A non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
27 November - 10 December 2011
Flies are genetically predisposed to the taste of glycerol in beer, scientific study determines. Via Science News.
A U.S. District Court judge in Portland, Oregon, rules that bloggers are not protected -as are journalists- by 1st Amendment 'shield' laws. Via cnet.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to pay for blues great Hubert Sumlin's funeral. Via Rolling Stone. More about Mr. Sumlin, who was well-known for playing guitar for Howlin' Wolf, via Notions Capital.
Hewlett-Packard to keep webOS alive by making it open source. A potential rival to Android? Via TechCrunch.
Harry Morgan, Colonel Potter on TV's M*A*S*H (and appearing on Dragnet, to name another program), dies at 96. Via NPR.
Pearl Harbor attacked: A witness remembers, 70 years later. Via Washington Post.
FDA approves Blowfish, a hangover pill (caffeine, aspirin, stomachic). Via Washington Post.
Intoxicating beverages became legal again today in the US in 1933, after 18 'dry' years, with the 21st Amendment. Via CraftBeer.com.
New cidery to open in Nelson County, Virginia: Bold Rock Cidery & Brewpub.
Twenty-nine breweries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia currently post to Twitter. The list, at YFGF.us.
Charm City Brewing to open in Baltimore, MD. Collaboration between The Raven Beer and Oliver Ales. Via BeerInBaltimore.
Republican candidate for U.S. President, Herman Cain, "suspends" White House bid. Via CBS.
"If beer isn't fun, it isn't beer anymore." A clever re-telling of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," as a cautionary tale for the beer business. Via British blogger The Reluctant Scooper.
The British Guild of Beer Writers honor their best. Via Stephen Beaumont.
According to one measure, Chrome surpasses Firefox to become second most popular web browser (behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer). Via NPR.
AB InBev to sell off US operations? [An October 2011 analysis, but still worth pondering.] Via BeerNews.org
Wine Enthusiast Magazine selects it top 25 Beers of 2011. Analysis by beer blogger The BeerMonger.
Video shows secret software on millions of Android phones logging everything, installed by company called Carrier IQ. Via Wired.
Study determines "Women Like Men Who Smell of Beer." Via The Sun.
Sierra Nevada and New Belgium may setup East Coast breweries near Asheville, North Carolina. Via BeerNews.org.
BeerBloggersConference.org counts 810 "citizen" beer blogs in North America, and another 358 throughout the world.
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, in Berlin, publishes online about the origins of Sumerian brewing. Via Brookston Beer Bulletin.