A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
5 May - 18 May 2013
World Whisky Day was observed on 18 May 2013. In 2014: 17 May.
Is craft beer's "love affair with hops" is alienating people who don’t like bitter beers? Slate Magazine wonders.
Travel and Leisure Magazine selects the 20 best "beer cities" in the United States. (Baltimore, Maryland, picked as #20.)
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling on states to lower the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) to 0.05 or lower from the current 0.08. Via Washington Post.
First ever music video from earth orbit: Commander Chris Hadfield sings David Bowie's Space Oddity aboard the International Space Station. Via YouTube.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell growing hops at the Executive Mansion in Richmond. The hops will be used in a commemorative beer to highlight the Virginia craft beer industry, and to recognize this year's 200th anniversary of the building. Via Musings Over A Pint.
The Brewers Association supports the Congressional SMALL Brew Act, which would give excise tax relief to small breweries, but opposes the BEER Act, which would do so for all breweries; claims it would be a windfall for very large international conglomerates. YouTube.
American Craft Beer Week runs from Monday, 13 May through sunday 19 May 2013. Organized by the Brewers Association.
A modest proposal in honor of American Craft Beer Week: Bring back the Untied States Brewers Association (USBA). Via YFGF.
Baltimore, Maryland's Heavy Seas Ale House to open 2nd location, in Arlington (Rosslyn), Virginia, in late 2013. Via Baltimore Sun.
Birthday in beer: Jack McAuliffe, the "father" of American 'craft' beer, is 68. Via Brookston Beer Bulletin.
U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) re-introduce Small BREW Act (S. 917, The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act, a bill "to stimulate regional economies nationwide with a reduction in the excise tax on each barrel of beer brewed by small brewers." Via Brewers Association of Maryland.
Homebrewing legalized in Alabama and Mississippi, the last two states in the United States to forbid it. Via YFGF.
More than 60 additives have been approved by U.S. regulators for use in wine-making. Most never make it to the bottle label. Via Dave McIntyre of Washington Post.
- Clamps and Gaskets is a weekly wrap-up of stories not posted at Yours For Good Fermentables.com. Many of the stories deal with beer (or wine, or whisky); a few do not. But all are brief, and most are re-posts from twitter.com/cizauskas.
- The Clamps and Gaskets graphic was created by Mike Licht at NotionsCapital.