A non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
5 February - 18 February 2012
Brewers, shop owners, restaurateurs, and distributors in Washington, D.C., all go 'off the record' to discus beer payola in the city. Via DCBeer.com.
Today in 1918, Lithuania declared its independence, from Russia. More, including Lithuanian beer facts, from Brookston Beer Bulletin.
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.
The European Union has issued 'organic wine' standards, from growing through production. Via Organic-Market.info.
U.S. beer sales topped $98 billion in 2011, a slight increase over 2010, says Beer Institite. Via Beer Street Journal.
Whiskey Advocate Magazine chooses Springbank as Lowland/Campbeltown Single Malt of the Year.
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.
Singer Whitney Houston dies at age 48. Via AOLMusic.
The U.S. cider business experiences 23% growth; Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors become involved, in different ways. Via Beer Business Daily.
Mark Carpenter celebrates his 40th year brewing for Anchor Brewing Company, of San Francisco, California: America's most tenured brewmaster. Via BeerNews.org.
The U.S. Brewers Association has released its Beer Style Guidelines for 2012, describing 140 'styles,' and sub-categories.
The Washington Post's annual Beer Madness returns for 2012, with a call for panelists to judge 32 American 'craft' brews.
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).
John Hickenlooper —Governor of Colorado, past mayor of Denver, and 'craft' beer pioneer— celebrates 60th birthday. Via Brookston beer Bulletin.
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.
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.