A non-comprehensive roundup of the week's
news of beer and other things.
8 January 2011 - 22 January 2011
A new Virginia brewery: Blue Lab Brewing Company in Lexington, Va. Via Rockbridge Weekly.
The Brewers Association announces the lineup of participating breweries for 2011 Savor, the annual beer-with-food exposition, 3/4 June, in Washington, DC.
Birthday in Beer: beer (and golf) writer Tom Bedell
A profile of Port City Brewing Company, a soon-to-open Alexandria, Virginia, production brewery. Via DCBeer.com.
Facebook bans beer blog Musings Over A Pint, then rescinds ban. Offers no explanation.
Freakonomics asserts that the cost of a wine is a dominant factor in perceiving the quality of a wine, more so than varietal, tannic structure, etc.
Beer writer Lew Bryson questions the validity of the new guidelines for 'session beer,' as promulgated by the Great American Beer Festival.
The 20 most powerful people in US beer business, via Beer Business Daily. A 'craft beer' maker the No. 1 spot for the first time.
Again, neither rose nor cognac for Edgar Allan Poe. For the 2nd year in a row since 1949, a 'mysterious' visitor fails to appear at poet's grave in Baltimore, Maryland.
Nine breweries are among 71 businesses awarded Good Food Awards. Via RealBeer.com.
The 50 best bars in the U.S., via BarFinder.com. The 100 best beer bars in the U.S., via Draft Magazine.
Brooklyn Brewery fires up the brewhouse in its new 50,000 barrel facility. Via BeerNews.org.
Discovering the remnants of an Iron Age Celtic brewery of 2,550 years ago, in Germany. Via Science News.
“Totally pointless categorization of something that is the same shit." Beer writer Stephen Beaumont on Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones and beer styles.
A list of who's who in jazz on Twitter, via Elements of Jazz.
Washington D.C.'s legendary Town & Country Lounge, at the Mayflower Hotel, closes.
Catoctin Creek Distillery in Loudoun County, Virginia, is that county's first distillery since Prohibition.
Did a thirst for beer spark civilization? Maybe, says biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern. Via The Independent.
Virginia Governor McDonnell outlines a new, scaled-back, retail-only plan for privatizing the state's ABC (liquor, some Virginia wines) stores.
Mid-Atlantic beer news: Jim Lutz -past Sales Director at Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland- now President/CEO of Coastal Brewing, in Delaware, parent company of Dominion Brewing and Fordham Brewing.
The Brewers Association releases its 2011 Beer Style Guidelines.
Washington Post's take on the Brewers Association's change of definition of craft brewery from 2 million to 6 million barrels.
Evidence of a 6,000 year old winery discovered, oldest confirmed.
Flags at half-staff throughout the nation for the victims of the shootings in Tucson, Arizona.
New Burley Oak Brewery to open in Berlin, Maryland, but later than expected. http://burlyoak.com
Wikio has announced its January 2011 rankings for US wine blogs. At the top position is Dr. Vino
Wikio has announced its January 2011 rankings for US beer blogs. At the top position is Brookston Beer Bulletin.
Could a craft brewer end up in the White House: John Hickenlooper, Colorado's new governor. Via beer journalist Jack Curtin.
Yoga: the antidote to the alcohol hangover?
Post merger with Gordon-Biersch, has Rock Bottom begun cracking down on brewer independence?
- Clamps and Gaskets is a weekly wrap-up of stories not posted at Yours For Good Fermentables.com. Most 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.
- The Clamps and Gaskets graphic was created by Mike Licht at NotionsCapital.