Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 51/51, 2012
A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
16 December - 31 December 2012
White House beer, Virginia derecho beer, and District gin and relaxed liquor laws. A boozy year 2012 in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Via DCist.com.
A recapitulation of Virginia's burgeoning 'craft' brewery and beer scene in 2012. Via VACraftBeer.com.
A tribute to Professor Emeritus Michael Lewis: at University of California at Davis, an educator to many current U.S. 'craft' brewers. Via Brookston Beer Bulletin.
Only four states out of fifty (and Washington, D.C.) are without a (craft) brewers guild, but Mississippi is forming one in 2013. Via BeerPulse.com.
The effect of alcohol in the human body. Via Johns Hopkins University, at the Huffington Post.
Ray Collins, the guitarist who helped found the Mothers of Invention with Frank Zappa, has died. Via Rolling Stone.
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the U.S. general credited with leading U.S.-allied forces to a victory in the first Gulf War, dies at 78. Via ABC.
Not just for old men, anymore. Rye whiskey sales have tripled over the last 5 years. Via NPR.
The best photograph and/or digital image of (a) beer during 2012. Via A Good Beer Blog.
"Shame on you!" says August Schell Brewery to Brewers Association as the latter de-lists the former, the nations's 2nd oldest family-owned brewery, as a craft brewery. Via BeerPulse.
Scientists attempt comeback of the American Chestnut tree, once considered the "redwood of the east." Via NPR.
Trenchant comparison of the collapse of the 'craft' beer bubble of the late 1990s to the situation now. Via Jack Curtin: "The only thing we have to fear is bad beer."