A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
8 December - 21 December 2013
Frank Zappa Day observed, in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Washington, D.C.-area celebrated the December Solstice (first calendar day of winter) with a record 72 °F temperature, as much of the rest of the nation suffered through winter storms. Via Capital Weather Gang (Washington Post).
German brewers petition UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to recognize the Reinheitsgebot (the German beer purity law, originally promulgated in 1516) as a world heritage tradition. Via The Salt (NPR).
What alcoholic beverages look like under a microscope. Via BevShots (at Mashable.com).
The CFO for Lost Abbey Brewing Company (San Marcos, California) is arrested for stealing funds from a non-profit arts organization. Promptly fired by brewery. Via ABC 10 News.
Singer Ray Price —"who changed country music while staying true to his own sound"— dies at age 87. Via Notions Capital.
Data from over 40 million credit and debit cards stolen at Target stores. Via Toronto Sun.
A panel of American beer writers select their 10 favorite IPAs of 2013. Via Thrillist.
Small and independent American breweries contributed $33.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012. Via Brewers Association.
U.S. National Archives to make billions of records publicly searchable on internet. Via Washington Post.
"Before the advent of refrigeration and advances in the science of fermentation in the mid-nineteenth century, almost all beer was, to varying degrees, sour." Via Christian DeBenedetti (in New Yorker Magazine).
Peter O'Toole, star of Lawrence of Arabia, and many more films, dies, aged 81. Via The Guardian.
After several years of declining numbers, independent bookstores may be making a comeback. The number of operating bookstores was up 6.4% in 2013. Via Washington Post.
British Library uploads one million public domain images to the internet for public reuse. Via Boing Boing.
Yahoo Mail suffers nearly week-long outage. Via New York Times.
Washington, D.C.-area 'craft' breweries engage in tussle over naming rights. Via Washington City Paper.
U.S. beer sales declined by 2.3% (4.8 million barrels) between 2007 and 2012. The sales of the top 9 brands fell by 25%. Via Brookston Beer Bulletin (quoting AOL story).
The great jazz guitarist Jim Hall has died, age 83. Obituary via New York Times. Appreciation via Jazz Times.
The United States is now home to a Trappist brewery: Saint Joseph's Abbey, in Spencer, Massachusetts, brewing Spencer Trappist Ale, the 10th Trappist brewery in world. Via Belgian Beer Specialist.
In its inaugural year, the North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) honors the best beer-writing in North America. Via YFGF.
New study finds abstaining from alcohol can lead to a shorter life than drinking moderately. Via Business Insider.
- Clamps and Gaskets is a bi-weekly (usually) wrap-up of stories not posted at Yours For Good Fermentables.com. Most deal with beer (or wine, or whisky); some do not. But all are brief, and many are re-posts from twitter.com/cizauskas.
- The Clamps and Gaskets graphic was created by Mike Licht at NotionsCapital.