A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
9 November - 22 November 2014
Marion Barry, civil rights leader and former four-time mayor of Washington, D.C, has died at age 78.
The economic impact from craft brewing in Virginia comes to $623 million; 8,163 jobs; 52 percent annual growth in volume among Virginia craft breweries; a ranking of 15th in the nation in 2013 for the number of active breweries (90); and the possibility to nearly double that number in the next three to five years.
—Via Lee Graves (at Virginia Business)
Virginia brewery puts turkey stuffing into its beer.
—Via Washington Post Express
The mid-Atlantic region's first ever hop processing plant to open at Black Hops Farm, near Leesburg, Virginia. A forty-thousand dollar grant from the Virginia Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund to assist Loudoun County with the estimated one million dollar project.
—Via Virginia Business.
Craft brewers fighting 'black market' re-sell price-gouging. For instance a 'limited-edition' bottle of Stone Brewing (California) from 2002, which sold then for $7.99 in, was seen on-line selling for $1,000.
—Via CNN Money
The great film/stage director, Mike Nichols, has died at age 83.
—Via The Guardian
The Top 100 Wines of 2014.
—Via Wine Enthusiast
—Via Wine Spectator (at YFGF)
Women represent 37% of total U.S. 'craft' beer consumption, but the industry still seen failing its female fan base.
—Via First We Feast
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in three adult Americans drink too much, yet finds that 90% of those are NOT alcohol dependent. —Via NPR Food.
Forty-five 'craft' breweries are members of Brewers for Clean Water; actively support Clean Water Act. (In the Washington, D.C./Virginia area: Chocolate City Brewing, Blue Mountain Brewery, Old Bust Head Brewing, and South Street Brewery.)
—Via National Resources Defense Council
A look at the history, from the late 1980s through the present, of 'craft' vs. 'crafty,' that is, small brewery beer vs. large breweries masquerading as small.
—Via Paste Magazine
The State of Virginia celebrates Virginia Cider Week, 14 - 23 November 2014.
History is made with the “first controlled touchdown on a comet nucleus.” The European Space Agency's Philae, launched from its Rosetta probe, landed on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which orbits the sun at a speed of about 85,000 mph, 300 million miles from Earth.
—Via Washington Post
A mid-western U.S.beer landmark will be re-lit. August Schell Brewing Company moves to preserve Minneapolis' iconic Grain Belt sign.
—Via Schells Brewery
Top 10 worldwide beer brands of 2014. Number one is China's Snow still tops; Bud Light is at number 3.
—Via Brookston Beer Bulletin
“The age of craft brewers acquiring craft brewers is upon us.” San Diego's Green Flash buys Alpine Beer.
—Via Brookston Beer Bulletin
A wine writer predicts "The Coming Repeal of the Three Tier System for Wine, Beer, and Spirits."
—Via Tom Wark at Fermentation Wine Blog
[Beer distributors] are just as vital as other tiers [of craft beer business]," says Erik Frank, Field Marketing Manager for Deschutes Brewery.
—Via Southwest Michigan's Second Wave