Monday, December 08, 2014

Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 46/47, 2014.

Clamps and Gaskets: weekly roundup
A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.

Weeks 46/47
9 November - 22 November 2014

  • 2014.11.22
    Marion Barry, civil rights leader and former four-time mayor of Washington, D.C, has died at age 78.
    —Via CNN.
  • 2014.11.22
    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)

  • 2014.11.22
    Virginia brewery puts turkey stuffing into its beer.
    —Via Washington Post Express

  • 2014.11.21
    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.

  • 2014.11.21
    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

  • 2014.11.20
    The great film/stage director, Mike Nichols, has died at age 83.
    —Via The Guardian

  • 2014.11.20
    The Top 100 Wines of 2014.
    —Via Wine Enthusiast
    —Via Wine Spectator (at YFGF)

    Weizen sippers
  • 2014.11.20
    Women represent 37% of total U.S. 'craft' beer consumption, but the industry still seen failing its female fan base.
    —Via First We Feast

  • 2014.11.20
    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.

  • 2014.11.19
    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

  • 2014.11.17
    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

  • 2014.11.14
    The State of Virginia celebrates Virginia Cider Week, 14 - 23 November 2014.
    —Via YFGF

  • 2014.11.12
    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

  • 2014.11.12
    A mid-western landmark will be re-lit. August Schell Brewing Company moves to preserve Minneapolis' iconic Grain Belt sign.
    —Via Schells Brewery

  • 2014.11.11
    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

  • 2014.11.10
    “The age of craft brewers acquiring craft brewers is upon us.” San Diego's Green Flash buys Alpine Beer.
    —Via Brookston Beer Bulletin

  • 2014.11.09
    A wine writer predicts "The Coming Repeal of the Three Tier System for Wine, Beer, and Spirits."
    —Via Tom Wark at Fermentation Wine Blog

  • 2014.11.09
    [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

  • Clamps and Gaskets is a bi-weekly wrap-up of stories  not posted at Yours For Good Most deal with beer (or wine, or whisky); some do not. But all are brief, and many are re-posts from
  • The Clamps and Gaskets graphic was created by Mike Licht at NotionsCapital.

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