Clamps and Gaskets is a weekly wrap-up of stories that I have not posted at Yours For Good Fermentables.com, but that, nevertheless, I find interesting or germane.
Most are concerned with beer, or wine, or whisk(e)y. Some are not. But all are brief. And many are re-posts from my Twitter account: twitter.com/cizauskas.
This is Week 20:
17 May - 23 May 2009
Fascinating use for a 'green' roof: The Fairmont Hotel in Washington D.C. hopes to produce 300 lbs. of honey from the beehives cultivated on their roof. http://ow.ly/8UkC
Tickets for the Great American Beer Festival(24-26 Sept in Denver) are now on sale for members of the Brewers Association and the American Homebrew Association. Public sales begin 1 June. http://www.beertown.org/
Beer math: a proposed Fed excise beer tax increase of $2/case would increase consumer case average cost by $3.38. http://tinyurl.com/pejqaq.
New from Clipper City Brewing in Baltimore, Maryland: Heavy Seas Big DIPA (double India Pale Ale) 22-ounce bottles. http://bit.ly/r7D8q.
Add @legendbrewingco in Richmond, Virginia to the list of DC/MD/VA brewing companies on Twitter.
Alabama Gov. Riley has signed the Gourmet Beer Bill. Beers of greater than 6% abv can now be sold (but less than 14%) in the state. Congratulations to website/organizer Free the Hops http://www.freethehops.org
The Beer Fox aka Carolyn Smagalaski reviews The Beer Bistro Cookbook on Amazon: "North America's Gold Standard for Beer Cuisine" http://bit.ly/10fNwv
The Washington Post has endorsed R. Creigh Deeds for Virginia Governor in the 9 June Democratic Primary. http://bit.ly/ZJGBX.
So what the heck does 'local' mean? Various definitions of local food offered at BNET.com. http://tinyurl.com/pwacub
Article about sin [?] taxes from The American, the house organ for the conservative think tank, The American Enterprise Institute: morals 'correction' vs. revenue enhancement. http://bit.ly/zfF6P
Primers on summer grilling. Vegetables: http://tinyurl.com/qzl8sj. Steaks: http://tinyurl.com/q5sl8g
Arbitrary definitions? Brewers Association is poised to kick Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) to the curb. Who's next? From the Washington Post: http://tinyurl.com/puu4uy
A quirky 27-only entry glossary of wine terms. From the Wall Street Journal http://tinyurl.com/rbh23k
Palm Pre to be released, Sprint-only, on 6 June 2009, for $199. Palm's make-or-break touch phone. http://tinyurl.com/qq4pxn
Senescence deferred, Hubble Telescope to release first public photos of deep (ancient) space in September 2009. http://tinyurl.com/r6knuu
Brewers Alley of Frederick, Maryland brews a molasses and caraway beer to evoke 17th century American colonists' beer. http://tinyurl.com/pevsbr
A Twibe is a group of Twitter users interested in a common topic. I've created one for Cask Ales (& Lagers). Join at http://twibes.com/Cask_Ale
Another recap of Real Ale & BBQ Fest at Clipper City Brewing. [from BeerInBaltimore] http://bit.ly/lWGbB
Is it Schmidt's or Schmidt or Pabst, or is it really all just pablum from the SAME spigot? The story from Joe Sixpack. http://tinyurl.com/q7rgk8