A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
31 August - 13 September 2014
Americans prefer red wine over white, by 58% to 42%.
—Via Washington Post Wonk Blog.
Washington D.C.-based Air Force F-16 pilots, lacking live ammunition on 11 September 2001, were prepared to ram the hijackers with their jet.
—Via Washington Post
How much -and which- alcohol is drunk in the world during a week?
—Interactive infographic via Ghost in the Data
(Source: World Health Organization)
Nationals Park, in Washington, D.C., will be the site, outdoors, for the 1 January 2015 Winter Classic National Hockey League (NHL) hockey game, between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks.
—Via Washington Post
There's a fear of a pretzel shortage at Munich's Oktoberfest, as the Bavarian bakers' guild threatens to strike for a 6.5% wage increase.
The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently released domestic production and domestic tax paid figures for the first six months of 2014 showing
- Total U.S. malt beverage production growing 0.6 percent for a gain of more than 7.7 million case equivalents (560,000 barrels).
- Canned beer packages carried the industry in 2014, growing 3.1 percent by more than 23.1 million cases in just six months.
- Imports' share of market rose to 14.4 percent, compared to 13.8 percent for the same time frame in 2013.
- More important for beer sales is the domestic tax paid figure that represents domestic cases sold to distributors by U.S. breweries. Year-to-date, this figure is basically flat, showing only a small volume decrease of around -0.2 percent.
How the rules and regulations for buying alcohol differ in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C.
—Via Huffington Post
(Sources: Wikipedia, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States).
Remains of a Colonial-era brewery found at College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
—Via Associated Press.
Year-to-date beer sales figures from the Brewers Association (whose self-described purpose is to "promote and protect small and independent American brewers":
- Total U.S. beer sales up 2.9%
- Craft beer up 20.9% at 7.8% of the 196 million barrels of beer sold
- Domestic premium beer sales down 0.1%
- FMBs (flavored malt beverages) up 24.6%.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine selects its top American tastemakers under 40 for 2014. Three are in the 'craft' beer world.
- Meg Gill, brewer at Golden Road Brewing
- Pat Fahey, the youngest-ever Master Cicerone, a program which "certifies and educates beer professionals in order to elevate the beer experience for consumers"
- Travis Benoit, owner of Crowd Brewed: "financing and fundraising options for the craft beer industry and its affiliates."
Pabst to release recreation of legendary Ballantine IPA, at 7.2% alcohol-by-volume (abv); 70 International Bittering Units (IBU).
Ballantine may bave been "the first India pale ale (IPA) brewed in the United States. It was certainly the first made by the Peter Ballantine & Sons Brewing Company, of Newark, New Jersey, dating back to 1878. It was one of the few breweries to outlast prohibition and continue making IPAs for decades after."