Ten Virginia breweries to participate in 1st ever Tap into Virginia Cask Fest, 21 April, in Richmond, Virginia. Organized by Virginia craft Brewers Guild. http://vacask.com
Potentially, a big problem. MasterCard and Visa look into possible data breach. Via New York Times.
One of the winning tickets for the Mega Millions lottery was sold in Baltimore County, Maryland. The $640 million jackpot was the largest ever in the U.S. Via ABC.
Tickets for the Chesapeake Spring Real Ale Fest, at the Pratt Street Alehouse in Baltimore, Maryland, 28 April, are now on sale. Follow on Twitter: @prattstalefest.
Earth Hour: Saturday, 31 March, at 8:30PM EDT. Observed by many, worldwide, by turning off lights for one hour.
Charlie Papazian, National Beer Examiner, announces BeerCity USA 2012 balloting to begin soon.
The great Earl Scruggs —bluegrass banjo innovator— has died at age 88. Via Yahoo.
Birthday in Beer. Michael Jackson, prolific English beer writer —who first proposed the existence of beer styles— would have been 70 years old today. Via YFGF.
The 27th of April is World Whisky Day.
After 50 years, a brewery again to package its beer in a flat-top steel can. Churchkey Pilsner, via BeerPulse.
Ask your local brewery, brewpub, and bar to support Session Beer Day, on April 7th. Via Lew Bryson.
How the word 'jazz" may have had its first use in baseball, 100 years ago this year. Via Boston Globe.
Virginia legislature declares August to be Virginia Craft Beer Month. Virginia Craft Brewers Guild announces the 1st Virginia Craft Beer Fest for 18 August. Via Active Woman Traveler.
1982 may have been the greatest Bordeaux vintage of the 20th century, AND a dividing line between old and modern methods. Via Eric Asimov of the New York Times.
Major League pitcher Chris Ray, of the Cleveland Indians, to open a brewery in Ashland, Virginia. Via Hanover Herald Progress.
Company in Scotland develops method to converts waste from whisky distillation into biobutanol fuel. Via Mother Jones.
After 244 years, Encyclopaedia Britannica ceases bound publication; becomes solely digital. Via Notions Capital.
President Obama celebrated St. Patrick's Day, in Washington, D.C., drinking a pint of Guinness with a distant Irish relative. Via WAMU.