A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
26 April - 9 May 2015
Mild Ales are disappearing in the U.K., the land of their birth; but are re-appearing in the U.S.
—Via Tony Naylor at The Guardian.
Remembering VE Day (Victory in Europe). Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies, today, 70 years ago.
Remember the Lusitania! A German U-boat sank the passenger liner 100 years ago today, while the U.S. was still officially neutral. 1,195 died.
Since its publication in 2012, the "The Oxford Companion to Beer," has been recognized as a standard reference on beer. For a list of errata (and corrections), go to A Good Beer Blog, compiled there by beer writer, Alan McLeod.
Cinco de Mayo: not celebrated much in Mexico, but an excuse for beer-drinking (beer-selling) in the United States. Mexico celebrates its actual Independence Day on 16 September.
—Via Long Beach Post.
He stood by us. Famed R&B singer, Ben E. King, has died at 76.
—Via The Guardian.
After city riots, Baltimore, Maryland's chief prosecutor charged six police officers with a range of crimes including murder and manslaughter in the arrest and fatal injury of unarmed civilian, Freddie Gray.
—Via New York Times.
After a Massachusetts 'craft' brewery complained, the state investigated a Massachusetts 'craft beer' wholesaler, and fined it for illegal 'pay-to-play' practices.
—Via Boston Globe.
Developer ordered to recreate and rebuild historic London pub, the Carlton Tavern, after illegally demolishing it.
—Via London Evening Standard.
'Craft' breweries find the cost of whiskey barrels has jumped 34% in one year.
—Via Bryan D. Roth at This Is Why I'm Drunk.
One more departing of the before-'craft beer' and early-'craft beer' era. Maurice Coja, erstwhile proprietor of Washington D.C.'s internationally renowned Brickskeller, an emporium that once boasted a menu of over one thousand beers, has died at 83.
American 'craft' brewery, Brooklyn Brewing, to operate Norwegian brewery, E.C. Dahls, in collaboration with Denmark-based Carlsberg, fifth largest brewery group in the world.
—Via Brookston Beer Bulletin.
Others have joked about a 'session' Double IPA, an oxymoron. Shmaltz Brewing, of New York, has actually brewed one. It designates its beer "Wishbone," tongue-in-cheek, a "Session Double IPA" ... at 8% alcohol.
—Via My Beer Buzz.
"While a little haziness might be forgiven, there is no excuse for beers that look like 'chicken soup.' "
—Via U.C. Davis Professor Charlie Bamforth, at Tandleman's Beer Blog.
- YFGF has been remiss: feature Clamps and Gaskets is several weeks behind the calendar. There will be a Monday post, every week until things are set right.
- Clamps and Gaskets is a bi-weekly wrap-up of stories not posted at Yours For Good Fermentables.com. Most deal with beer (or wine, or whisky); some do not.
- The Clamps and Gaskets graphic was created by Mike Licht at NotionsCapital.
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