Monday, January 23, 2012

Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 2/3, 2012

Clamps and Gaskets: weekly roundup
A non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.

Weeks 2/3
8 January - 21 January 2012

  • 2012.01.21
    Mac McGarry to make his final appearance on "It's Academic", the longest running quiz show on TV. Via NPR.

  • 2012.01.20
    Remembering Etta James, stunning singer. 1938 – 2012. Via NPR Blog Supreme

  • 2012.01.20
    British Parliament challenges brewers to produce 'session' beers, with reduced duty. Via

    Steam from mash tun

  • 2012.01.20
    A gloomy worldwide forecast for barley grown for brewing. Via Brewers Association.

  • 2012.01.19
    LewBryson's "American Beer Blogger" video project reaches its Kickstarter goal to fund a pilot episode.

  • 2012.01.19
    After FIFA insists that the 2014 World Cup soccer events must have beer, Russia and Brazil reconsider their stadium alcohol bans. Via Washington Post Sports.

  • 2012.01.19
    No Mo Poe. The mysterious 'Poe Toaster' fails to appear at Edgar Allan Poe's grave for 3rd year in a row. Vigil of over fifty years to end. Via Yahoo News.

  • 2012.01.18
    Virginia wineries cop 22 medals in San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; Maryland wineries, 2. Via Dave McIntyre at Washington Post.

  • 2012.01.17
    At 2.5 million barrels produced in 2011, Yuengling is now the largest US-owned brewery, surpassing Boston Beer (Sam Adams) at 2.4 million barrels.

  • 2012.01.17
    Wikipedia to go off-line Wednesday at midnight for 24 hours as protest againat SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act bill in Congress. Via Slate

    Firkin busy
  • 2012.01.16
    Draft Magazine reveals its list of 100 Best US Beer Bars for 2012.

  • 2012.01.16
    Anheuser-Busch InBev has NOT acquired Budvar. It HAS acquired the trademark for the name "Budweiser." The Budvar Brewery remains independent, brewing in Budejovice, Czech Republic. As reported by beer writer Stephen Beaumont at his Twitter feed.

  • 2012.01.16
    On this day in 1919, the 18th Amendment —Prohibition— was ratified. The Amendment would take effect one year and one day later, and continue for nearly 14 years until repealed by the 21st Amendment in 1933. More from Wikipedia.

  • 2012.01.13
    "The Beer Hunter" —a film about Michael Jackson the late beer writer— has reached its Kickstarter funding goal. More at the film's website:

  • 2012.01.13
    Turn the damn cellphone OFF. What the conductor of the New York Philharmonic did when, while he was conducting Gustav Mahler's Ninth Symphony, a cell phone began to chirp. Via Yahoo News.

    Sunlit archway
  • 2012.01.10
    Brewery Ommegang says planned fracking —hydraulic fracturing extraction of natural gas— will pollute its well water, forcing the uptate New York brewery to relocate or close.

  • Clamps and Gaskets is a weekly wrap-up of stories  not posted at Yours For Good Most deal with beer (or wine, or whisky); some do not. But all are brief, and many are re-posts from
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  1. The Ommegang article to which you refer is over two months old, and furthermore, you (as well as the article's editor, to some extent in the lead) present the POSSIBLE groundwater contamination (which, of course, all parties try to avoid) as a dead certainty. It's "IF they drill AND IF they leak," not "WHEN they leak IF they drill".

    On the other hand, I do believe that Ommegang did indeed put its money where its mouths are and shifted largely or completely to "green" energy suppliers.

  2. Sandy, you miss the point. It is Ommegang itself which claimed the harm from fracking. The editor of the article reported on its filing and asked the brewery to comment: Ommegang spokesman Larry Bennett responded and is quoted.

    If the brewery were to blithely ignore the potential danger, it would be a poor steward of its very business. Not reading the actual brief, I don't know the source of the brewery's information. However, a simple search for EPA and fracking, among many other non-industry studies, yields insalubrious results.

    I don't understand your point as to the November date. Is fracking or the threat from it ameliorated by the passage of 80 days?


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