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April 2010

Hello to all beer fans and CIBAS, Central Indiana Beer Appreciation Society, members.

NOTICE

----- Original Message -----

From: Mark Schiess

To: CIBAS BEER CLUB

Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 6:32 AM

Subject: CIBAS Notice (sub set)

 You are receiving this message now because in the past you have received a CIBAS Monthly Beer News letter-

CIBAS, the Central Indiana Beer Appreciation Society, was founded over a decade ago in  beer-centric Chalkies restaurant by myself and three other beer lovers over a few beers. Repeatedly gathered at Chalkies for their great selection of good food, famous Belgian beers, imports and microbrews we would plan a way to share our experience and promote good beer in Central Indiana. After several weeks the CIBAS website went up and a monthly newsletter was produced that provided beer news, listed local beer events and promoted beer appreciation.

Eventually, Chalkies closed and these original four people went their separate ways heading to different areas of the country. For the past ten years, I have maintained the CIBAS website and have posted the “Monthly Beer Newsletter”. Year 2010 now finds me with a new and very time consuming job and also with many other commitments. The “Monthly Beer Newsletter” has less email recipients than before and online hits are less than in times past. Thus, I have decided that the “Monthly Beer News” will no longer be posted or distributed. Nor will any more email subscriptions or memberships  be accepted. I simply cannot devote the time needed to do this work in a worthy fashion at this time. The need for this newsletter in not as important as it was years ago. Central Indiana is now immersed in a great selection of craft beer and craft breweries – a blessing envied by many other areas in the country. The distribution of local beer information is also exquisite.

 IndianaBeer.com – blog provides a great selection of “Beer News”, a full calendar, and links to everything beer related.
The Hoosier Beer Geek – Blog and emails continuously provide information and updates on everything beer event-wise in Indy.
The Brewers of India Guild – provides all  Indiana’s brewery and beer information, tap lists, the full calendar and more.

For the time being, I will, still maintain the CIBAS website, add to the calendar, add some odd beer news, add a few jokes each month, and keep all the reference material and links.

Thanks for all-

Enjoy the beer – Mark S.

Mark P. Schiess
Carmel, IN

mschiess@earthlink.net



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Factoids:

Which State Consumes The Most Alcohol (Per Resident)?

  http://www.mainstreet.com/slideshow/lifestyle/drunkest-states-america?cm_ven=msearthlinkcf

Beer in America.

Total Economic Impact:   Jobs 1,885,175,  Wages $ 61,997,395,261,  Output $198,152,918,964

Beer in Indiana.

Total Economic Impact:  Jobs 38,394, Wages $ 1,006,543,428, Output $ 2,883,956,278

Total Business and Personal Taxes $ 431,522,465

Total Consumption Taxes $ 209,525,437 

New Cool Stuff-

Homebrewers please note   New AHA website at  www.homebrewersassociation.org

Top 10 Beer Limericks @   http://tinyurl.com/mdjj47

like this one-

A Girl Named Anheuser
There once was a girl named Anheuser,
who said that no man could surprise her.
But Pabst took a chance,
found the Schlitz in her pants,
and now she is sadder Budweiser

 And......

Beer Tasting Terms from Jay Brooks

 Throughout the later 20th century wine makers have done a fantastic job of convincing people that wine is the complex, sophisticated drink for erudite people with discerning taste - and during that same time period beer marketers have done just the opposite for their product. It turns out that these marketers did all of us (brewers and consumers alike) a great disservice. Many people really believe that beer is just a one dimensional pedestrian beverage, suitable only for chugging on a hot day at the beach - well - a big part of my job is to change their minds about that.

 http://brookstonbeerbulletin.com/beer-tasting-terms/

 

Reminders:

April 24th,  Dark Lord Release at Three Floyds Brewery in Munster -


Statewide and other Local Updates

 

5 Indiana Breweries win 8 metals at:

2010 World Beer Cup is Largest Commercial Competition Ever

Boulder, Colo.• April 10, 2010—Brewers from six continents earned awards from an elite international panel of judges this week in the 2010 Brewers Association World Beer Cup—the world's largest-ever commercial beer competition. The eighth bi-annual competition announced awards to brewers from 19 countries ranging from Australia and Italy to Iceland and Japan. This year, 642 breweries from 44 countries and 47 U.S. states vied for awards with 3,330 beers entered in 90 beer style categories. The entries in each category were eligible for gold, silver and bronze awards. Judges presented a total of 268 awards. The 2010 World Beer Cup eclipsed the record of the Brewers Association's own Great American Beer Festival (GABF) to become the largest commercial competition ever. There were 3,308 entries judged in the 2009 GABF, compared to the 2010 World Beer Cup's 3,330 entries judged. A detailed analysis of the entries and awards can be found in the 2010 Brewers Association World Beer Cup Fact Sheet. "Brewers from around the globe participate in the World Beer Cup to win recognition for their creativity and brewing ability," said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association, the U.S.-based trade association that has put on the competition every two years since 1996. "For a brewer, a World Beer Cup gold award allows them to say that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world."

View the 2010 winners list.

World Beer Cup had 3,330 entries from 642 breweries and 2,000 at the awards dinner. 7 winners from Indiana. Congratulations!

Crown Brewing Industrial Porter, Bronze, Brown Porter

Rock Bottom, Indy, Sub Zero, Old Ale

Sun King Dominator Dopplebock, Bronze, German-style Doppelbock or Eisbock

Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale, Silver, Golden or Blonde Ale

Three Floyds Behemoth, Gold, Imperial Red Ale

Upland Oktoberfest, Silver, Amercan-style Amber Lager

Upland Helios Pale Ale, Bronze, English-style Summer Ale

editor’s note - Taxes Are The Largest Component of The Price of Beer in Indiana

When All of The Taxes on Beer in Indiana Are Added Together They Account for Over 30 Percent of the Retail Price! Unlike most consumer products, the Federal government and governments in Indiana levy a bevy of special taxes on the production and sale of beer. Many of these, including both the Federal and state excise tax are "hidden taxes," meaning that the consumer is not told that they are being paid. When all of these taxes are added together, consumers in Indiana end up paying over 30 percent in taxes on each beer that they purchase. In other words, if a consumer pays $2.00 for a beer in a restaurant nearly $0.60 of that is being paid directly to the government.


Domestic Stuff


Brewers Association Releases 2009 Top 50 Breweries Lists

Boulder, Colo.• April 14, 2010—The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group that tabulates production statistics for U.S. breweries, released its annual lists reporting the top 50 brewing companies in the country, based on 2009 beer sales volume. The two lists are the Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies, comprising small and independent craft brewers, and the Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies. The Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies list contains 76 percent craft brewing companies.

Read the complete list.

Michael Jackson - Documentary Film in 2010

JR Richards has taken a leap of faith, directing production on a long awaited documentary about Beer Hunter and Whiskey Chaser Michael Jackson (1942-2007). The film is scheduled to premier in the latter part of 2010. Jackson, Maven of Malt, championed the community of beer and whiskey with greater enthusiasm and forthright opinion than any other media personality the world has ever known. Richards’ remarkable archive of documentary footage, filmed during Jackson’s travels throughout Europe and the United States (with the Rare Beer Club), will be combined with interviews of leading brewers, distillers and writers, along with archival footage from the original Beer Hunter series. Ten percent of all proceeds from the distribution and sale of the film will be donated to the Parkinson’s Foundation. JR Richards is seeking sponsors and contributors to assist in paying tribute to Michael Jackson and the significant contribution he has made to the global beer and whisky community. For more information, the website is up, along with the trailer and other uncut footage.

See the movie trailer here: http://vimeo.com/9005592

For further details on the documentary or sponsorship, click here: www.beerhuntermovie.com

Sam Adams creator wants National Patriots' Day

BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - The founder of a beer named after an American Revolutionary hero is pushing for Patriots' Day to become a national holiday. Jim Koch, founder and owner of the Boston Beer Co., the maker of Sam Adams, says he is launching a personal campaign and starting a petition to begin a movement for the national holiday. Koch said if Patriot's Day was a national holiday, more Americans would understand the nation's "revolutionary spirit," modern democracy and how much the Founder Fathers risked their lives. Patriots' Day is a Massachusetts holiday that honors the first military battles of the Revolutionary War in Lexington and Concord

Burger King -  “Want Fries And A Beer With That?”

Want fries and a beer with that? Burger King is opening a restaurant in Miami Beach that will serve beer, the chain's first U.S. location with alcohol. The Whopper Bar South Beach will allow customers to pair a Whopper with Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors brews. With fries, that combo will run $7.99. Burger King will unveil plans to sell beer and burgers at a Whopper Bar -- a new BK concept to compete with casual dining restaurants -- in Miami Beach's tourist-heavy South Beach. The South Beach Whopper Bar is scheduled to open in mid-February

Beerdrinker Of The Year Finalists Set

 Wynkoop Brewing Company’s judging panel has picked its three finalists for the brewpub’s 2010 Beerdrinker of the Year award. They will compete in the Beerdrinker of the Year finals on Feb. 27 at Wynkoop in Denver. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Two of the three were also finalists in 2007. Returning are Phil Farrell of Cumming, Georgia, and Logan Perkins, who makes his home in Denver but travels the country. William Howell of Sterling, Alaska, will venture south for the competition.

Brewing Pioneer Will Run For Colorado Governor

 Denver mayor John Hickenlooper has announced he will run for governor of Colorado. Hickenlooper said his agenda is going to be about jobs, and that he knows first-hand what a souring economy can do. Hickenlooper was laid off from his job as a geologist in 1986 and shortly thereafter visited Falling Rock (soon to be called Triple Rock) Ale House in Berkeley, California. There was a line out the door on a Wednesday night, and Hickenlooper - who began homebrewing in 1971 - was taken by the concept of serving fresh beer brewed on the premises. He borrowed a book on writing a business plan from the library, hooked up with the late Russell Schehrer (the 1985 American Homebrewers Association Homebrewer of the Year) and, a mere two years later, Wynkoop was open - the first brewpub in the Rockies. Hickenlooper went on to open several other brewpubs, and consult on still more, before turning to politics and running for mayor of Denver.

‘Beer Wars’ Heads To Home Screens

"Beer Wars," a movie that played in theaters across the country for a single night last April and in limited screenings since, is now available for home viewing through Warner Bros. and Netflix. The documentary is described "as a no holds barred exploration of the U.S. beer industry that ultimately reveals the truth behind the label of your favorite beer. Told from an insider s perspective, the film goes behind the scenes of the daily battles and all out wars that dominate one of America s favorite industries."

New Belgium Launches Giant Solar Array

 New Belgium Brewing Co. has launched the largest privately-owned solar array in Colorado. The brewery activated a 200-kilowatt photo voltaic solar electric system on the roof of its 50,000-square-foot packaging hall this month. The solar array will produce 16% of New Belgium's peak electrical load and 3% of their total energy use. The array is part of the brewer’s contribution to Fort Collins’ FortZED initiative, a public and private partnership that aims to create the world’s largest "active zero energy district" through Smart Grid and renewable energy technology.

Brewers Association Launches New Web Sites

 The Brewers Association has rolled out two new web sites, one for homebrewers and another for craft beer drinkers. Within the first few days of the launch of the American Homebrewers Association site more than 6,000 visitors had registered to participate in the forum. The site features a recipe wiki as well as shout outs to individual clubs, brewers and even brewing systems. The tagline for CraftBeer.com - "Celebrating the best of American beer" – telegraphs exactly what to expect. The site has information for both beer newcomers and the beer experienced. 

  http://www.craftbeer.com

  http://www.homebrewersassociation.org

Sam Adams' Utopias Has 27 Percent Alcohol New Boston Beer Banned In 13 States

The maker of Samuel Adams beer has released an updated version of its biennial beer Utopias — now the highest alcohol content beer on the market. At 27 percent alcohol by volume and $150 a bottle, the limited release of the brandy-colored Utopias comes as more brewers take advantage of improvements in science to boost potency and enhance taste. "Just part of trying to push the envelope," said Jim Koch, founder and owner of the Boston Beer Co. the maker of Sam Adams. "I'm pushing it beyond what the laws of these 13 states ever contemplated when they passed those laws decades ago." Since the 1990s, craft brewers like the Boston Beer Co. and the Delaware-based Dogfish Head have produced a number of "extreme beers" that challenge old notions of beer and the decades-old laws that have governed them. By law, these specialty drinks still are classified as beer when they are based on fermented grain. And despite the hefty prices of the high-scale beer, brewers still have to pay the required nickel deposit on bottles. Paul Gatza, director of the national Brewers Association based in Boulder, Colo., said new yeast research allowed brewers to experiment with the emerging science that pushed the traditional cap of 14 percent alcohol by volume for beer. "As a result, these new beers, like Utopias, balance sweetness, higher alcohol content and more ingredients," Gatza said. That's what sparked a brew battle between the Boston Brewing Co. and Dogfish Head. In 1993, Koch set a new bar by creating Triple Bock, a beverage with 17.5 percent alcohol by volume. In the early 2000s, Dogfish Head responded with beverages of their own that went to 22 percent. But the latest Utopias alcohol volume gives Koch and Boston Beer Co. the clear title of having the strongest beer, said Sam Calagione, president and founder of Dogfish Head. "I must bow before him for Utopias," Calagione said. "I don't think we'll be brewing a beer that strong for a while."
Utopias has reached its unique strength through a 15-year aging process in barrels at the Boston Beer Co.'s brewery in Boston. It's aged and finished in wooden containers like Scotch whisky barrels and sherry casks. The drink's yeast strains are regularly used in making malts and champagne. A quick sip unveils a cognac-like hit combined with vanilla, honey, and maple flavors. The long production cycle is what limits its availability to once every two years. This holiday season, for example, Koch is only releasing 10,000 bottles with the suggested retail price of $150 apiece. "It's like making 21-year-old Scotch," Koch said. "Yeah, you can make more. You just can't have it for 21 years." The drink comes in a ceramic-and-copper bottle that resembles a tiny brew kettle. Thirteen states prohibit its sale because its alcohol content exceeds the legal limit for beer: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington.

            Collaborations-----

Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada go out on a limb with beer collaboration.

Milton-based Dogfish Head is heading west in a collaborative effort with a pioneer California craft brewer. This fall Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head, will release two collaborative beers. Limb & Life - a draft-only beer - will debut in October; with Life & Limb 24oz bottles and limited draft to follow in November. According to a release, Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada and Sam Calagione of Dogfish have become friends in the industry and found they have similar philosophies. Both men started out as home brewers obsessed with beer-making. Life & Limb is a 10% strong beer will be brewed with maple syrup from the Calagione family farm in Massachusetts and estate barley grown on the Grossman "farm" at the brewery in Chico, Calif. The beer will be naturally carbonated with birch syrup fresh from Alaska. Life & Limb will be available in 24-oz. bottles and limited draft starting this November. Limb & Life is a companion to the big beer. It is a 5% alcohol small beer and will be a limited draft-only product, a prelude to the bigger beer. It will be available in select bars and restaurants this October.
The two beers will be bottled at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., in Chico, Calif. and released through the Sierra Nevada distribution network.

Sam Adams-Weihenstephan, Collaboration  

- Boston Beer Co., brewer of Samuel Adams beers, and Germany’s historic Weihenstephan Brewery have announced they will partner to create a beer to be released next spring. Weinehstephan, founded by Benedictine monks in 1040, lays claim to being the oldest brewery in the world. Boston Beer, founded in 1984, is America’s largest craft brewery. The brewers from Samuel Adams and Weihenstephan have been working on the project for two years, "perfecting an innovative beer style that explores new brewing techniques within the boundaries of beer law." Their yet-to-be-named beer will be released in both the United States and Germany in cork-finished bottles and is expected to contain about 10 percent alcohol. "The Weihenstephan Brewery is a Mecca for brewers and people around the world who are passionate about beer and brewing. No brewer can stand at the site of this brewery without feeling a sense of reverence for what has been done here," Boston Beer founder Jim Koch said for a press release. "It is a great honor to work together on this mission to explore the limits of the Reinheitsgebot and to brew a beer that represents the platinum standard in the art of brewing.”

 Boulevard-Orval Collbaboration

 - Jean-Marie Rock, brewmaster at the Belgian Trappist brewery Orval teamed up with brewmaster Steven Pauwels of Boulevard Brewing to create a small production, limited release beer at Boulevard's Kansas City facility. The brewers, both native Belgians, made a strong pilsner similar to a lager brewed by Rock at the start of his career. “The beer will be made in a very traditional way,” Rock said when the collaboration was announced. “The methods by which it will be brewed, fermented, and lagered are no longer employed, though they made this beer fantastic. It is time to get a beer like this back in a glass.”

 Starbucks Corp. Will Add Beer And Wine

Starbucks Corp will add beer and wine to its menu of coffees, teas and snacks at one of its Seattle locations. The store has been named “15th Avenue Coffee and Tea inspired by Starbucks” and will open Friday. Starbucks plans to serve alcohol at two additional stores in Seattle and is determining locations for these stores, which will open in the coming months, a Starbucks spokeswoman said. The performance of the Seattle area stores will determine if Starbucks will sell alcohol elsewhere. Baristas completed a certification program in Washington to serve alcoholic beverages. The Seattle coffee giant (NASDAQ: SBUX) has 7,087 company-operated stores and 4,081 licensed stores in the United States. Starbucks was founded in 1971 as Starbucks Coffee, Tea and Spices.

Anheuser-Busch Debuts 55-Calorie Beer.  What’s wrong with this picture?

St. Louis - Anheuser-Busch announced the launch of Select 55, touted as the world's lightest beer, in select test markets spanning the US. Described by the brewer as a smooth, light golden lager with 55 calories and 1.9g carbohydrates per each 12-ounce serving, Select 55 answers a growing demand among a segment of adult drinkers who are seeking lower-calorie alcohol beverages to complement their busy lifestyles. Whether adult drinkers are looking for light refreshment after a busy day or if they simply enjoy delicious calorie-conscious foods and beverages, Select 55 offers an unparalleled clean, crisp flavor with fewer calories than any other beer currently available, according to A-B. "Select 55 is ideal for adults who want to enjoy beer without feeling guilty about the calories," said Pat McGauley, vice president of Innovation, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. "Perfect for a variety of occasions, adults will enjoy Select 55 at a double-header baseball game, while grilling on a hot summer day or relaxing at home with friends."
Featuring a light golden color, Select 55 is made with caramel malts and a blend of imported and domestic hopping. Brewed to complement the full-flavor of Budweiser Select, Select 55 features a unique recipe that gives the beer its crisp finish with aroma notes of toasted malt and subtle hopping. Select 55 is available in 15 markets across the country including: Tampa, Ft. Myers, Orlando (FL), Chicago, Peoria (IL), Louisville, Green Bay, Bloomington (IN), Cincinnati/Dayton, Des Moines (IA), San Diego, Dallas, Austin, Wichita Falls (TX) and Arizona. Brewed at Anheuser-Busch's St. Louis brewery, Select 55 is available in 12-ounce, clear signature crown glass bottles in 6- and 12-packs, and 12-ounce aluminum cans in 12- and 18-packs.

Editor's comment -The question that has been posed is: Are drinkers willing to sacrifice flavor and a bit of the buzz? And: How long before beer gets turned back into water?

Answers - Apparently yes, and not if we can stop it

Is Bud Light still No. 1?

 Chinese beer Snow has eclipsed Bud Light to become the world's best selling beer, according to data from one researcher, but Anheuser-Busch disputes that claim. Snow, which is brewed by SABMiller and its Chinese partner China Resources Enterprises Ltd., saw its sales volumes jump 19 percent in 2008, putting it ahead of Bud Light and Budweiser, according to data from researcher Plato Logic, Reuters reported. But Dave Peacock, president of St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch Inc., now a subsidiary of Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev, said the comparison doesn’t show the real story. “Bud Light, the world’s best-selling beer, is a single trademark brand and the largest brand within the Budweiser family,” he said in a statement. As its own individual brand, Bud Light only competes in a single price segment within a market. Snow represents a family of beer brands that includes at least 25 individual extensions such as Snow Draft Beer, Snow Super-Premium and Snow Original Malt. These extensions compete across several price segments from popular to super-premium. Combined, these extensions make up the total volume for the Snow family of brands.”

Yuengling & Son Inc. Closes in on No. 1

Pottsville, Pa.—America's oldest brewery might soon be the largest American-owned brewer. Riding a 20-year wave of growth, D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. is closing in on sales of 2 million barrels a year, bringing the 180-year-old company within a pint or two of surpassing the Boston Beer Co. and its Samuel Adams brands in salesA big reason is that foreign-based companies have acquired such beer behemoths as Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors. Another is the coal-region beer's rapid growth. "It's been strategic expansion, along with doing extremely well in their home market," Paul Gatza, the director of the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colo., said of Yuengling's success. That said, Yuengling is still dwarfed by Anheuser-Busch, which rolls out 100 million barrels a year nationally, Gatza said. Privately held Yuengling, which employs 225, does not release income or earning reports. Still, Yuengling's sales growth is remarkable considering its beer is available in just a dozen states, mostly along the East Coast. And its sales, stale for decades, began bubbling up from less than 100,000 barrels a year as recently as 1985, when Dick Yuengling Jr. bought the company from his father. "Could we go into Ohio or Texas tomorrow?" asked Yuengling marketing director Lou Romano. "Yes. And we could become the largest American-owned brewery in the United States overnight. I get calls daily from consumers all over the country asking when we're going to get there." Those eager drinkers could be waiting for a while. After building a brewery in Pottsville, purchasing another in Tampa, Fla., and presiding over a period of unparalleled sales growth, Dick Yuengling said he's pushing the "pause" button.
No more building, no more brewery acquisitions and no new states after West Virginia is added to Yuengling's lineup this spring, he said. "I don't see it," Yuengling said. "I'm 66, and I am not going through that again. I appreciate all the growth, but I don't want to open another brewery in my lifetime."

  
 Import Important

 

Brewdog Unleashes Tactical Nuclear Penguin - The World's Strongest Beer

Most beers contain an alcohol percentage of around 6%. Some have more, some have less, but no beer has more than 31% alcohol. That is until now. Brewdog has created a beer called 'Tactical Nuclear Penguin,"which, at 32% alcohol, is the world's strongest beer. Bud Light, for example, has 5% alcohol by volume. Tactical Nuclear Penguin has more than 6 times that. Brewdog will be bringing Tactical Nuclear Penguin to The United States later this year. When you get your hands on one of these deadly beers, remember that it is not your typical beer. It is the world's strongest beer.

Beer Policy Sparks Carlsberg Strike

COPENHAGEN — Scores of Carlsberg workers walked off their jobs in protest Thursday after the Danish brewer tightened laid-back rules on workplace drinking and removed beer coolers from work sites, a company spokesman said. The warehouse and production workers in Denmark are rebelling against the company's new alcohol policy, which allows them to drink beer only during lunch hours in the canteen. Previously, they could help themselves to beer throughout the day, from coolers placed around the work sites. the only restriction was "that you could not be drunk at work. It was up to each and every one to be responsible," company spokesman Jens Bekke said. Carlsberg had mulled a stricter drinking policy for years and finally decided to impose the new rules on April 1, prompting protests from the staff. Bekke said the strike resulted in interruptions to beer transports in and around Copenhagen. Carlsberg's truck drivers joined the strike in sympathy — even though they are exempt from the new rules, Bekke said. The truck drivers are permitted to bring three beers from the canteen because they often don't have time to have lunch there. The trucks have alcohol ignition locks preventing the drivers from driving drunk, he added.

Britain Appoints Minister For Pubs

The British government has appointed a minister of pubs, who will be in charge of trying to slow the rate at which pubs are closing. Wentworth MP John Healey, also housing and planning minister, will head a five-minister task force. He reportedly is considering tax breaks for pubs and giving tenants the right to buy pubs from landlords if they are threatened with closure. British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said the rate of pub closures slowed from 52 a week in the first half of 2009 to 39 a week, but remains a serious problem

Fire at Dublin Guinness Brewery

A fire at Dublin's famed Guinness brewery badly damaged a storage building Monday and left two firefighters hospitalized with respiratory problems, emergency officials said. Guinness parent company Diageo PLC said the fire started while a construction worker used a blow torch to repair the felt-lined roof of the unoccupied building, one of dozens on the sprawling brewery site. The building stored empty containers and machinery, not beer. Dublin's fire department said it took 15 units more than three hours to bring the flames under control. Two firefighters were in stable condition at the nearby St. James' Hospital after inhaling what colleagues suspected was ammonia gas. The fire sent billowing black smoke over the Dublin skyline and forced authorities to suspend services at a light-rail line that passes the Guinness complex. But Diageo said brewing operations and tours at the brewery's tourist center - the most popular attraction in Dublin - continued in other buildings a half-mile away while firefighters battled the blaze. Guinness brews its flagship dark-brown stout, as well as lagers Carlsberg and Budweiser, at the brewery in west Dublin. The company recently celebrated its 250th anniversary of continuous operations at the site. Earlier this year, Diageo put on hold its 2008 plans to spend $1.2 billion in a radical shake up of its brewing operations in Ireland. Half of the Guinness site in Dublin, including the area affected by Monday's fire, would have been sold for property development. That idea had to be shelved as Ireland fell into deep recession and its property market plummeted over the past year.

Russian Leader Orders Restrictions On Beer

 

MOSCOW --President Dmitry Medvedev is ordering new restrictions on the sale of beer and similar beverages in what appears to be his first effort to battle Russia's rampant alcoholism. Medvedev has publicly decried Russia's drinking problem and its effect on the nation's well-being. The planned new restrictions would bar the sale of beer in cans or bottles larger than one-third of a liter (about 12 ounces). The new rules apply to "light alcohol" beverages but not to wine, vodka or other hard liquors. A study published in June in The Lancet medical journal found that drinking has caused more than half of deaths among Russians aged 15 to 54 since the 1991 Soviet collapse. 

 

German Beer Sales Fall Again

 German beer sales continued their downward spiral in 2009, falling 2.8%. The drop was the biggest since 1998. The only break in the ongoing decline came in 2006, when Germany hosted the World Cup and sales rose marginally. Overall, beer sales have declined 30% in the past 20 years although consumption of alcohol, reduced to pure ethanol, has remained constant. Krombacher Brauerei, which brews Germany’s best-selling lager, expects beer consumption to decline in its home market this year, blaming an aging population that drinks less.

Space Beer Has Cleared The Tower

 

At last, the long awaited Space Barley—the beer made with barley grown in space—is here to take you where everyone has been before: Drunk. Fortunately, nobody can hear you shouting in space, which is good for my hangovers. What’s so special about the Space Barley? The “space barley” used to make this beer is the fourth generation descendant of the Haruna Nijo malting barley that was developed by Sapporo Breweries and kept in space for five months during 2006 as part of our collaborative research with the Russian Academy of Sciences and Okayama University with the purpose of achieving self-sufficiency in food in the space environment. Since Sapporo Breweries was founded, we have continued to create excellent varieties for raw materials, and we are the only company in the world that operates breeding/research organisations for both barley and hops. This, the world’s first sale of this “space beer,” is the result of our extended nurturing/development of the required technologies. Sounds good to me, Sr. Sapporo. The only bad thing is that there are only 250 boxes available, each with six 330ml bottles. I’d gladly pay the $US113 to get one of these, but you have to first get into a lottery at the Space Barley page.

 

Scottish Brewer Claims World's Strongest Beer - Brewdog Releases World's Strongest Beer.

Campaigners say marketing of BrewDog's 32%-alcohol Tactical Nuclear Penguin is 'cynical' A small Scottish brewery with a taste for controversy has produced what it claims to be the world's strongest beer, one so alcoholic it is designed to be drunk in whisky-sized nips and comes with its own resealable stopper. The beer, which goes by the name Tactical Nuclear Penguin, has been made by a company called BrewDog in Fraserburgh, north-east Scotland. It has an alcohol content of 32%, roughly eight times the strength of normal beers and lagers, and will be sold at £30 a bottle, or £250 for an additional share in the company. BrewDog says its beer, an "imperial stout", is intended for connoisseurs. Only 500 330ml bottles have been produced, and it will only be sold online and at two off-licences in Edinburgh and London. "This is completely pushing the boundaries," said James Watt, the firm's co-founder. Tactical Nuclear Penguin was named partly, he said, because the beer's record alcohol content came from freezing it in a local ice cream factory. That separated the water from the alcohol, concentrating the alcohol. It was then matured in former whisky casks for 18 months. The previous record-holder was a German beer, Schorschbraer, with an ABV of 31%, Watt added.

Amsterdam Lets "Beer Bike" Ride On, With Limits

Amsterdam (Reuters) – The beer bike will ride on in Amsterdam. The outsized bikes, seating groups of people around a central bar, are something of a fixture in the city's center. But two accidents within two months prompted the city councillor responsible for transport to launch an investigation in June. Following that review the city has decided to allow the bikes to carry on riding, a city spokesman said Saturday. They will, however, need permits from the various city boroughs, and those permits are likely to come with restrictions on hours of operation and requirements for a sober driver. While non-drinkers already typically steer the bikes, their size has also been an issue in some cases on the city centre's narrow streets. One of the better-known operators, PartyFiets.nl, offers two-hour tours on bikes that seat up to 22 people and carry 30 litres (7.9 gallons) of beer.

Alcohol-Free Beer Makes Smashing Debut in Japan

TOKYO— For decades, low-alcohol beer has always taken a backseat in the Japanese brewery industry, dodging complaints about taste and fears that the drink is still prone to the risks of drunken driving. But a new product by Japan's second-biggest brewer Kirin Brewery Co. seems to be beating the odds with the rollout of what it claims is the world's first alcohol-free beer -- Kirin Free. The 0.00 percent alcohol label became an instant hit with truck drivers, pregnant women, beer lovers on long-distance golfing trips and even with hospital patients. Its sales record since its debut in April is continuing to gain strength as the scorching summer heat strokes more demand for beer. In mid-May, Kirin revised upward its annual sales target for the new product from 630,000 cases, each containing 20 633-milliliter bottles, to 1.6 million cases. The target is already within close range with around 1.1 million cases sold as of the end of June. A 350-ml can costs around 148 yen, cheaper than regular beer. "We never realized this drink would have such huge potential," said Namiko Kajiwara, a company official in charge of Kirin Free development and marketing. "I think we aroused a latent need that was lying dormant." Sales volume for low-alcohol beer shrank over 30 percent in 2007 from its peak in 2003, when major brewers flooded into the market on the back of more stringent traffic laws, according to a report by Japanese market research firm Fuji Keizai Co. Kirin's Kajiwara admits it was a long process to achieve an authentic beer taste, while suppressing alcoholic content. "People in the industry said it would be impossible to develop a beer-tasting drink with 0.00 percent alcohol," she said. But the product was developed by skipping the usual yeast fermentation process, which normally creates alcohol, and instead employing multiple technologies for which Kirin is soon likely to win patents. Japan's liquor law defines alcoholic beverages as drinks in which alcohol accounts for 1 percent or more of the ingredients. Fans of the new product say Kirin has managed to reproduce the full-bodied malt presence, the hop flavor and the caramel color with enough white foam to throw off even real beer lovers. "For a beer lover like me, it's great to have something that is infinitely close to regular beer," Kazuo Koda, a 59-year-old resident of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, said. "It's strange but I even feel a bit tipsy" And Kirin envisioned exactly a setting like this when it held a launch event at a rare venue, an expressway rest stop, following a series of driving tests to ensure the safety of drinking Kirin Free. The release of the product also coincided with the revision of the Japanese traffic law, which imposed harsher penalties on drunken driving.

North Korea Runs Its First Televised Beer Ad

In an apparent first, North Korea — a country that struggles to feed its 24 million people — has aired a beer commercial on state television. The advertisement, which lasted nearly three minutes after a news program on Thursday, showed a grinning Korean man with sweat on his face holding a glass of beer, with a caption that read, "Taedong River Beer is the pride of Pyongyang." The commercial said the beer relieves stress and improves health and longevity. It also showed images of a pub it said was in the capital of Pyongyang, filled with people drinking. Normally, there are no advertisements on television in North Korea, an isolated, communist country that tightly controls its economy and is wary of capitalistic influences. Programming consists of news, factory descriptions, some children's animation shows, and documentaries on leader Kim Jong Il and his father Kim Il Sung, interspersed with propaganda slogans and music, according to a South Korean Unification Ministry official. The official, who has been monitoring the North's television for more than two decades, told The Associated Press that it was the first time he had seen any sort of advertisement for food, much less beer — although he has seen programs on North Korean cuisine. He asked not to be identified as he was not authorized to speak to media. The commercial assured viewers of the beer's quality and nutritional value, saying it was made of rice and contained protein and vitamin B2. It was unclear how much the beer cost and how many North Koreans could afford it. The country is among the poorest in the world, with an average per capita income of $1,065 in 2008, according to the South's central bank. The North faces chronic food shortages and has relied on food aid to feed its population since a famine that is believed to have killed as many as 2 million in the mid and late-1990s. Kim Jong Il, the North Korean leader, apparently enjoys beer. Kenji Fujimoto, a Japanese sushi chef for Kim, said in a 2003 memoir that he traveled the world for the leader, buying Czech beer as well as Chinese melons, Danish pork and Thai papayas. Kim's wine cellar was stocked with 10,000 bottles, the chef said, and banquets often started at midnight and lasted into the morning.

 

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Raise a Glass of F***ing Hell

A German brewery has won its battle to market a beer called F***ing Hell, The Sun reported on March, 29. The beer has been named after the Austrian village of F**king, a popular destination with tourists, who enjoy being photographed in front of the traffic sign on which the village's name is printed. A few years ago, residents voted to keep the name, despite the problems caused by the tourists.  The European Patent Office originally rejected the brand 'F**king Hell beer' saying it contained a swear word. But after the brewery proved the village of F**king actually existed, EU officials were forced to back down.  Brewery spokesman Stefan Fellenberg said: "In German the word for a lager beer is a Helles Beer, so we have also patented the name F**king Hell, which means lager from F**king of course. "I don't understand why the patents office think of something else. They must have dirty minds."
The bizarre name is understood to come from a sixth century noble called Lord Focko, with 'ing' being old German for 'family of'. The German pronunciation is different from the English.

Just In Case You Didn't Already Know, George Wendt Really Loves Beer.

In fact, the “Cheers” star, now 61, loves it so much that he not only based most of his career playing a guy who lives for his brew, but he also wrote a book about his love affair with his beverage of choice. “Beer has been very good to me over the years and I felt it was time to give something back,” Wendt tells Foxnews.com. “I could have written a poem or a Barry White love song or something like this, but I opted for the book instead.” “Drinking With George: A Barstool Professional’s Guide to Beer” is a cross between a love letter to beer and Wendt’s memoir. After years of being approached to write a book, Wendt tells Foxnews.com that decided he wanted to write a beer humor book filled with his “lifetime of research.” And while both he and Norm loved beer, Wendt says the similarities pretty much end there.  “I have a much better relationship with my wife than Norm did,” Wendt said before joking that Norm “had way better writers than I did.” Since “Cheers” ended, Wendt says he has kept busy writing his book and doing theater, starring in productions like “12 Angry Men” and “Hairspray” on Broadway..  “Drinking With George” is available from Simon Spotlight Entertainment.

Beer Perfume Can Lure Anyone.

Ladies, there's finally a way to attract a man and save the planet at the same time. A beer powered perfume is now on tap, NBC communicated on December, 28. When it comes to the male pursuit of women, guys aren't real choosy when it comes to the scent of a woman, but there is one aroma that does pique many a man's interest. Chemists from Seattle's Blue Marble Energy are cooking up a perfume made from the waste products of a local organic brewery. James Stephens of Blue Marble Energy says the product is a viscous sludge - a mixture of about 50,000 different kinds of bacteria. Black sludge, rancid beer grains, green slimey stuff and it's all good for the earth and you. The grains replacing the petroleum in the process make this perfume completely carbon neutral. The local, handmade perfume by sweet anthem does smell nice, comes in both masculine and feminine versions. When asked if one goes better with nachos or chocolate, Meredith Tucker of Sweet Anthem Perfumes says, "Well, it's all personal taste."
Back at the bar, a test group takes their noses out of the beers and tries the perfume. It gets a thumbs up, but the guys are still pushing their own product. "Beer smells good," beer drinker Conrad Eaton said. "A lot of people like beer, and a lot of people like women."

Bear Run! Black Bear Chills In Wis. Beer Cooler

HAYWARD, Wis. - Shoppers in a Wisconsin grocery store got an unexpected surprise when a 125-pound black bear wandered inside and headed straight for the beer cooler. The bear stopped Friday night at Marketplace Foods in Hayward, about 140 miles northeast of Minneapolis, sauntering through the automatic doors and heading straight for the liquor department. It calmly climbed up 12 feet onto a shelf in the beer cooler where it sat for about an hour while employees helped evacuate customers and summoned wildlife officials. Officials from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tranquilized the animal and took it out of the store. Store workers say the bear seemed content in the cooler and did not consume any alcohol.

Scientists create a material to extend beer’s shelf life

A material that could lead to beer with significantly longer shelf life has been designed by researchers, BBC reported on August, 4. The approach works by removing riboflavin, or vitamin B2, which causes changes to beer's flavour when exposed to light passing through the bottle.
Scientists at the Technical University of Dortmund designed a polymer "trap" with tiny crevices that capture the riboflavin molecules. Beer is most often stored in translucent containers and is more prone to the effects of light on its long-term storage. In a process called photo-oxidation, ultraviolet light can strip off charged atoms that can go on to degrade other chemicals or proteins in the drink, ultimately affecting its flavour and shortening its shelf life. Borje Sellergren of the Technical University of Dortmund made use of a technique called molecular imprinting to design a solution to the riboflavin problem. The process involves chemically designing a riboflavin-shaped cavity into a polymer by moulding it around riboflavin molecules and then removing them. These polymer cavities are then made in high quantities, selectively trapping riboflavin when dunked into a vat of beer. The idea mimics biological systems such as antibodies which are targeted in a similar "lock-and-key" way for mopping up bacteria or viruses. "The technology itself is more generic than we've shown here," Dr Sellergren said. "There are a number of examples where this kind of absorbance can be used for the removal of specific unwanted compounds in food - flavours, impurities, pesticides, and spoilage agents as we've shown here." "The next step is to demonstrate for the brewery industry and food industry that we have this capability now."

Online Craft Beer Petitions Could Revolutionize Market  

Washington—The day when craft beer enthusiasts can get the craft beer brands they want at the locations they want them may be very close at hand.BeerPetitions.com, a new website launched this week, aims to empower craft beer drinkers to centralize their beer demands online so that local retail establishments will know the beer brands their customers want to purchase. This web tool could change how retail establishments choose beer brands and possibly increase craft beer market share. BeerPetitions.com allows registered users to create an online petition for a specific beer brand to be carried at a particular retail establishment such as a bar, restaurant, or store. Members create profiles, add their signatures to petitions, and add comments to petition pages. Members also have the option to receive e-mail alerts when new petitions are created for selected retail establishments. "In addition to empowering purchasers, this simple tool will also help craft breweries, craft distributors and retailers better understand the changing tastes and demands of their local consumers," said BeerPetitions.com founder Brandon Turman. Bars can set up petitions for craft beer brands they are considering and have their patrons essentially vote for which brand should be carried—taking the guesswork out of purchasing decisions. In addition, the bar owner can then e-mail patrons who signed the successful petition to come in and purchase the newly delivered beer brand. Connecting retailers to patrons will ultimately lead to more satisfied customers and increased sales for retailers. Craft breweries can also benefit from the service by creating petitions for their beer brands at targeted retail establishments and promoting the petitions to their fan bases. "If a sales representative from a craft brewery can approach a retailer with a list of over 100 signatures for one of their beer brands, it establishes a visible source of demand and will provide a compelling competitive advantage," said Jonathon Lunardi, editor of JustBeerNews.com. To help members and retailers get started, informational pages give step-by-step instructions for creating successful petitions and setting up e-mail alerts. All tools are available completely free and revenue is planned with advertising and affiliate partnerships. "BeerPetitions.com is a great resource for both general beer drinkers and purveyors of extreme craft brands," says Luke Livingston, social media expert and author of industry-leading BlogAboutBeer.com. "The general public is now able to collectively organize to convince distributors to bring wide-reaching beers such as Yuengling lager to a new state, while extreme craft drinkers can petition a specific retail shop or bar to experiment with a rare beer brand that is already available through a distributor."

College Students Launch Cheap Beer Site

 Phenoix -- A new Web site launched Tuesday by two Fullerton college students is helping beer drinkers save a little money.  David Echanique and Brandon McKenney created ThriftyBeer.com to research prices from thousands of stores across Arizona to help people find the best prices on beer. Users select their city and ThriftyBeer.com gives them a list of the top 10 cheapest stores. The site lists each of the stores' prices by ounce. It then displays the location of all the stores on the list on a Google map, allowing the users to choose the store closest to them. Savings on beer can range from a few dollars to upwards of $10. The site currently also researches prices in certain areas in California and also the Las Vegas metro area. Echanique and McKenney hope to expand into Florida by the end of the summer.

One Of The Strangest Beer Lawsuits, Or Does Beer Go With Girls

During the 1990ies, US brewer Anheuser-Busch (now part of the Belgium-based brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev) ran for its Budweiser brand a series of adverts where two beautiful women appeared in front of two truck drivers drinking the brew.  Inspired by the advert, Michigan man Richard Overton promptly bought a case of the beer, drank it and waited - but no hot babes appeared. The disappointed consumer filed a lawsuit against the brewer. Overton cited emotional distress and mental injury due to false advertising and wanted over $10,000 in damages. Thankfully, the court realized it would take a hell of a lot more than a case of Budweiser to get this loser a date and they decided to dismiss the case.

10 Food & Beer Pairings Not To Try

From Stephen Beaumont’s “World of Beer” People carp about food and beer pairings, griping that they're just made up pretentions that have no right being associated with something as inclusive and democratic as beer. "It's the drink of the common man," they cry, "Beer goes with everything!" To which I respond, uh, no, it doesn't. And to prove my point, here are ten food and beer partnerships guaranteed to make you wish you had. http://www.worldofbeer.com/features/

Beer and Health - Beer and Science

 

Drinking Beer Before Exams Does Not Impair The Results.

Students who take exams the morning after a night of heavy drinking do not end up with lower marks, The Telegraph cited the results of a new study on March, 24. Consuming beer the night before exams has no discernable effect on results in two types of test, the study showed. While some previous studies, using surveys, have found that students who drink heavily have more academic difficulties than their peers who drink more moderately, the research is the first to put that theory to the test in a real-life environment. The team of researchers, from Boston University School of Public Health and Brown University, tested 193 university students, aged 21 to 24. Over the course of four days one evening and the next morning, and then a second evening and morning a week later volunteer participants received either beer or nonalcoholic beer. They received the opposite drink the second time they were tested. The morning after, participants were given the practice versions of a university exam, as well as a mock quiz on an academic lecture they received the previous afternoon. Students were monitored overnight by an emergency medical technician. The study found that participants scored no differently on the test, or on the quizzes, whether they had consumed alcoholic or non-alcoholic beer. Jonathan Howland, one of the study's authors, noted that the students scored relatively highly, suggesting they were taking the tests seriously.  However the study noted that binge drinking could affect other types of academic performance, such as essay-writing and problem-solving requiring higher-order cognitive skills. "We do not conclude that excessive drinking is not a risk factor for academic problems

Beer May Be Good For Your Bones from By Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor LiveScience.com

If you downed one too many while watching the Super Bowl, here's at least one reason to hold your head high: Drinking beer can be good for your health. But seriously, a new analysis of 100 commercial beers shows the hoppy beverage is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for bone health. Though past research has suggested beer is chockfull of silicon, little was known about how silicon levels varied with the type of beer and malting process used. So a pair of researchers took one for the team and ran chemical analyses on beer's raw ingredients. They also picked up 100 commercial beers from the grocery store and measured the silicon content. The silicon content of the beers ranged from 6.4 mg/L to 56.5 mg/L, with an average of 30 mg/L. Two beers are the equivalent of just under a half liter, so a person could get 30 mg of the nutrient from two beers. And while there is no official recommendation for daily silicon uptake, the researchers say, in the United States, individuals consume between 20 and 50 mg of silicon each day. However, other studies show that consuming more than one or two alcoholic beverages a day may be, overall, bad for health. The take-home message for the casual drinker: "Choose the beer you enjoy. Drink it in moderation," lead researcher Charles Bamforth of the University of California, Davis, told LiveScience. "It is contributing silicon (and more) to your good health." Bamforth and his colleague Troy Casey, both of the university's Department of Food Science and Technology, detail their findings in the February issue of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. The silicon levels of beer types, on average:

Their research showed the malting process didn't affect barley's silicon content, which is mostly in the grain's husk. However, pale-colored malts had more silicon than the darker products, such as the chocolate, roasted barley and black malt, which all have substantial roasting. The scientists aren't sure why these darker malts have less silicon than other malts. Hops were the stars of the beer ingredients, showing as much as four times more silicon than was found in malt. The downside: Hops make up a much smaller portion of beer compared with grain. Some beers, such as IPAs are hoppier, while wheat beers tend to have fewer hops than other brews, the researchers say. "Beers containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon," Bamforth said. "Wheat contains less silicon than barley because it is the husk of the barley that is rich in this element. While most of the silicon remains in the husk during brewing, significant quantities of silicon nonetheless are extracted into wort and much of this survives into beer." (Wort is the sweet liquid that comes from mashing the grains and eventually becomes beer.)

Got beer?

While the researchers are not recommending gulping beer to meet your silicon intake needs, their study does add to others on the potential health benefits of this cold beverage. The type of silicon in beer, called orthosilicic acid, has a 50 percent bioavailability, meaning that much is available for use in the body. Some foods, like bananas are rich in silicon but only 5 percent is bioavailable. This soluble form of silica found in beer could be important for the growth and development of bone and connective tissue, according to the National Institutes of Health. Past research has suggested that moderate beer consumption may help fight osteoporosis, a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. Another past study involving nearly 1,700 women reported last year in the journal Nutrition showed participants who were light to moderate beer drinkers had much better bone density than non-drinkers. The researchers suggested the beer's plant hormones, not the alcohol, could be

Beer Could Be Good For Your Prostate

Posted Dec 10, 2009 by Rachel Folz (NBC) - Finally, the medical story guys have been waiting for. There is preliminary evidence an ingredient in beer just might help prevent prostate cancer This ingredient is a natural compound derived from hops. In lab studies with prostate cancer cells and animals, the substance was able to block the effect of testosterone on the prostate. Now, this finding is in its very early stages, and experts point out this does not mean drinking a lot of beer would have any preventative effect. The intriguing research continues.

Beer helpful in fighting both breast- and prostate cancer

A type of polyphenol present in hops helps prevent prostate cancer, a new German research shows. The compound is a tannin called xanthohumol, and is responsible for the bitter taste of beer. Xanthohumol blocks male testosterone receptors, which may be why ingesting the molecule helps prevent the development of prostate cancer. Lead researcher Clarissa Gerhauser of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg said that her team hoped that one day they could demonstrate their finding in animal models and eventually humans, though they had only just begun their research. Studies have also shown that xanthohumol blocks oestrogen by binding to its receptors. The researchers said that the hormone-blocking property of the compound may lead to its use in the prevention of both breast- and prostate cancer. For the purposes of their research, the German team extracted prostate cancer cells that relied on testosterone in order to grow. When the control cells were given testosterone, they began to secrete prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a common marker for prostate cancer in men. Gerhauser said that, when her team treated the cells with a cocktail of testosterone and xanthohumol, PSA secretion was inhibited.
She said that the amount of inhibition was proportional to the amount of xanthohumol dispensed to the subjects in the cocktail itself. So far, the researchers have found similar testosterone-blocking effects using xanthohumol in castrated rats. Gerhauser said that xanthohumol reduced the effects of the hormones in the prostate tissues of the rats studied by her team. Gerhauser said that because xanthohumol is a plant-based natural remedy, it should be considered for prostate treatment alongside the drugs manufactured by pharmaceutical firms.

Moderate Drinking Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Los Angeles - Long-time moderate alcohol consumption may lower the risk of heart disease, a new study revealed. Moderate drinking can reduce heart disease risk by up to one-third in men and to a lesser degree in women, according to a Spanish study published in the Nov. 19 online issue of Heart, an American journal. The type of alcohol -- beer, wine or spirits -- made no difference, said the study conducted by researchers at the Public Health Department of Gipuzkoa, Basque Government, in San Sebastian. But protective effect can wear off at higher levels in men, the study warned. The researchers based their conclusion on analysis of 10-year data on 15,500 men and nearly 26,000 women who participated in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer study. The rate of coronary heart disease for non-drinking women in the study was 56 per 100,000. For women listed as low drinkers, averaging less than 5 grams a day, the figure was 42. For women who were moderate drinkers (5 to 30 grams a day), it was 36. The figure for both high drinkers (30 to 90 grams a day) and heavy drinkers (more than 90 grams a day) was 12. The rates for men were 398 per 100,000 for those who never drank, 318 for low drinkers, 255 for moderate drinkers, 278 for high drinkers and 334 for heavy drinkers. But the study said that for men, there was a point at which the coronary benefits of alcohol declined, and risk began to rise again. "This is one of a long line of such studies, probably 60 or 70 done in different populations around the world," said Eric B. Rimm, an associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. "But it is comforting, showing that even if you live in a Mediterranean country and eat the different diet there, moderate drinking puts you at a much lower risk of heart disease." The American Heart Association recommendation is that "if you drink, do so in moderation." That means one to two drinks a day for a man, one drink a day for a woman, with a drink defined as 12 ounces of beer, 4 ounces of wine or 1 ounce of 100-proof spirits.

Alcohol And The Elderly: Studies Point To Benefits

 Sept. 29 - Seniors may help ward off dementia by indulging in a beer or a glass of wine daily, new studies suggest. But there's an important caveat: The findings apply to healthy people, not those with mild cognitive impairments or other chronic medical conditions. The studies add to scientific literature documenting potential health benefits associated with moderate alcohol consumption. For seniors, benefits include a reduced risk of dementia, heart disease, diabetes, disability and stroke. It's well known that moderate drinkers tend to get more exercise, weigh less and be healthier overall. Though researchers try to adjust for those and other differences they may fail to do so sufficiently, said Dr. Alison Moore, assistant professor of medicine and psychiatry at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. The newest research comes out of Wake Forest University and was presented this summer at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease in Vienna. The report looked at people 75 and older who had 8 to 14 drinks a week. Those without memory problems at the start of the six-year study were 37 percent less likely to develop dementia than people who didn't drink at all. What could account for the result? Research suggests that moderate alcohol consumption prevents heart disease and perhaps stroke as well by keeping blood clots from forming, raising so-called "good" cholesterol, and making blood less viscous. "Things that are good for your heart are good for your brain," said lead researcher Dr. Kaycee Sink, a geriatrician at Wake Forest. A July study in The American Journal of Psychiatry confirms the positive finding. It analyzed 15 previous studies involving more than 28,000 individuals over the age of 60 and discovered that men who drank moderately were 45 percent less likely to develop dementia. For women, the reduction in risk was 27 percent. But those beneficial effects don't apply to everyone. In the Wake Forest study, older adults with mild cognitive impairments fared worse when they consumed any amount of alcohol. Also, heavy drinkers were almost twice as likely to develop dementia. These exceptions don't come as a surprise. Alcohol is known to have a sedative effect, potentially impairing a senior's mental status, balance and coordination and heightening an older adult's confusion and susceptibility to falls and accidents, experts note. Also, alcohol interacts poorly with many medications routinely taken by older people, sometimes lessening their effectiveness. A higher risk of some kinds of cancer is also associated with alcohol, complicating the calculation of potential benefits versus harm. Then, there's the potential for addiction: As many as 11 percent of seniors admitted to hospitals exhibit symptoms of alcoholism, according to government data. Biologically, seniors metabolize alcohol more slowly than younger adults and have less tolerance to liquor. Given the same number of drinks, an older adult will have higher blood alcohol levels than someone who's middle-age, according to Samir Zakhari, director of the division of metabolism and health effects at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. On a practical level, that means seniors need to be more careful after having a drink or two, said Sarah Jo Nixon, chief of the division of addiction research at the University of Florida. Older adults should wait at least an hour before driving, she said. Recommendations call for older men to have no more than two drinks a day and for older women to have no more than one drink a day - if they already have the habit. It doesn't make sense for seniors to start drinking if they've abstained during middle age, in part because it probably takes many years for potential benefits to accrue, experts say. "Basic clinical advice is, 'If you don't drink, don't start, and if you do drink, watch how much you drink,'" said Dr. Gary Kennedy, director of geriatric psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

Beer Proven To Strengthen Bones

Beer could stop bones from going brittle, the journal Nutrition recently reported. A study by the University of Extremadura in Caceres, Spain, found that the bones of women who drink beer regularly are stronger, meaning they are less likely to suffer from osteoporosis. It is thought that the high level of silicon in beer slows down the thinning that leads to fractures and boosts the formation of new bone. Beer is also rich in phytoestrogens, plant versions of oestrogen, which keep bones healthy. Bones are made up of a mesh of fibres, minerals, blood vessels and marrow, and healthy ones are denser with smaller spaces between the different parts. The researchers asked almost 1,700 healthy women with an average age of 48 about their drinking habits. They then underwent ultrasound scans, which showed the bones in the hands of beer drinkers to be denser. The women's hands were chosen because the bones in the fingers are among the first to show signs of osteoporosis. Those classed as light beer drinkers - covering consumption of up to 280 grams of alcohol a week - fared just as well as those in the moderate bracket, suggesting that even small amounts can boost bone health. The Spanish researchers said: 'Silicon plays a major role in bone formation. Beer has been claimed to be one of the most important sources of silicon in the Western diet.'

A Glass of Beer: Ten Points For

1. Beer reduces general heart disease. Vitamin B6, found in beer, prevents the build-up of homocysteine, an amino acid which has been linked to heart disease. Higher levels of homocysteine in our bodies can make us more susceptible to vascular and heart diseases.

2. Coronary artery disease (CAD). Case studies have shown that 30-35% of men who drink beer in moderation are less likely to have heart attacks. Polyphenol, an antioxidant, is just as much present in beer as it is in red wines.

3. Beer reduces risk of coronary thrombosis. Coronary thrombosis occurs when the opening of an artery becomes so small, the flow of blood is blocked. Beer acts as a blood thinner, reducing the risk of a heart attack.

4. Beer reduces risk of atherosclerosis. Beer boosts levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the good cholesterol, lowers insulin levels, which is good for non-diabetics because it reduces the chance of developing atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.

5. Beer reduces risk of kidney stones. It is not 100% certain why kidney stones form. Genetics and diet have played a major role with those individuals who develop them. Kidney stones may be reduced in middle-aged men by 40%. Scientists are unsure if these results were due to the water, alcohol, or hops.

6. Insomnia is a common disorder that affects 1 out of every 10 adults. A good night sleep is beneficial for you energy level and mood. The general affect of beer has a tendency to make one drowsy.

7. Cancer. The hops in beer contain xanthohumol, a powerful antioxidant. Concentrations of xanthohumol occur naturally in dark beer and can assist your body in stopping the early stages of tumor growth.

8. Beer reduces osteoporosis. Hops in beer contain phyto-estrogens, a compound that will help reduce hot flashes and fight osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Beer, however, should not be used as a replacement for estrogen therapy.

9. Beer lowers cholesterol. Moderate consumption of beer has been shown to increase the HDL cholesterol and lowers the low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as the “bad cholesterol” in postmenopausal women. Analyzed data suggests more than one or two servings per day is not productive and considered detrimental.

10. Hypertension. Studies have shown a 14% lowered risk in high blood pressure by women consuming two or three beers a week. Hypertension is a disease where the blood pressure is chronically elevated.

An average 0.33 litre bottle of beer contains 150 calories, no fat, no cholesterol, no caffeine, and is 92% water.

Beer is never too old to drink

Old beer is not harmful to health, Beerandhealth.com informs.

As the EU requirement to place a consume-by date on the bottles was introduced a couple of years ago, the Objective Beer Tasters, a Belgian association of beer consumers, conducted a campaign against this measure. The breweries are not happy with a compulsory consume-by date on the label, either. Beer does not really go off, although the flavour can change and it may turn slightly cloudy, experts advise.  Lager in particular has a tendency to cloud over time. The gradual clouding is caused by bonds being formed between proteins (from the malt) and polyphenols (from the chaff of the malt and the hops), so that is why types of malt are selected with not too high a protein content in which the proteins easily coagulate and can be removed during the brewing process.  Consumers do not like cloudy lager. Keeping lager clear is generally a sales issue. Drinking cloudy lager has no effect on the health of the drinker. Some  special beers are deliberately made and sold cloudy. Results from Dr. Denke’s 2001 clinical study corroborated the growing body of research showing that moderate consumption of alcohol can considerably decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke. But Dr. Denke goes on step further, asserting that beer is actually more beneficial than other alcoholic drinks because it contains so much more nutrients than wine and spirits.

 Nutrition

One average beer contains the following nutritional benefits: 

 Health Benefits

Beer Does Not Make You Fat – Scientists Prove

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Beer does not make you to gain excessive weight, a “beer” belly is a myth, British scientists claimed at publishing the results of a research earlier this month. A group of British and Czech researches carried out an experiment which embraced more than 2,000 Czech beer lovers (according to the statistics, the Czech Republic has the highest annual beer consumption per capita). No connection between the quantity of beer consumed and the volumes of the participants’ waists was established, it is reported. The scientists came to the conclusion that the cause-effect relation between beer and obesity is fundamentally wrong. The participants were randomly selected men and women 25 to 64 years old who were either absolute teetotallers or drank only beer. The research showed that Czech men consume on the average 3.1 litres of beer per week, whereas women stopped at moderate 0.3 litres per week.
Though, there was discovered a number of alcohol abusers among the participants: about 3% of the men drank more than 14 litres of beer weekly, and 5 women owned up they could drink up to 7 litres during the same period. After questioning, the participants passed a medical examination: their weight, waist and hips measurements were established, as well as their body-mass index was calculated. All these indicators are necessary to establish the degree of obesity. Having processed the results, the researchers stated that they found no connection between the amount of beer usually consumed by the participants and obesity, as well as noted that the development of a “beer belly” is not a result of drinking the foamy beverage. “There is a philistine opinion that beer-lovers are always more corpulent that those who do not drink at all or prefer wine or other strong liquors. This misconception is reflected in the expression ‘beer belly’,” the scientists maintain. In another study published earlier this year, Italian researchers claim that the inclination to developing the so-called “beer belly” is genetically determined. However, do not hurry to drink as much as possible after reading this article. Too big quantities stupefy your sense of taste and the possibility to enjoy fully your favourite beer vanishes. And remember: dieticians warn that any product consumed in excessive amounts can lead to overweight.

Thirst And Beer Compatible!

When the water balance in the body is disturbed, we feel thirsty, that’s evident. Here are some arguments given by Beer & Health magazine in favour of drinking beer to quench your thirst.

Considering that water is the main constituent of beer, we may expect beer to be useful in restoring the disturbed water balance in the body, for example, after physical exertion. However, factors other than the presence of water may also be involved, scientists advise. This is indicated by tests conducted by Professor Manuel Garzon from the University of Granada (Spain). Over a long test period he asked a number of students to drink beer after intensive physical effort while another group drank water. The tests showed that the water balance was restored more rapidly in the beer drinkers than in the water drinkers. It is still unclear how this phenomenon may be explained. Probably not by the presence of alcohol, the dehydrating effect of which is known. The effect is more likely to be explained by the presence in the beer of various substances that help to make the body fit again: carbohydrates, proteins, minerals and B vitamins. In any case, there is a very general consensus among beer drinkers that a nice glass of beer is good for your thirst!

Beer Marinade Cuts Steak Cancer Risk

If you are frying a steak and mindful of your health, then marinate it in either beer or red wine. So say food scientists who measured amounts of a family of carcinogens found in fried steaks after steeping them in booze.Cooking food increases levels of cancer-causing compounds called heterocyclic amines (HAs). Fried and grilled meat are particularly high in these compounds, because fiery temperatures convert the sugars and amino acids in muscle tissue into HAs. Various substances can reduce HA content: an olive oil, lemon juice and garlic marinade cut HAs in grilled chicken by 90 per cent, while red wine reduced HAs in fried chicken. Now Isabel Ferreira and colleagues at the University of Porto in Portugal have looked at the effects of beer and red wine marinades on fried steak. Six hours of marinating in beer or red wine slashed levels of two types of HA by up to 90 per cent compared with unmarinated steak (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, DOI: 10.1021/jf801837s). For a third type of HA, beer was more efficient at reducing its content than wine, cutting levels significantly in 4 hours, while wine took 6. Beer contains more water-retaining sugars than wine and Ferreira says that may hinder the transport of water-soluble molecules to the steak's surface, where high heat converts them into HAs. Tasters also preferred the smell, taste and appearance of beer-marinated steak.

Beer and Sports

yes!

 

Beer and Food

The Art Of Combining Beer And Cheese

from-    www.belgianshop.com   newsletter


Both fermented and crafted by artisans in their own right, beer and cheese have walked hand in hand for centuries. Breweries and dairies historically used similar equipment in different seasons to be most efficient. Combine them classically, Examiner.com advises.

Good cheese is a perfect partner for a good beer. Seek the best of both worlds; it’s well worth it. Cheap cheese and cheap beer can ruin an otherwise-great day. How to pair beer and cheese?
Use your personal preferences whether you are cooking with cheese or just serving them alone. Try pairing complex beers with complex cheeses. Try and make a perfect match or play around with subtle contrasts. Here are some possibilities:

Feta and Goat Cheese works well with Wheat Beers. Typically the more pungent the cheese, the more full-character you want in your Wheat Beer. American Cheese, Muenster, Havarti and Monterey Jack go with moderately hoppy Pilsners. Try some Colby, Gloucester and Cheddar with robust Brown Ales. Gruyére, Emmental and Swiss are best with Bock Beer, Dark Lagers or Oktoberfest Beer. Their sizable maltiness plays well against the meaty nut-like character. Parmesan or Romano are mighty with moderately hoppy Pale Ales and Amber Ales When cheese is part of a salad, try enjoying it with an India Pale Ale (IPA), with their citrus-like bitterness and fruity maltiness.

Try these match-ups:

Sharp Cheddar with Pale Ale
Feta with Wheat Beer
Mascarpone with Fruit Beer
American Cheese with Pilsner
Colby with Brown Ale
Gorgonzola with Barleywine
Gruyére with Bock Beer
Swiss Cheese with Oktoberfest Beer
Parmesan with Amber Lager

When sampling cheeses on their own, they are best at room temperature. With crackers or chips, use something that is neutral and bland, like wheat products or other unspiced items. Remember: have fun, experiment with your own tastes, and understand that beer is the most complimentary fermented beverage in the world.

 

Don't Do This

Man pleads guilty to DWI in motorized La-Z-Boy

DULUTH, Minn. – A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to driving his motorized La-Z-Boy chair while drunk. A criminal complaint says 62-year-old Dennis LeRoy Anderson told police he left a bar in the northern Minnesota town of Proctor on his chair after drinking eight or nine beers. Prosecutors say Anderson's blood alcohol content was 0.29, more than three times the legal limit, when he crashed into a parked vehicle in August 2008. He was not seriously injured.Police said the chair was powered by a converted lawnmower and had a stereo and cup holders. Sixth Judicial District Judge Heather Sweetland stayed 180 days of jail time Monday and ordered two years of probation for Anderson. His attorney, David Keegan, did not immediately return a call for comment.

 A motorized La-Z-Boy chair driven by Dennis Anderson of Proctor ...

 

Grocery Camera Catches Woman Putting Case Of Beer Between Thighs, Shuffling Out, Police Say

Zachary, La. - Grocery store cameras caught the woman taking a 24-can case of beer from a cooler, exposing the 20-pound case between her thighs by pulling up her housedress, pulling her dress back down, and waddling out of the store. But it took a while to identify and find her. Lisa Newsome, 42, of Baker, didn't deny anything when she was arrested Monday, said Capt. David McDavid of the Zachary Police Department. "She wanted to demonstrate it ..." he said. "I told her, no thanks, I wasn't into that." She was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a theft charge, he said. "We weighed a case," he said. "It was 20 pounds." The theft was Aug. 22. McDavid said police learned the woman's identity last week and located her Monday afternoon. Newsome remained in jail Tuesday in lieu of $1,000 bond.

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50 Litres Of Beer In 5 Minutes: Can You Do A Thing Like That?

A beer lover from Oberhausen, Germany, has topped his own world record by gulping down 50 litres of beer in 4 minutes 55 seconds, belga reported on June, 12.  Philipp Traber, 35, thus improved by 17 seconds his previous record: in 2001, he had emptied 250 glasses of beer in 5 minutes 12 seconds, which was registered in the Guinness World Records.  The record holder said he owed his success to his brother who had served the necessary 250 glasses of beer. The price of the beer he drunk was one euro per glass. The money will be donated to a charity organization, it is reported. (editor - thinks this is a bunch o'crap)

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High-way 167

A South Milwaukee man was accused of driving drunk after trying to use a golf cart to drive home nearly 40 miles away from the golf course where he had been drinking beer. The Washington County Sheriff's Department said in a release Monday that the 47-year-old man told deputies his relatives had left him behind at the Kettle Hills Golf Course in Richfield Saturday.So, he got in a golf cart and headed for home on Highway 167. Someone called the sheriff's department to report an intoxicated man on a golf cart driving on the highway. Deputies caught up with the man about a mile from the golf course. He told investigators he had consumed 10 beers, but didn't think he was intoxicated

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Drunken Tractor Driver Leads Police On Slow Chase

BERLIN (Reuters) – A drunk German sparked a slow-speed police chase after stealing a tractor to get home from a nightclub after his girlfriend left without him, said police, who used pepper spray to try to stop the vehicle. "After his girlfriend abandoned him in a night club, the 23-year-old driver, who doesn't own a license, commandeered the vehicle to make his way home," a police spokesman said on Monday. Six police cars began trailing the tractor, which was chugging along at 20 km (12 miles) an hour, after they were alerted to the theft at about 5 a.m. Saturday. Officers tried holding up stop signs and directing pepper spray through the open window to bring the driver to a halt. They then tried unsuccessfully to end his getaway by throwing nail belts on the road, but the tractor's tires proved too thick, said the police spokesman. The 40-minute chase finally came to an end when officers shot at the tractor's tires after it rammed into a police car and collided with another vehicle.

Try This

New App Helps You Find A Pint

Guinness has released a new iPhone App: Guinness Pub Finder – U.S, that uses GPS to locate the consumer and the pubs serving Guinness nearest to their current location. The release comes as Guinness fans across the world prepare to raise a pint on September 24th to toast Arthur's Day, the 250th anniversary of Arthur Guinness signing of the 9,000-year lease on St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin.

The Guinness Pub Finder App is divided into a few user-friendly sections:

  Consumers can expect periodic updates to the iPhone App that will share the latest from Guinness, everything from the newest promotions to value-adds like mini-games or quiz questions for continued enjoyment on-the-go with the iPhone.

Do This!

A Girl Named Anheuser
There once was a girl named Anheuser,
who said that no man could surprise her.
But Pabst took a chance,
found the Schlitz in her pants,
and now she is sadder Budweiser

 From--

Top 10 Beer Limericks @   http://tinyurl.com/mdjj47

 

Fellow Craft Beer Lovers, -

Check out this short video that Greg Koch (Stone) produced as part of his speech at the Craft Brewers Festival last week. In my opinion, this well done 3 minute piece says more than the whole Beer Wars movie that several of us saw a couple weeks ago. It is very inspiring. Enjoy...

http://vimeo.com/4298464

Also --------

Have you heard about the Cicerone Beer Sommeliers Certification?

Beer Storage, Sales and Service
Beer Styles and Culture
Beer Tasting and Flavors
Brewing Ingredients and Processes
Pairing Beer with Food

 

Also

Beer Trivia for Master Geeks

just a few from  Carolyn Smagalski (the Beer Fox) of   BellaOnline's Beer and Brewing. More of her trivia question and beer stuff at http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art49671.asp and http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art49663.asp


Q. True or False: In 1965, a Belgian royal decree mandated that lambics must contain a minimum of 35% wheat.
A. True

Q. What beer accounts for 85% of all German beer exports to the U.S.? Hint: It is Germany’s top export beer.
A. Beck’s

Q. What is the world’s oldest trademark?
A. The Bass symbol, a red triangle, registered in 1876.

Q. Who had established his own brewhouse on the grounds of Mount Vernon?
A. George Washington

Q. What beer was the first beer to win a blue ribbon at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893?
A. Pabst, thus earning the title, “Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Q. What is the oldest brewery in North America?
A. Molson, established in 1786.

Q. What is the oldest brewery in the United States?
A. Yuengling, established in 1829.

Q. What are you called if you collect beer bottles?
A. A labeorphilist. (Pronounced: lab-ee-or-fill-ist)

Q. What is the national drink of Belgium?
A. Beer

Q. King Gambrinus, referred to as the Patron Saint of Brewers, is really a corruption of what name?
A. Jan Primus

Q. Choose A or B: Meadophily (pronounced Meed-o-fie-lee) is the study of
A. Beer Bottle labels OR B. Honey Beer, also known as Mead
Answer: A. Beer Bottle Labels

Q. Which country has the most individual beer brands?
A. Belgium - with 400

Q. Multiple Choice (choose one) Who was the first American to brew lager?
A. John Wagner
B. George Washington
C. August Busch
D. John Miller
Answer: John Wagner - in 1840, in a small Philadelphia brewery in the rear of his house on St. John Street.

Q. Choose A or B: Cenosillicaphobia (pronounces Sen-oh-sill-ik- a-foh-bee-a)is:
A. The fear of an empty glass OR. The fear of brewing yeast
Answer: A. The fear of an empty glass.

Q. Choose A or B: What is the best-selling brand outside the US in the Western Hemisphere?
A. Corona OR B. Brahma Beer
Answer: B - Brahma Beer

Q. How did Yuengling remain open during prohibition?
A. They sold near-beer at 0.5% ABV. They also established Yuengling Dairy and made ice cream and other dairy products.

Q. A Jim Morrison song is actually one of the most mis-quoted phrases since being published. The actual words are: Well I woke up this morning and I got myself _________________.
A. “a beard." According to the book, Light My Fire by Ray Manzarek, a colleague of Morrison's, the song refers to Morrison's waking after an alleged three weeks of drug-induced sleep.


Beer wasn’t sold in bottles until 1850. Beer lovers would visit their local tavern with a special bucket, have it filled and then begin the merry journey home

A beer a day… Beer was used to treat over 100 illnesses in Egypt, 1600 BC

It was customary in the 13th century to baptize children with beer

Beer was often served for breakfast in medieval England

 

-Hilarious Cricket Hill Micro Brewery Plant Tour Speech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91DH4lNpniE&feature=related

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Humor and Beer Fun

#1

A screwdriver walks into a bar. The bartender says, "Hey, we have a drink named after you!" The Screwdriver responds, "You have a drink named Murray?"

#2

Top Ten Signs You've Purchased A Bad Indiana Beer.

1.        TV Ads Begin "From the sparkling waters of the White River ..."

2.        Instead of a wagon pulled by Clydesdales, beer company has a wheelbarrow pushed by a  doped-up monkey

3.        The company isn't running any sort of sweepstakes, but the underside of the bottle caps all say "Sorry"

4.        For some reason, it's sold in the detergent aisle.

5.        Tastes more like a mountain goat than a mountain stream.

6.        Picture on label is of a guy throwing up.

7.        When you crack a couple open on a fishing trip and say, "It doesn't get any better than this," The fish die and everyone runs away.

8.        Made from roasted Harley and cow plops!

9.        It was actually brewed by Flanner and Buchanan. (local funeral home)

10.     On the second sip, your liver implodes.

11.     Want to add one of your own? Click here.

 

#3-

A Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman are sitting in a bar in New York reminiscing about home.

"Back in me pub in Glasgow," brags the Scotsman, "fer every four pints of stout I order, they give me one fer free!"

"In me pub in London," says the Englishman,” I pay fer two pint's o' Guinness and they give me a third one free!"

"That's nuthin'" says the Irishman, "In my pub back in Dublin, you walk up to the bar, they give the first pint fer free, the second pint fer free, the third pint fer free -- and then they take you upstairs and you have sex for FREE!"

"Is that true?" asks the Scotsman. "Has that really happened to you?"

"Well, no," says the Irishman, "but it happens to me sister all the time!" 

#4

A Virginia State trooper pulled a car over on I-64 about 2 miles south of the Virginia/West Virginia State line. When the trooper asked the driver why he was speeding, the driver said he was a Magician and Juggler and was on his way to Beckley WV to do a show at the Shrine Circus. He didn't want to be late.

The trooper told the driver he was fascinated by juggling and said if the driver would do a little juggling for him then he wouldn't give him a ticket.

He told the trooper he had sent his equipment ahead and didn't have anything to juggle.  The trooper said he had some flares in the trunk and asked if he could juggle them. The juggler said he could, so the trooper got 5 flares, lit them and handed them to him.

While the man was juggling, a car pulled in behind the patrol car. Lee, a drunken good old boy from West Virginia got out, watched the performance, then went over to the patrol car, opened the rear door and got in.

The trooper observed him and went over to the patrol car, opened the door asking the drunk what he thought he was doing. The drunk replied, 'You might as well take me to jail, 'cause there ain't no way I can pass that test.'

 

Quotes for the Month

“You can only drink 30 or 40 glasses of beer a day, no matter how rich you are.” - Adolphus Busch

“Getting stoned just makes you want to eat and get fat. At least drinking too much makes you vomit which makes you thin”.  Earl J. Hickey

“And smoking weed kills your brain cells, not like getting drunk which only hurts the liver, and you got two of them”.  Earl J. Hickey

“Prohibition makes you want to cry into your beer and denies you the beer to cry into.” - Don Marquis

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“Men can go wrong with wine and women. Shall we then prohibit and abolish women?”

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Woody, the TV show Cheers bartender: 

How are you feeling today, Mr. Peterson?

Norm:  Poor.

Woody:  Oh, I’m sorry to hear that.

Norm:  No, I meant “pour.”

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Thy wanton grapes we do detest:

Here’s richer juice from Barley press’d


 More beer related jokes and humor at http://www.schiesshouse.com/beer_quotations_and_humor.htm

 -That's all for now. Have another beer - Mark S.,

CIBAS (promoting beer and its responsible consumption)

CIBAS Website at: http://www.schiesshouse.com/cibas.htm
If you have any comments, information, announcements, postings etc for CIBAS, please feel free to contact me directly at: CIBAS@earthlink.net

 

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