A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
16 March - 29 March 2014
Paste Magazine picks the top ten baseball ballparks with the best selection of 'craft' beer. PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is 1st; Washington, D.C. Nationals Park, is 6th; Baltimore, Maryland, Camden Yards, 9th. In contrast, The Daily Meal selects Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, as 1st; Nats Park as 5th; Camden Yards as 9th.
Toronto beer blogger Chris Schryer has forsaken solid food for Lent, partaking only of beer (and juice), and no solid food. Via National Post.
'Craft' beer trademark wars. Maryland's DuClaw Brewing sues Colorado's Left Hand Brewing for trademark infringement. Via City Paper. Rocker Ozzy Osbourne sends cease-and-desist letter to Baltimore brewpub Brewers Art over its longtime Ozzy Ale. Cease & desist your longtime Ozzy Ale. Via City Paper.
Philadelphia's Dock Street brewpub brews beer with goat brains, as homage to season finale of cable-television series, "The Walking Dead." Via CNET.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) —of the U.S. Department of the Treasury— okays the use dimethyl dicarbonate in beer as a preservative. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) —of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services— has okayed the use of dimethyl dicarbonate for several years in wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Via Beerpulse.
Citizens of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, petition to have Pabst Brewing return to the city as city or publicly-owned brewery. Via WUWM radio.
A small Massachusetts brewery exits the (U.S.) Brewers Association, cites several reasons including including the residency of very large breweries now in same organization as very small breweries. Via Pivní Filosof.
New Federal Trade Commission (FTC) study on alcohol advertising finds that Internet access to alcohol-related sites should be tightened against minors. Via Brewbound.
Anheuser-Busch InBev spending $4.3M lobbying for an excise tax-lowering bill that it admits has little chance of passing. [The Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2013, known as the BEER Act, proposes reducing the per-barrel tax on beer from $18 to $9 and implementing a bigger reduction for small brewers that would virtually eliminate excise taxes on the first 15,000 barrels.] Why, via The Motley Fool.
"Brewmore │Baltimore" —documentary on brewing history of Baltimore, Maryland— debuts at Maryland College Institute of Art. Via YFGF.
Scientists detect gravitational waves from 1 trillionth of 1 trillionth of 1 trillionth of 1 second after the Big Bang. Via Scientific American.
The human nose can detect at least ... 1 trillion odors (!) ... says new study of sense of smell, conducted at Rockefeller University, published in Science Magazine. Via Washington Post.
Beer bloggers blog on the question: "Why do you drink beer?" Via Baltimore Bistros & Beer for The Session: Beer Blogging Friday.
In 2013, craft beer accounted for 7.8% of the total United States beer market volume (up from 6.5% in 2012) and 14.3% ($14.3 billion) in terms of dollars of all beer sold. Via Brewers Association.
'Craft' beer pioneer, Dr. James Kollar —founder, in the early 1980s, of the Chesapeake Bay Brewing Company, Virginia's first-ever microbrewery, and only the second microbrewery to open on the East Coast— has died. Via Allen Young (at YFGF).
- Clamps and Gaskets is a bi-weekly wrap-up of stories not necessarily 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.