A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
8 June - 21 June 2014
"In 2012, the New York State Legislature adopted a 'farm brewery' law. The bill mandates that small breweries will need to use a minimum 20% of a New York-grown barley product to officially be dubbed a New York beer. The requirement will increment over the years, up to 90% by 2020."
As a result, Cornell University is attempting to develop "New York-friendly" malting barley. The USDA, as well, is conducting similar experiments, near Raleigh, North Carolina.
“Musical composition should bring joy." The great 'hard bop' jazz pianist/composer Horace Silver has died at 85.
—Via New York Times.
Montgomery County, Maryland, one of the few alcohol 'full control jurisdictions' in the United States, will now allow small brewery self-distribution.
—Via DC Beer.
"Some players are in the Hall of Fame. A few are Hall-of-Famers." Tony Guinn —arguably the greatest hitter in Major League Baseball of the last 50 years— has died at age 54.
—Via New York Times.
The United States flag was officially adopted 14 June 1777. The day is now observed as Flag Day.
Did Anheuser-Busch InBev and Miller Coors really 'cave in' to the ingredient-listing demands of the 'Food Babe'? Historian Maureen Ogle calls out Vani Hari's process over product specious bait-and-switch.
21st century racketeering. Feedly, a widely-used RSS reader website, was temporarily taken down by a distributed denial of service attack by unknown perpetrators demanding ransom.
—Via Yahoo News.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues a 'clarification' seemingly backing down from its earlier ban on using wood shelving in 'artisanal' cheesemaking.
A Virginia brewery uses yeast cultured from a fossilized whale bone to brew beer.
—Via Washington Business Journal.
The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) —the agency of the U.S. government that oversees breweries— exempts over thirty beer ingredients and brewing processes, such as barrel-aging, from reporting requirements.
Brewers Publications releases its newest book on brewing: American Sour Beers: Innovative Techniques for Mixed Fermentations.
—Written by Washington, D.C.-area homebrewer, Michael Tonsmeire, who blogs at The Mad Fermentationist.