Monday, September 25, 2017

Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 35/36, 2017.

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

Weeks 35/36
27 August - 9 September 2017

    Roger Protz
  • 9 September 2017
    Roger Protz, the long-time editor of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide, retires at 78.
    He edited the [Campaign for Real Ale] annual guide from 1978 to 1983 and from 2000 to 2018. And he has traveled the world writing about beer. But his proudest achievement is helping to save traditional British beers from extinction. [...] Roger says nothing beats a pint of cask ale, which he calls “the champagne of the beer world.”
    —Via Daily Mirror.

  • 7 September 2017
    It was a bad day for four hundred of Anheuser-Busch InBev's American employees who sell its "High End" products (formerly independent 'craft' breweries Goose Island, Blue Point, 10 Barrel, Elysian, Golden Road, Four Peaks, Breckenridge, Devils Backbone, Karbach, and Wicked Weed). The world's lagest international beverage conglomerate fired them.
    —Via Brewbound.

  • 7 September 2017
    If one ignores the sales slumps of the top two 'faux-craft' brands —Blue Moon (Molson Coors) and Shock Top (Anheuser-Busch InBev)— and of the top two 'craft' breweries (as defined by the [U.S.] Brewers Association) —Boston Beer/Samuel Adams and Sierra Nevada— the year-to-date dollar sales for 'craft' beer have actually jumped from a growth of 5.5% last year to 11.3% this year (rather than the reported 6%). That might be having fun with statistics, but, then again, those four brands do comprise roughly a quarter of all 'craft' dollars, "which tells us that nearly three-quarters of the craft segment is still collectively displaying double-digit growth."
    —Via Bump Williams in Beer Business Daily, as quoted by YFGF (on Facebook).

  • 5 September 2017
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions says Justice Department will begin deportation of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) so-called "Dreamers" —nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children— in six months. Anyone who has a DACA permit expiring between now and 5 March 2018 has until 5 October 2017 to apply for a two-year renewal.
    —Via The Atlantic.

  • Craft brewing produced 128,768 jobs in 2016
  • 4 September 2017
    Cheers to hard-working brewers on Labor Day.
    “I often comment that there's a lot of money in beer, and there is ... for some owners. The folks who actually work in the breweries--not so much. Brewing is having its moment as a high-status job, but the work itself is blue-collar, lift-and-sweat labor. Even at small breweries, where new-recipe creation happens each week (the glamorous part), for the people who must put water to malt and make those beers, the days are long and hard.”
    —Jeff Alworth, Beervana

    “Labor issues are the Achilles heel of the craft beer movement. We need to become an industry that provides our brewers with career-satisfying wages, or craft beer businesses won’t be sustainable.”
    —Ben Edmunds, Breakside Brewing
    —Via Beervana.

  • 4 September 2017
    On Labor Day, looking back on Curt Flood: How one man changed Major League baseball, affording players contract rights held by most other American workers, and, in the process, ruined his career.
    —Via SB Nation.

  • 3 September 2017
    [Louis] Pasteur was already a scientific icon when he decided to work on brewer's yeast [in the 1870s]. He had done revolutionary work on wine-making, dairy production, silkworms, and important theoretical work in chemistry and biology. His reason for taking up work on beer was rather surprising: he wanted national revenge over Germany. Germany attacked France in July 1870, causing his only son to enlist and interrupting construction of Pasteur's laboratory. [From that starting point, Pasteur identified yeast as the agent of fermentation and demonstrated how brewers] could use the tools and methods of microbiologists to get better control over and understanding of their own brewing.
    —Via Larsblog.

  • Portrait of Thelonious Monk, Minton's Playhouse, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947 [by photographer William P. Gottlieb]
  • 1 September 2017
    Ugly Beauty. Son of jazz giant Thelonious Monk sues craft brewery North Coast (in Fort Bragg, California) for exploiting his father’s name.
    —Via The Drinks Business.

  • 1 September 2017
    How 'craft' breweries in Texas fared during Hurricane Harvey; how they and other 'craft' breweries asssisted victims of the Category 5 hurricane.
    —Via [U.S.] Brewers Association.

  • Georgia Brewery Liberation Day
  • 1 September 2017
    Beginning September 1, 2017, Georgia breweries will be granted the ability to sell their product directly to their customers. This comes after a long and collaborative effort by Georgia’s breweries and distributors creating and recreating proposals for the state in the form of State Bills to be approved by the state’s House and Senate and eventually signed into law by the Governor.
    —Via Porch Drinking.

  • 30 August 2017
    The great beer writer Michael Jackson (1942-2007) —the Beer Hunter— died ten years ago today. British-born, world-beloved, Jackson was the prime promulgator, in several books, of the concept of beer 'type' or 'beer style,' based on geography and tradition, but also ingredient and process. A novel idea in 1977, 'beer style' is now well-established, if often twisted beyond Jackson's original premise. Earlier this year, British beer writers Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey looked at his legacy:
    The Beer Hunter was a persona. Michael Jackson, on the other hand, was a complex person, with all of his faults, foibles, and doubts in tow.
    —Via Beer Advocate.

  • 28 September 2017
    The Anheuser-Busch InBev brewing plant in Cartersville, Georgia sends more than 500,000 cans of water to Harvey victims in Texas.
    —Via WSB-TV (Atlanta).

  • Malt in beer
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  • Clamps and Gaskets is a bi-weekly wrap-up of stories about beer (or wine, or whisky) and other things.
  • Today's edition of Clamps & Gaskets has been posted one week late. My editor is not pleased. Another edition should be posted next Monday so that the series can return to its regular bi-weekly schedule.
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