A non-comprehensive roundup of the week's
(the last of year 2010)
news of beer and other things.
26 December 2010 - 31 December 2010
The legislative battle over the serving size of a drink ... and how many calories are in it. Via Washington Post.
2010: The year Facebook dethroned Google as king of the web. Via Mashable.
The Year 2010 in literary Twitter. Via The Guardian.
Flickr users post their best photo of 2010.
A brief recap of the year in Virginia wine: 2010 was (mostly) a good vintage. http://bit.ly/huJYTa
Vintage: a documentary on Virginia wine. Reviewed by Dave McIntyre of the Washington Post.
Kombucha rediscovered: fermented sweet tea. Probiotic and tangy.
Contrary to prior supposition, new research shows that Neanderthals cooked and ate plants and vegetables, not solely meat. Via BBC.
Imbibe Magazine reports that the flavor complexity of rye in beer outweighs the difficulties of using it in the brewhouse.
Fire at Rochefort in Belgium —one of only a handful of extant Trappist-order monastery breweries— halts production for several days. No injuries reported.
Dr. Billy Taylor —pianist and jazz 'ambassador' and educator —has died. An appreciation at New York Times
Scientists sequence theobroma cacao genome. Plans underway to create 'better' chocolate.
Birthday in beer: Owen Ogletree, Georgia beer festival organizer and real ale educator. http://www.classiccitybrew.com/
FCC's new net-neutrality rules: not so good for web users.
Bison Brewing: One brewery's wishlist blueprint for a 'green', urban brewery.
Beer blogger Jeff Alworth announces winners of 2010 DMS Awards (Dismal Malty Substances) for the year's worst accomplishments in beer.
Washington City Paper reports that "The Tavern Formerly Known as Brickskeller" will reopen, with new owners, on 29 December 2010, but known as Bier Baron.
Sierra Nevada Brewing named the 'Green' Business of the Year by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
World's largest winery holding company, Constellation Brands, selss its Australian, UK, and South Africa wineries for major loss. Via Decanter Magazine.
- 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.