A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
27 January 2013 - 9 February 2013
Excise tax reduction urged for breweries producing fewer that six million barrels of beer per year. Via Brewers Association.
Renowned jazz trumpeter Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II has died at age 80. Via Wikipedia.
The National Cider Summit, in Chicago, Illinois.
King Richard III has been discovered under a parking lot in Leicester, England, where he's been since 1485. Via Notions Capital.
Neither rain nor snow nor dark of night ... but the budget. United States Postal Service to end Saturday mail service on 1 August 2013. Via CNN Money.
The relative meaningless of stated high IBU ratings for many 'craft' beers. Via Washington Post Food.
The gluttonous Super Bowl feast, by the numbers. Via The Week.
"The appearance of competition without any real competition." Steven Pearlstein on Anheuser-Busch Inbev's push to buy Grupo Modelo, brewer of Corona, and on the monopolistic tendencies of the nation's largest brewers and wholesalers. Via Washington Post Business.
Maryland's Governor, Martin O'Malley 'corrects' his bet of Maryland beer in wager over the outcome of Super Bowl with California Governor Jerry Brown. Via Brewers Association of Maryland.
Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil leaves burrow, does NOT see shadow today, predicting early onset of warmer spring weather. Via The Examiner.
He did well. Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City, has died at age 88. Via Yahoo News.
Braver new world. For the first time, number of mobile Facebook users surpasses desktop Facebook users. Via CNN Tech.
For first time, researchers have determined the exact structure of the humulone molecules in hops; health benefits may follow. Via University of Washington.
How large breweries restrict the placement of 'craft' beers in chain stores and supermarkets. Via Brewers Association.
RateBeer releases its list of the best beers of 2013, as determined by its readers.
'Craft' breweries lose over $5 million a year due to keg losses. The Brewers Association launches a program to help.