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 of the pieces deal with beer (or wine, or whisky); some do not. But all are brief, and many are re-posts from my Twitter account: twitter.com/cizauskas.
This is Week 42:
18 October - 24 October 2009
The result of a 3 year competition of wine vs. beer dinners. Which 'won'? http://bit.ly/46Tsb6
My #FollowFriday is @beersage. Not just because his Tweets reinforce his chock-full-of-beer-news blog. But because it's his birthday.
Snap! UK chief of Czech brewer Budvar calls A-B InBev "weasley" in trademark dispute over Budweiser name. http://bit.ly/OBH2r
So did Rock Art Brewery actually win anything in its trademark dispute with Monster Energy drink? http://tinyurl.com/yh9ns73
Should you upgrade? Windows 7 officially released today http://bit.ly/2NZWL4
The 'Beer Activist' Chris O'Brien organized an organic beer festival in Takoma Park, Maryland last Saturday. http://bit.ly/1ET7f3
A primer on pairing apples and cheese: http://bit.ly/1YItCp
Less bitter, more herbaceous, and designed to be served fresh. 'Fresh hop' beers, featured in NY Times. http://bit.ly/23gdCK
A favorite of mine and many. 50 years ago today, Leonard Bernstein recorded Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, conducting the New York Philharmonic. http://su.pr/4aj90l
Bar etiquette: Why, when the bartender places a bevnap under your pint of beer, doesn't she place one under the glass of water?
National Public Radio cooks with beer, mistakenly uses near beer O'Douls. Recipes: carbonnade, potatoes, bread, cake. http://bit.ly/4rNljS
What it takes to host a real ale festival: Steve Jones, brewer at Pratt Steeet Alehouse in Baltimore, MD. http://bit.ly/2mLKvE
Touching tribute to late Greg Noonan by beer/golf writer Tom Bedell: "brewing stalwart, but not much of a golfer" http://bit.ly/1ba1Dw
Motley Fool criticizes Dan Snyder's Washington Redskins football team as textbook of appalling managerial practices: http://bit.ly/yKir8
Amazon, Google, Facebook, Twitter disagree with AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and support the FCC's 'net-neutrality' regulations. http://bit.ly/3hI39m
If a beer tax is needed, do so at point-of-sale NOT at production, says a small brewery owner: http://bit.ly/29RTFT
When should a critic trash a beer? Read the comments to this Washington City paper on-line piece: http://bit.ly/2XiNoh (Criticize knowledgeably; 'trash', no.)