Monday, February 27, 2012

Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 6/7, 2012

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

Weeks 6/7
5 February - 18 February 2012

  • 2012.02.16
    Brewers, shop owners, restaurateurs, and distributors in Washington, D.C., all go 'off the record' to discus beer payola in the city. Via

  • 2012.02.16
    Today in 1918, Lithuania declared its independence, from Russia. More, including Lithuanian beer facts, from Brookston Beer Bulletin.

  • 2012.02.15
    New Belgium Brewing spent $250,00 on social media, and estimates that it saw a 57 million dollar return on the investment. Via Advertising Age.

  • 2012.02.15
    The European Union has issued 'organic wine' standards, from growing through production. Via

    BeerMonger's Allagash (01)
  • 2012.02.15
    U.S. beer sales topped $98 billion in 2011, a slight increase over 2010, says Beer Institite. Via Beer Street Journal.

  • 2012.02.12
    Whiskey Advocate Magazine chooses Springbank as Lowland/Campbeltown Single Malt of the Year.

    Great Falls Street (01)
  • 2012.02.12
    NASA Goddard model on what caused Smowmageddon on the East coast in the winter of 2009/2010 (and why the winter of 2011/12 has been so mild in comparison): El Niño and the North Atlantic Oscillation.

  • 2012.02.11
    Singer Whitney Houston dies at age 48. Via AOLMusic.

  • 2012.02.10
    The U.S. cider business experiences 23% growth; Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors become involved, in different ways. Via Beer Business Daily.

  • 2012.02.10
    Mark Carpenter celebrates his 40th year brewing for Anchor Brewing Company, of San Francisco, California: America's most tenured brewmaster. Via

  • 2012.02.08
    The U.S. Brewers Association has released its Beer Style Guidelines for 2012, describing 140 'styles,' and sub-categories.

  • 2012.02.08
    The Washington Post's annual Beer Madness returns for 2012, with a call for panelists to judge 32 American 'craft' brews.

  • 2012.02.08
    Virginia’s wine industry hit $747 million dollars in sales in 2011. The number of wineries reaches 193, up from 129. Via Dave McIntyre (Washington Post).

  • 2012.02.07
    John Hickenlooper —Governor of Colorado, past mayor of Denver, and 'craft' beer pioneer— celebrates 60th birthday. Via Brookston beer Bulletin.

  • 2012.02.07
    Craving a hot shower, a cold beer, and the company of "the ladies", Annapolis, Maryland, sailor Matt Rutherford is solo-circumnavigating the Americas. Via Washington Post.


  • 2012.02.06
    Baltimore, Maryland, to allow restaurants to fill re-sealable 'growlers' with beer to go. (Brewpubs already may.) The rest of Maryland may follow suit. Via Washington Post.

  • 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
  • The Clamps and Gaskets graphic was created by Mike Licht at NotionsCapital.

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