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  • Beer Becomes the Latest Scarcity in a Venezuela Crippled by Shortages

    04/30/2016 2:57:13 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 69 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 29, 2016 | JUAN FORERO and MAYELA ARMAS
    CARACAS, Venezuela—The largest private Venezuelan company and producer of 80% of the beer consumed here began to shut down its last beer plant on Friday, the latest deprivation in a country crippled by shortages. After Empresas Polar SA closed its three other beer plants over the past several days, the shutting of the San Joaquin plant, near Valencia, will leave just a week’s supply of beer, the company said. Like many other firms here, Polar blames the government, which hasn’t allocated the dollars the company needs to pay for imported raw materials such as malted barley. President Nicolás Maduro’s government...
  • In Search of America's Most Coveted Beer (Pliny the Younger)

    04/27/2016 9:49:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Apr 27 2016 | Mike Vangel
    I first heard of Pliny the Younger from a fellow beer fanatic, who spoke in a hushed, reverential tone as he told me about the exorbitant lengths people go to for a glass. This year, I decided I needed to try it. But with the Super Bowl 50 fiasco forcing Beer Week to reschedule two weeks before Pliny's release, the only surefire way to get some was a trek to Santa Rosa. My first attempt was on the opening Saturday of this year's release. I'd read of the eight-hour lines, the camping in the rain, and the hotel specials to...
  • Venezuela’s Empresas Polar May Have to Stop Making Beer Because of Dollar Shortage

    04/22/2016 12:11:44 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 21, 2016 | JUAN FORERO
    Venezuelans grumbling over the scarcity of food and toilet paper may soon face another shortage, beer produced by Empresas Polar SA., the country’s largest private company and biggest beer maker. Polar said on Thursday that it will be forced to stop producing beer next week because it cannot get the U.S. dollars, which are controlled by the government, to import the malted barley needed to brew. Under Venezuela’s stringent currency exchange system, only the government can legally control dollars, which companies need to import raw materials, food, machine parts and other supplies.
  • Venezuela to begin electricity rationing

    04/22/2016 12:00:04 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 18 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | April 22, 2016 | Staff
    Venezuela's government has said it will turn off electricity supply in its 10 most populous states for four hours a day for at least 40 days to deal with a severe power shortage.(Snip)Recently, the country's main brewery Polar, which is part of Venezuela's largest cooperative Empresas Polar, announced that it would stop production as a result of financial difficulties. The company, which produces 80 percent of the country's beer, says thousands of workers will lose their jobs as a result of the stoppage.
  • Police: Man stinks up Georgia bar using flatulence spray

    04/15/2016 9:09:01 AM PDT · by PROCON · 65 replies
    AP ^ | April 15, 2016
    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man has been arrested after police say he unleashed a bottle of flatulence spray inside an Athens bar. The Athens Banner-Herald (http://bit.ly/1Mx8avn ) reports that a woman told officers 20-year-old Blake Leland Zengo sprayed her in the face with a product designed to smell like flatulence.
  • Suspected drunken driver crashes into Highway Patrol building

    04/13/2016 1:35:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Norwalk Reflector ^ | April 13, 2016 | Staff
    Troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol are investigating a serious injury traffic crash involving a car that crashed into their patrol post at 9:07 p.m. Tuesday. A 2006 Ford Fusion was eastbound on U.S. 6 near mile post 4 at a high rate of speed when it traveled off the right side of the roadway. The driver, Dakota Clouse, 24, was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Clouse did not have a valid license due to an operating-a-vehicle-under-the-influence conviction in September 2015. He also had an outstanding felony warrant through the...
  • Archaeobeer (Brewers and Vintner's thread)

    04/08/2016 2:04:46 PM PDT · by taxcontrol · 18 replies
    Brew your own ^ | September 2007 | Dan Mouer
    Back in the day - we're talking WAY back in the day - beer was brewed with malt, and bread, and honey and wine . . . and just about anything that could be fermented. How the ancients brewed - and how you can too! Archaeology and beer seem to go together, and it’s not just because a cold brew helps wash the dust from your teeth after a long day on the digs. I’m an archaeologist by profession and a homebrewer by avocation. Lots of archaeologists brew their own, and those who don’t often have a passion for more...
  • Bud Light Is For Democrats?

    03/31/2016 9:56:23 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 21 replies
    Poletical.com ^ | March 1st, 2016 | D. Stone
    In advertisements airing across America and Canada during and after the Super Bowl, Bud Light appears to be the "Bud Light Party", brandishing its supporters with the beer's trademark colours, which also happen to be the colours of the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party. Before we brush this off as a silly coincidence and a clever marketing ploy in an election year, we'll need to look at who Anheuser-Busch commissioned to star in their new, pro-Democrat ad campaign. Not only does the ad feature shades of Democratic blue, it stars two of the most overtly Democratic comedians at...
  • Beer, chips all over Fla. highway after crash

    03/23/2016 5:16:21 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 10 replies
    WFAA.COM ^ | 23 MARCH 2016 | WFAA.COM
    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla.- Two trucks hauling a couch potato's dream of beer and chips collided in an accident that shut down southbound lanes on Interstate 95 for nearly four hours and sent snack food and drinks spilling out on the highway. The drivers of the semi-tractor trailer and the box truck were not seriously injured. A clean-up crew was called in to help remove the spilled beer and snack chips. "We had a front-end loader come out and scoop all of the beer and chips and pushed them to the right shoulder. We have two of the three lanes open...
  • Beer, Chips Spill All Over I-95 After Florida Truck Crash

    03/23/2016 12:07:18 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/23/16 | Elizabeth Chuck
    Two trucks, one carrying beer and the other hauling chips, collided in Florida early Wednesday, littering the highway with the stuff that couch potatoes' dreams are made of. The crash between the semi-tractor trailer transporting Busch beer and the box truck filled with Frito-Lay products happened on Interstate 95 in Brevard County just after 3:10 a.m., the Florida Highway Patrol said. "Neither driver was hurt, but you had Doritos and Busch beer all over I-95," Sergeant Kim Montes, a spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol, told NBC News. "That's like a Super Bowl commercial right there."
  • Beer, chips spill onto I-95 after semi overturns in crash

    03/23/2016 6:04:26 AM PDT · by Quality_Not_Quantity · 28 replies
    Click Orlando ^ | 3/23/16 | Click Orlando
    MELBOURNE, Fla. - A crash involving two tractor-trailers hauling beer and chips overturned on Interstate 95 in Brevard County, spilling the snacks all over the roadway and blocking lanes for hours on Wednesday morning. The crash was reported at milemarker 187 in Pineda Causeway just after 3:30 a.m. Florida Highway Patrol said the tractor-trailer carrying Busch beer was driving southbound on I-95 when the driver attempted to move into center lane and swerved to avoid another vehicle.
  • Larry Schweikart (FReeper "LS"): America's Socialist Origins (video - 5:38)

    03/21/2016 10:11:48 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 65 replies
    Prager University ^ | March 21, 2016 | Larry Schweikart
    Was America once socialist? Surprisingly, yes. The early settlers who arrived at Plymouth and Jamestown in the early 1600s experimented with socialist communes. Did it work? History professor Larry Schweikart of the University of Dayton shares the fascinating story.
  • When Muslim Truck Drivers are Fired for Not Delivering Beer, Court Has an Unbelievable Response

    03/18/2016 10:38:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    ILJ Review ^ | 10/ | Mike Miller
    Two Muslim truck drivers who sued their former employer for religious discrimination after being fired for refusing to make beer deliveries have been awarded $240,000 by a jury. And the Obama administration represented them in the case.Fox News host Megyn Kelly was flabbergasted: “The Obama administration actually represented the two Muslims in this case. But has sometimes taken a very different position in the case of Christians trying to assert their religious beliefs.” She then said to Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano: “So in the case of the Muslim truck drivers, the Obama administration through the EEOC is...
  • Dos Equis Says 'Adios' to 'Most Interesting Man' Pitchman

    03/12/2016 5:48:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway
    Orange County Register ^ | March 9, 2016
    By Staff Published Saturday, March 12, 2016 A Moroccan man who believed he had buried his wife who was killed in a road accident two years ago is shocked to learn that she has appeared on a television programme, according to media reports. He had buried his wife in 2014 after doctors in Casablanca informed she had succumbed to her injuries. But recently his friends spotted her on a TV programme, which helps reunite ‘lost’ families, where she was allegedly appealing to help find her husband, reported a news website. She reportedly gave his name and address and claimed that...
  • 'Most Interesting Man In The World' Raises His Glass For Last Time

    03/09/2016 8:41:05 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 78 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | March 9, 2016 | Camila Domonoske
    He lives vicariously through himself. He has won the lifetime achievement award, twice. In museums, he is allowed to touch the art. He is ... ... out of a job. Since 2006, Jonathan Goldsmith has played The Most Interesting Man In The World in a popular series of ads for Dos Equis. His catchphrase — "I don't always drink beer. But when I do, I prefer Dos Equis" — has worked its way into Internet culture. But his reign is ending. The newest ad for Dos Equis shows Goldsmith, as the Most Interesting Man, taking off in a spaceship on...
  • Monthly Brewers and Vintners forum

    03/01/2016 11:26:46 AM PST · by taxcontrol · 28 replies
    None ^ | March 1, 2016 | Taxcontrol
    Question for the forum: How do you sanitize your equipment?
  • Man legally changes his name to Bacon Double Cheeseburger

    02/23/2016 3:51:53 PM PST · by twister881 · 62 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February, 23, 2016 | Fox News
    <p>A British man decided to legally change his name to Bacon Double Cheeseburger as a show of his undying love of the sandwich.</p> <p>Sam Smith, 33, told the U.K.’s Standard that the, “Bacon Double Cheeseburger was pretty much the first thing that came up,” after a night of drinking with his buddies who convinced him to do go ahead with the stunt.</p>
  • The 25 Best Beer Towns in America (And Their Best Beers)

    02/21/2016 8:40:34 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 48 replies
    The fiscal Tlimes ^ | February 20,2016 | Janna Herron
    The 25 Best Beer Towns in America (And Their Best Beers)
  • Japan's Asahi Offers Billions for Italy's Peroni

    02/10/2016 12:37:39 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Feb 2016
    Japan's Asahi Group Holdings has offered €3.1 billion for two top European lager brands from British giant SABMiller, in what would be the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Japanese beer company, a report said on Wednesday. Board members finalised the 400 billion yen proposal on Tuesday for Peroni of Italy and the Netherlands' Grolsch, the leading Nikkei business daily said, without citing sources. The company refused to confirm the report but said in a statement it was "studying a variety of possibilities for a capital and business tie-up, including this case". Nothing has been finalised, it added. Acquiring the brands,...
  • Debate Day Brew Day -- American Pale Ale

    02/06/2016 7:00:21 PM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    It's been a full day. The laughable debate going on this evening preceded by a brew day. Today's beer is an American Pale Ale SMASH (single malt and single hop). The recipe: 13 pounds Maris Otter (yes, I know that's an English malt) 2 ounces Cascade @ 60 minutes 2 ounces Cascade @ 5 minutes 1 ounce Cascade @ flameout 2 ounces Cascade dry-hop for 3 days in Secondary Safale US-05 yeast I built a 1 liter starter (using ˝ pound of Pilsen DME to feed the yeast) yesterday in order to get things moving a bit. Mashed at 156°...
  • Good Man. Good Monk. Good Beer.

    02/04/2016 2:47:08 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 4, 2016 | FR DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    I first met Brother Augustine Wilmeth when he was one of the students where I served as chaplain. As a convert, he was intensely interested not only in his new Catholic faith but in the more traditional expressions of life and worship.I followed his progress through the years and had the chance last summer to visit him a few months before he took his first vows as a monk at the Benedictine monastery that has been reestablished at Norcia in Italy.Brother Augustine spoke to me for Aleteia about his vocation, his life in the monastery and his work brewing...
  • Brewers and Vinters Monthly discussion

    01/29/2016 3:36:54 PM PST · by taxcontrol · 44 replies
    None ^ | 1/29/2016 | Taxcontrol
    Ok list members, I am going to start a last Friday in the month discussion thread each month. I will start with a question that will hopefully kick of some interesting discussions.
  • Brewers Ping List

    01/27/2016 11:37:07 AM PST · by taxcontrol · 54 replies
    None ^ | 1 January 2016 | Self
    Hello folks. Taxcontrol here and I am taking over the Brewer/Vintner ping list from Red_Devil 232. The list is for all that work with yeast to produce alcohol. So Beer, Wine, Mead, Spirits, even fuel producers are all welcome. So some questions: - I am going to assume that you want to be on the list unless you tell me otherwise - How often is an approprite regularly scheduled ping to the list (any time a relevant article is posted, weekly, bi weekly, monthly)? - How often should we cover recipes and when? Friday perhaps? - any other thoughts or...
  • Made my first home brew beer in 20 years

    01/24/2016 8:26:15 AM PST · by taxcontrol · 28 replies
    None ^ | 1/24/2016 | Self
    20 years ago, my wife gave away my carboy and put dog food in my ABS plastic bucket that I did my first ferments in. I have constantly reminded her of that violation. This Christmas, she bought two brew kits for me. So of course, I had to try it out right away. I did a kit for a Honey Brown Ale - Similar to Newcastle. Yesterday, I cracked open a bottle with friends.
  • “Ridiculous Waste” of Beer Debated

    01/22/2016 5:50:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Iceland Review ^ | January 21, 2016 | VALA HAFSTAD
    The “ridiculous waste” of Christmas beer was the subject of discussion at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, today, mbl.is reports. Member of Parliament Brynhildur Pétursdóttir, Bright Future, used those words when deploring the fact that regulations require for perfectly good, unsold beer to be discarded right after Christmas or Easter if it’s labeled as Christmas beer or Easter beer. The regulations originate in the Ministry of Finance. Thus, she asked Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson whether those could be changed. Bjarni responded, “Of course these are rules which should be reevaluated, as are rules regarding where liquor can be sold. And it’s...
  • Universities tap into craft beer growth by offering classes

    01/03/2016 8:32:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 1, 2016 4:05 PM EST | Lisa Rathke
    With an explosion in growth in the craft beer industry over the last decade, it's not enough to simply have a passion for brewing and beer when it comes to starting a brewery or working for one as the industry gets more competitive. Recognizing that, some universities are now offering programs on the business of craft beer. In the last decade, the number of craft breweries has grown to more than 4,000 in the U.S. today, from more than 1,400 in 2005, according to the Brewers Association. ...
  • 5 Uses For Junk Beer

    12/29/2015 9:57:50 AM PST · by PROCON · 49 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | Dec. 28, 2015 | Vanessa Rasanen
    If you have beer sitting in the back of the fridge you can't bring yourself to drink or dump, have I got some ideas for you. This time of year brings a multitude of holiday parties to the calendar and gifts under the tree. This inevitably means ending up with "crap" beer in the fridge. Perhaps it's after a get-together with friends, when everyone brought a little something to share, or a well-meaning relative got you a six-pack thinking you might like it. Or maybe it's after picking something new at the store that you ended up hating. Or, let's...
  • Alcohol Voted 'Worst' Christmas Gift ...

    12/23/2015 10:42:41 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 58 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | 23rd December, 2015 | Annie Hayes
    Alcohol Voted 'Worst' Christmas Gift The results of a recent poll by review and research organisation Consumer Reports have revealed alcohol is considered the "worst" gift to receive at Christmas. The Consumer Reports National Research Center designed a survey to explore "general sentiment and shopping behaviours" for the 2015 winter holiday season. Out of the 1,300 US residents polled - statistically weighted so that respondents in the survey were demographically and geographically representative of the US population - spirits such as vodka, rum and whisky received the highest number of votes for 'worst gift', with 20% listing booze as the...
  • Behold, the Official Catholic Blessing for Beer

    12/19/2015 10:37:52 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    ChurchPop ^ | Unknown | Editor
    Did you know the Catholic Church has an official blessing for beer?In the 1964 edition of the Rituale Romanum, one of the Church’s official books of rituals, there is a section with “Blessings of things designated for ordinary use.”Among the many rituals listed, you can find special blessings for pastries, medicine, cheese, fire, seeds, airplanes, and more – including beer.Why bless beer? Because it is a part of God’s good creation and a wonderful gift for human enjoyment! Ever since Jesus turned water into wine at the marriage at Cana (John 2), the Catholic Church has supported the enjoyment of alcohol...
  • New Belgium, Ben & Jerry’s donate $100K to fight climate change ( Colorado )

    12/16/2015 8:09:10 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    BizWest ^ | December 15, 2015 | Dallas Heltzell
    FORT COLLINS - New Belgium Brewing has joined forces with Ben & Jerry's to donate $100,000 to a California-based nonprofit that works to mobilize the snow-sports community to battle climate change. The two "B-corp" companies, Fort Collins-based New Belgium and South Burlington, Vt.-based Ben & Jerry's, partnered to create a special beer and ice cream, with a portion of their proceeds going to Pacific Palisades, Calif.-based Protect Our Winters. The companies presented the check to POW on Friday during a celebration at Stoney's Bar and Grill in Denver. ... In addition to fundraising for POW, the campaign encouraged people to...
  • Police: Witness follows man who stole beer, kills him

    12/08/2015 2:03:27 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December. 8, 2015
    TUCSON, Ariz. — A witness who saw a man steal two cases of beer followed him out of a convenience store and shot him to death after the thief charged at him with a log, according to authorities in southern Arizona. Police in Tucson are investigating, and prosecutors will determine whether to charge the shooter, a man who has not been identified, Sgt. Kimberly Bay said.
  • New way to make yeast hybrids may inspire new brews, biofuels

    12/04/2015 1:18:16 PM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    phys.org ^ | December 4, 2015 | by Terry Devitt & Provided by: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Orange-colored galls, such as these pictured in 2010, from the beech tree forests of Patagonia have been found to harbor the yeast that makes lager beer possible. Five hundred years ago, in the age of sail and when the trans-Atlantic trade was just beginning, the yeast somehow made its way from Patagonia to the caves and monastery cellars of Bavaria where the first lager beers were fermented. University of Wisconsin-Madison Genetics Professor Chris Todd Hittinger and colleagues have discovered a quick and efficient way to fuse different strains of yeast to make hybrids similar to the lager beer hybrid, an...
  • 'Game of Thrones' star throws beer keg 24-1/2 feet into the air

    12/02/2015 9:48:45 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 16 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 1, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, - Champion strongman and Game of Thrones star Hafthor Bjornsson chucked a 33-pound beer keg more than 24 feet into the air to break a world record. Bjornsson, known as "Thor" to his fans and as Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane to fans of HBO drama Game of Thrones, threw the 33-pound keg 24 feet and 6 inches into the air Saturday at the Giants Live strongman contest in Sweden. "I am going to throw it through the roof," the World Record Academy quoted Bjornsson as saying prior to his feat. Bjornsson, who previously set the Guinness World Record...
  • Grolsch to be sold off in mega beer merger: media

    11/30/2015 2:51:43 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Dutch News ^ | 11/30/15
    Dutch brewing company Grolsch will be put up for sale in an effort to win Brussels approval for a merger between the world’s two biggest beer groups, the Sunday Times said at the weekend.AB Inbev will agree to sell Grolsch and Peroni so it can keep its own top names, including Stella Artois, the paper said.AB Inbev struck a deal to take over Grolsch owner SABMiller earlier in November for around €60 a share, a 50% premium on the closing price on September 14.British-South African brewing group SABMiller bought Grolsch for €816m at the end of 2007.City sources told the...
  • Buzzkill: Obamacare Regulation May Put Craft Breweries Out of Business

    11/23/2015 4:57:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    Obamacare's menu labeling regulation promises to be a disaster for the food and restaurant industries, as its implementation is both costly and extremely onerous. While its deleterious effects on the pizza, restaurant, and grocery industries have been most well known, it also has the potential to shutter an industry near and dear to Americans' hearts: craft beer. Since beer has a few too many calories for bureaucrats, the health law dictates that all brewers include a detailed calorie count on every type of beer produced. Failure to do so, according to Americans for Tax Reform, "means craft brewers will not be able...
  • Obamacare Regulations Target Breweries Making Craft Beer

    11/20/2015 8:39:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | November 20, 2015 11:26 am | BY: Ali Meyer
    New rules will cost businesses between $49,000 and $77,000 to comply Obamacare regulations requiring that restaurants post calorie information on menus will make it harder and costlier for breweries making craft beer to comply with the new rules, Watchdog.org reported. Regulations taking effect next year will require that restaurant chains with more than 20 locations nationwide such as Buffalo Wild Wings and Applebee’s post calorie information on all of their menus. For items such as craft beer, which are not made in house, calorie information from the brewery must be shipped to the restaurant. “Brewers are facing the prospect of...
  • Georgia Inmate Marcus Ray Johnson Denied Beer as Last Meal

    11/18/2015 1:06:30 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 33 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/18/2015 | Tracy Connor
    A Georgia death-row inmate scheduled for execution on Thursday requested a six-pack of beer as his last meal and was turned down, prison officials said. As a result, Marcus Ray Johnson will be given the regular meal: baked fish, cheese grits, beans, cole slaw, cookies and fruit punch. "His request was declined as alcohol is a contraband item," the Georgia Department of Corrections said in a statement.
  • Guinness can’t afford to alienate loyalists as beer sales fall [changing recipe]

    11/14/2015 2:26:41 AM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 11/14/15 | Jason Notte
    Guinness dates back 256 years and is laden with deep cultural connotations for both the Irish and Irish diaspora here in the United States. Any significant change to it is risky.Even if it means removing an element deemed repugnant by a large segment of the population.We could be talking about isinglass — the clear collagen extracted from fish bladders that is used to draw spent yeast out of beer and clarify the finished product — but Guinness is planning to remove that particular substance from its brewing process in 2016 in favor of another less-fishy filtration method. There wasn’t all...
  • Big beer merger leaves future uncertain for competitors [AB InBev to buy SABMiller]

    11/13/2015 8:10:39 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 11/13/15 | DANICA KIRKA
    It's no fun being in the middle.Heineken, Molson Coors and Carlsberg are storied brewers that trace their roots back hundreds of years and have loyal drinkers around the world. But the merger of their two biggest competitors leaves such mid-size brewers without a clear way forward.They find themselves squeezed between a Goliath that will produce almost a third of the world's beer and a growing army of craft brewers.Some experts say the mid-sized brewers should respond by pursuing takeovers of their own. Others argue that would do little good because the underlying problem is that consumers are increasingly drinking craft...
  • How do you smuggle 48,000 cans of Heineken into Saudi Arabia? Disguise it as Pepsi.

    11/12/2015 7:46:05 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 12, 2015 | Adam Taylor
    <p>Legally, alcohol is banned in Saudi Arabia. In reality, however, there are people in the country who drink.</p> <p>If you're wondering how exactly they actually get that alcohol, consider the multiple reports in the Saudi press today that describe how the Saudi authorities at border with United Arab Emirates caught a man with 48,000 cans of Heineken – all disguised as Pepsi cola.</p>
  • Beer Guinness changes recipe to go vegan

    11/03/2015 6:26:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 59 replies
    FOX News ^ | 2 November 2015
    Beer Guinness changes recipe to go vegan Guinness is going vegan. Starting in 2016, the Irish beer will be fully vegan friendly for the first time since they started brewing beer 256 years ago, reports The Independent. Guinness, like many other brewers, use isinglass, a by-product of the fishing industry that's used to clarify the beer and make yeast settle faster. While most of the agent is filtered out during the brewing process, there are still traces of fish bladders in the finished product. Vegan customers have long been petitioning the brand to discontinue its use of isinglass. One was...
  • $20M Settlement in Lawsuit Over Beck's Packaging

    10/20/2015 4:13:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    U.S. drinkers of Beck's beer who thought the American-made brew they were buying was still a fancy, century-old German import can get cash payments under a $20 million settlement approved Tuesday in a class-action lawsuit over deceptive packaging. People with proof that they bought Beck's at retail outlets could get up to $50 per household. Those without receipts can qualify for $12 maximum. Claims may be filed through Nov. 20 via a court-approved website: www.becksbeersettlement.com. The settlement, approved by U.S. Magistrate Judge John J. O'Sullivan, came in a lawsuit filed in 2013 by several Beck's drinkers who noticed there was...
  • Budweiser, Miller beer owners craft a $106 billion merger deal [Obamanomics]

    10/13/2015 4:42:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | 10/13/15
    The sixth time was the charm as British-based brewer SABMiller on Tuesday accepted in principle a $106 billion takeover offer from Anheuser Busch InBev that will create the world's biggest beer company and bring together top U.S. brands Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft.
  • AB InBev makes $104 billion bid for rival brewer SABMiller (Budweiser to merge with Miller)

    10/07/2015 3:32:06 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 7, 2015 | Philip Blenkinsop
    Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, launched an improved offer for SABMiller on Wednesday, offering just over 68 billion pounds ($104 billion) for its largest rival to extend its reach into Africa and other markets.
  • A ‘Date’ With Hummus: Israel Embraces Beer With Microbrew Twist

    09/29/2015 10:58:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Tuesday, 29 September 2015
    Monday, 28 September 2015 In an industrial zone among the hills of Galilee in northern Israel, a ponytailed sociologist with an intolerance for gluten explained what he was up to: beer made with chickpeas and dates. "It's a very Middle Eastern food," 52-year-old Bryan Meadan said of his gluten-free beer made with chickpeas, familiar to most through hummus and falafel. "Local beer with local products." In the part of the world where Jesus is believed to have turned water to wine, enterprising Israelis are opting for beer – local, craft beer that often has a regional twist.
  • New diversity for lager beers

    09/25/2015 1:49:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    phys.org ^ | September 25, 2015 | Provided by: American Society for Microbiology
    Unlike ales, lager beers differ little in flavor. But now, by creating new crosses among the relevant yeasts, Kevin Verstrepen, PhD, Stijn Mertens, and their collaborators have opened up new horizons of taste. The research is published in the September 25 Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The relative uniformity of flavor among lagers turned out to result in significant part from a lack of genetic diversity among the yeasts. Genetic studies showed that lager yeasts had resulted from just two crosses between the parent yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and S. eubayanus. The problem was...
  • Refugee flood has Munich nervous as it awaits Oktoberfest crowds

    09/13/2015 1:13:49 PM PDT · by Mariner · 68 replies
    DPA International ^ | Se3ptember 13th, 2015 | Unattributed
    Munich (dpa) - A week before Munich's Oktoberfest begins, authorities are expressing concern about how the city will cope with the event's expected 6 million visitors, on top of the thousands of refugees currently pouring into the Bavarian capital every day. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann called for an increased deployment of federal police to assist local officers. "If, during the evenings and at the weekend, festival visitors who have had a lot to drink run into as many refugees as we have had in recent days, things could get out of hand," he said. The annual beer festival, billed...
  • I endorse Ted Cruz for president.

    09/12/2015 10:12:52 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 103 replies
    09-12-2015 | Me
    I'm a pretty popular guy here in San Jose and I've finally made my endorsement for president. Ted Cruz-2016
  • Founders Brewing Co. is forced to get rid of the baby on its label

    09/09/2015 11:44:38 AM PDT · by rey · 33 replies
    Fox ^ | 9 Sept. 2015
    Michigan has followed New Hampshire by banning the sale of Founders Brewery’s Oatmeal Breakfast Stout because a baby appears on the label The Grand Rapids-based brewery announced last week it was changing the label after the image was said to promote underage drinking.
  • Wilder Yeast: Foraging For Beer

    09/03/2015 6:37:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Sep 2 2015 | Jessica Fender
    "Whoa! Let's hope there's no DEET in that," says Phil Cutti, brewmaster at Headlands Brewing, biting into a paper-thin seed pod with overwhelming notes of bug spray. Scratch that plant off the list. Our group of nine is eating and smelling its way along a forested path to the top of San Francisco's Mt. Sutro, searching for something cool to use in a to-be-determined experimental Headlands beer. As we try everything from minty-sweet hummingbird sage to little tannic dust balls that look misleadingly like blueberries, I keep a close eye on Cutti, trying to figure out where he's going with...