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Storming of the Bastille - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C. - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Tadeusz Kościuszko - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]