A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
10 February 2013 - 23 February 2013
Mexican 'craft' brewers fight duopoly control of market; to increasing success in Baja California, but difficulties remain elsewhere. Via San Diego Magazine.
Hotel chains begin to stock local craft beer at their bars. Via Hotel News Now.
Craft beer pioneer Anchor Brewing to open second brewery, to be located outside AT&T Park in San Francisco, increasing yearly capacity. Via IBABuzz.
Long-time Maryland brewery DuClaw Brewing moving from original Harford County location to Baltimore County; to automate, double capacity. Via Perry Hall Patch.
Boston Beer Company to release its flagship Boston Lager in specially can designed with flared top to approximate flavor like drinking from a glass. Via BrewBound.
The story of Virginia 'craft' beer pioneer, Allen Young, and of those who have followed him. Via Distinction Hampton Roads.
It's not the 1960s anymore! Yoko Ono turns 80. Via Wikipedia.
Pricing, scarcity, brand management, and bourbon. Maker's Mark takes heat after reducing proof to 82. Returns recipe to 90 proof. Via Bourbon Blog. Analysis of Maker's Mark alcohol-diminution retreat. Via Washington Post.
8th annual American Craft Beer Week announced for 13-19 May 2013. Via Brewers Association.
Asteroid DA14 passed by Earth by 17,200 miles, closer than the orbits of geosynchronous satellites. Via Guardian. Russian citizens upload footage of the day's other, unnamed and unexpected, meteor blast and its aftermath. Via Mashable.
U.S. National Cider Summit held in Chicago, Illinois. Via Food Republic.
The myth of the "beer belly." Via Shine.
How to chill a beer in 2 minutes. Via Alton Brown on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Profile of Washington DC's new and only distillery, New Columbia Distillers, via Washington Post.
The Roman Catholic Church's Pope Benedict to step down, citing poor health. Last Pope to resign did so in 1415. Via Yahoo.
Beer distributors in the United States employ 130,000 people, add $54 billion to GDP, pay $21.3 billion in taxes. Via National Beer Wholesalers Association.
Truman Cox, Master Distiller at A.Smith Bowman Distillery of Fredericksburg, Virginia, has died.