Monday, November 27, 2017

Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 45/46, 2017.

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

Weeks 47/48
5 November - 18 November 2017


  • 15 November 2017
    New England IPA is a beer style that can be really tasty when it is well made, but it can't even sit on a shelf for two weeks. It has no shelf life to it at all. It is the first beer style based around Instagram culture. [...] It is based on the idea that you wait online or at a brewery to get some of this limited thing.
    —Via Garrett Oliver (at Morning Advertiser), via YFGF.

  • 14 November 2017
    "Quad is NOT a style!" said Stephen Beaumont, as he and Tim Webb presented their new book, "Best Beers: the Indispensable Guide to the World’s Beers," at the Brick Store Pub, in Decatur, Georgia.
    —Via YFGF.

  • Sparkler 02
  • 12 November 2017
    The sparkler —for use on cask-ale 'beer-engines'— was invented in 1885...for better or worse.
    —Via Gary Gillman, at Beer et seq.

  • 11 November 2017
    Richard Overton, at 111, is the oldest living veteran of WW II — and the oldest man in America. In 2013, at age 107, he was asked the secret of his longevity. He replied: Whiskey in his morning coffee.
    I may drink a little in the evening too with some soda water, but that’s it. Whiskey’s a good medicine. It keeps your muscles tender.
    —Via TIME.

  • Dr. Morten Christian Meilgaard (1928 - 2009)
  • 11 November 2017
    Birthday in Beer...
    Born on 11 November 1928, Dr. Morten Meilgaard would become a pioneer of the science of beer flavor identification and nomenclature. In 1979, he created the Beer Flavor Wheel, a landmark organoleptic tool that the European Brewery Convention, the American Society of Brewing Chemists, and the Master Brewers Association of the Americas soon designated as an accepted standard. His book, Sensory Evaluation Techniques, became a textbook for sensory science. [...] Dr. Meilgaard died on 11 April 2009, at age 80.
    —Via YFGF.

  • 10 November 2017
    "A link between alcohol and cancer? It’s not nearly as scary as it seems."
    In the United States, [a new study from the American Society of Clinical Oncology] notes, 3.5 percent of cancer deaths are attributable to alcohol. Of course, this means that 96.5 percent of cancer deaths are not attributable to alcohol. If we eliminate heavy drinking, which no one endorses as healthy and where the association is surest, that number climbs. If we also eliminate those who smoke — smoking is believed to intensify the relationship between alcohol and cancer — the number of cancer deaths not attributable to alcohol approaches 100 percent.
    —Via New York Times.
    [N.B. See link to report of study attributing cancer to even light drinking, below, at New York Times, 7 November.]

  • 9 November 2017
    It's 28% alcohol; it's more than $200 per bottle; it's also illegal in 12 states. It's Utopias —a 'beer' from Samuel Adams.
    —Via Sacramento Bee (at Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

  • 8 November 2017
    Brewmaster, a new documentary, to be released in January 2018.
    follows one man as he studies to acquire his Master Cicerone certification, the beer equivalent of becoming a sommelier. Another thread in the movie follows a young man who quit his job as a lawyer to brew his own beer and pursue his dream of opening a brewery of his own.
    —Via YFGF.

  • 8 November 2017
    A British beer blogger expounds upon criteria for cask-ale quality in pubs: brewing, temperature, conditioning, dispense freshness, and sales. Applicable in the U.S. (or anywhere) as in the U.K.
    —Via The Pub Curmudgeon.

  • 7 November 2017
    There are 1.1 millon homebrewers in the U.S. Their average age is 42 years old; 85% are married or in a domestic partnership; 68% have a college degree or some form of higher education; 68% have household incomes of $75,000 or more. By the end of 2017, homebrewers will have produced more than 1.4 million barrels of beer, representing 1% of the total U.S. production.
    —Via American Homebrewers Association.

  • 7 November 2017
    New study from American Society of Clinical Oncology finds drinking any amount of alcohol causes cancer, even the equivalent of one drink per day.
    —Via New York Times.
    [N.B. See rebuttal, at New York Times, 10 November, above.]

  • 5 November 2017
    Ray Johnson —the four-decades organizer of the Blue Gray Show, a premier breweriana exhbition for the U.S. East Coast and the indefatigable "I want a keg of your beer" man of Virginia beer— has died.
    —Via YFGF.

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