A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
30 March - 13 April 2014
Joseph Bramah was born 266 years ago on 13 April 1748. Considered the 'father' of hydraulic engineering, Bramah would patent several inventions, including the 'beer engine': the hand-pump used to dispense cask-conditioned ale. Via Wikipedia.
The recently concluded 2014 World Beer Cup awarded medals in 94 beer styles. If all the sub-styles were added in, the total sytle count would come to 174. That, and the winners, via YFGF.
A serious security flaw called Heartbleed is attacking OpenSSL, the security infrastructure of the internet. The vulnerability may affect at least a half a million servers, worldwide. Via Chicago Tribune.
Microsoft ends support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on 8 April 2014. The operating system and program will become vulnerable to hacking and security intrusion. Via PC World.
The current state of beer journalism, and how to improve it. Via Heather Vandenengel (for The Session: Beer Blogging Friday).
"American craft brewing has become a pathetic nation of followers." Beer/whiskey writer Lew Bryson disputes the authenticity of many of the current rash of 'session' beers from U.S. 'craft' breweries. Via The Session Beer Project.
Belgium asks the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to recognize its beer culture as a "global cultural heritage." Via NPR.
"Life is Too Short." Famous Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93. Via Washington Post.
7 April 1933 did NOT mark the end of Prohibition. Rather, it was the day that Congress' redefinition of "intoxicating" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Beer_Day_(United_States_of_America) the sale and manufacture of beer of 3.2% alcohol by weight (abw) or less. The day has recently become to be known as National Beer Day and as Session Beer Day.
Is U.S. 'craft' beer's 'hop-bursting' a new brewing technique? (Via Beervana.) Or is it late-kettle hopping? (Via Zymurgy)
Microbiologists track the genomic ancestry of the first known pure lager yeast strain —Saccharomyces carlsbergensis— comparing it to another pure lager strain —Weihenstephan WS34/70. Via the G3 Journal (at Brookston Beer Bulletin).
Following Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium Brewing, Stone Brewing Company (of Escondido, California) plans to open a brewery on the East Coast. Candidates, in the state of Virginia, include the city of Norfolk and Albemarle County.
New York City rediscovers its brewing past, then demolishes it. The former site of Jacob Ruppert’s Knickerbocker Brewery, in Manhattan, to be a 35-story apartment building. Via New York Times.
David Letterman to retire in 2015. The late-night television host has had three decades on the air -the longest tenure of any late-night talk show host in U.S. television history- since "Late Night" was launched at NBC in 1982. Via SF Gate.
Carlsberg, Bitburger, Warsteiner, and other brewers found guilty of beer price-fixing in Germany. Via Just Drinks.
The U.S. Brewers Association says that the rules on spent grains proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) create onerous burdens for small breweries and farms.
Almost 30% of U.S. adults "consume" their news on Facebook. Via Pew Research (at Mashable).