Monday, February 08, 2016

Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 3/4, 2016.

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

Weeks 3/4
17 - 30 January 2016

  • 30 January 2016
    Dram disaster. A single malt scotch shortage is looming, the industry a victim of its own success.
    —Via Wall Street Journal.

  • 28 January 2016
    Paul Kantner, founding member and guitarist for Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, has died at age 74.
    —Via Rolling Stone.

  • 28 January 2016
    'Session IPA' is NOT 'session' beer.
    • Needed: low-alcohol, layers of flavour, balance, reasonably priced.
      —Via Fuggled.
    • "A simplicity to these beers that belies their depth and balance and makes their drinkability somehow increase as you go from pint to pint during your drinking session."
      —Via Mark Dredge at Pencil and Spoon.

  • 28 January 2016
    Beer production in the United States, 2015 vs. 1980: 94 times as many breweries, producing 7.3% less beer.
    —Via YFGF (on Facebook).

  • NO Beer to Go
  • 27 January 2016
    The Orwellian nature of Georgia beer laws. The state's Department of Revenue agrees to abide by the original intent of legislation, to allow state breweries to sell brewery tours at variable prices based on the kind of beer offered. In return, state breweries agree not to seek redress from the legislature. Georgia and Mississippi remain the only two states in the U.S. that forbid breweries from selling beers to customers in their taprooms
    —Via Georgia Craft Brew Lawyer.

  • 26 January 2016
    Actor Abe Vigoda, known for roles in 'The Godfather' and 'Barney Miller,' has died at 94.
    —Via CNN.

  • 26 January 2016
    A British wine writer interviews a brewer, claims that the ancient Greeks invented barleywine ales.
    —Via Wilson On Wine.

  • 23 January 2016
    Twenty Virginia breweries collaborate in fight against the cancer of a fellow brewery owner, with Kerri's Cure Belgian-style Pale Ale.
    —Via Fritz Hahn at Washington Post.

  • 23 January 2016
    Unseasonably cool weather in California and Arizona causes cauliflower shortage and price spikes.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • NASA map of temperature anomalies in 2015
    compared to the long-term average.
  • 21 January 2016
    2015 is the Earth's hottest year since reporting began in 1850, hotter than 2014, itself a record.
    —Via Guardian.

  • 21 January 2016
    Total U.S. beer production fell by 1.4% in 2015 to 174,721,000 barrels (from (from 177,131,992 barrels in 2014).
    —Via Beer Institute.

  • 20 January 2016
    How many calories in your beer? Four pints of a 6.5% beer would be 1,040 calories, by the way.
    —Via Joe Stange at DRAFT Magazine.

  • 20 January 2016
    In national surveys conducted by the Brewers Association, 67 percent of craft beer drinkers said it was important to them that their beer be locally made, while 61 percent said it was important that the brewery was independent. Meanwhile, the craft category is growing faster than the total beer market, and in 2014 reached a double-digit (11 percent) share of the marketplace by volume.
    —Via [U.S.] Brewers Association at Washington Post.

  • 20 January 2016
    Are 'craft' brewers co-opting 'crafty' methods? Or is it just good business?
    Brew Hub’s founders saw a hole in the craft brewing world five years ago and quickly moved to fill it, building a production facility to help popular small brewers increase their capacity without having to make the capital investment in equipment.
    —Via Fortune Magazine.

  • 18 January 2016
    Oskar Blues (brewer of Dales Pale Ale) packaged and shipped 50,000 cans of filtered, fresh water to residents of Flint, Michigan, who were unable to drink the city's lead-contaminated tap water. The water came from the brewery's new Brevard, North Carolina, location (its original brewery is in Colorado); the cans themselves were donated by the Ball Corporation.
    —Via Denver Post.

  • 18 January 2016
    On Martin Luther King Day, five myths about Martin Luther King, Jr.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 18 January 2016
    Glenn Frey, a founding member and guitarist of the Eagles, one of the most popular and commercially successful artists of the 1970s, dies at age 67.
    —Via Billboard (at Yahoo Music).

  • Sunnyside Farm & Orchard
  • 17 January 2016
    Congress passes the CIDER Act, decreasing excise tax rates on cider and perry, from levels similar to wine to rates closer to beer.
    —Via YFGF.

  • 17 January 2016
    Is it possible to have too many breweries in a given market? Yes, of course, it is possible but I don’t think we have reached that point in even the most mature markets like San Diego and Portland. The main reason for this is the fact that it is not just the supply of craft beer that is growing, the demand itself that is growing dramatically and this growth shows no sign of slowing down.

    —Via Beeronomics.

  • 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.
  • The Clamps and Gaskets graphic was created by Mike Licht at NotionsCapital.

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