A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
20 October - 2 November 2013
Feliz Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). Via Wikipedia.
National Security Agency (NSA) has been secretly tapping all Google and Yahoo data transmissions, by Americans and non-Americans alike, worldwide. Via Yahoo.
A brief history of American pumpkin beer. Via Smithsonian Magazine.
A fire at the Yuengling brewery in Florida causes $1M in damage. Story via Christian Science Monitor. The damage was less than it could have been, says brewery manager. Story via UPI.
Lou Reed, a seminal figure in, and pioneer of, American rock music, has died at age 71. Via Rolling Stone.
Touring the renovated American Brewery, in Baltimore, Maryland. Via YFGF.
Beer writer Stephen Beaumont doesn't care much for the world's newest strongest beer: Snake Venom, at 67.5% alcohol-by-volume.
The (only?) 3 watershed discoveries of brewers, anywhere, ever. Via Beervana.
Conan O'Brien's Triumph the Insult Dog visits the Great American Beer Festival.
Jazz singer, Gloria Lynne, dies at age 83. Via Wikipedia. Most successful recording: I Wish You Love.
Gallup poll finds 58% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. Via Forbes.
Scaffolding to cover U.S. Capitol dome for 2 years during repairs. (Congress hiding from view?) Via WJLA-TV.
The Virginia Wine Wholesalers Association and others work to overturn the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's ban on wholesaler participation at alcohol-related events at restaurants. Via Washington Business Journal.