A Sacramento, California, pub backtracks from charging its cusotmers $45 for 12-ounce draft pour of Russian River Brewery's Pliny the Younger IPA (and a burger). Via ranSACkedmedia.
"On Payola and Libertarianism, On Beer and the End User." An essay on why government can be a necessary and good thing. Via BeerBrarian.
Birthday in Beer: Jay Brooks, long-time writer & promoter of good beer. Creator of Brookston Beer Bulletin, a standard of beer blogging in the U.S.
Washington D.C.'s Cherry Blossom festival celebrates its centennial this month ... and the cherry trees are blooming earlier than usual. Via WAMU.org.
"I'm a [sad] believer." Davy Jones of the Monkees has died at 66 ... in Florida. Via YahooMusic.
Virginia legislature approves direct purchases by contract breweries. Begins approval process to permit on-site beer sales and sampling at breweries. Via YFGF.
Today is Leap Day. More, via Wikipedia.
Man that fasted on beer and water for 46 days named "Beerdrinker of the Year," in annual contest by Wynkoop Brewery. Via BeerPulse.com.
An update on the (stalled) push to allow to beer growler refills in Washington, D.C. Via DCBeer.com.
The pilot episode of beer writer Lew Bryson's American Beer Blogger to air 8 March 2012 on Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, PBS affiliate. Via Seen Through A Glass.
This year's Washington Post Beer Madness panel of judges includes a Congressman. Publication of judging results to begin 7 March. Via All We Can Eat.
Maryland legislature considers bills to allow brewery sampling & direct distribution, and diners to bring their own wine into restaurants (referred to as "corkage"). Via Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws.
The Yards Brewpub to be open in southeast Washington, D.C., near to Nationals Stadium, by May 2013. Not affiliated with Yards Brewing of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Via YFGF.
Brewers Association announces 2012 American CraftBeer Week for 14-20 May. Via CraftBeer.com
There are only four Master Beer Cicerones. Of those, Nicole Erny is the first female Master Cicerone. Via Brookston Beer Bulletin.
Baltimore, Maryland, contract brewer, Stillwater Artisinal Ales announces that it will offer cans of its Premium , a "farmhouse session beer," later this year. Via DCBeer.com.
Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse in Alexandria, Virginia, brews only sour beers, in small batches. Via Washington Post.
By sales, the top 20 US 'craft' breweries. Via Huffington Post.
John Glenn became 1st American to orbit Earth, 50 years ago, today. Via The Atlantic.