Monday, September 22, 2014

Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 36/37, 2014.

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

Weeks 36/37
31 August - 13 September 2014

  • 2014.09.12
    Americans prefer red wine over white, by 58% to 42%.
    —Via Washington Post Wonk Blog.

  • 2014.09.11
    Washington D.C.-based Air Force F-16 pilots, lacking live ammunition on 11 September 2001, were prepared to ram the hijackers with their jet.
    —Via Washington Post

  • 2014.09.08
    How much -and which- alcohol is drunk in the world during a week?
    —Interactive infographic via Ghost in the Data
    (Source: World Health Organization)

    Nats by water
  • 2014.09.06
    Nationals Park, in Washington, D.C., will be the site, outdoors, for the 1 January 2015 Winter Classic National Hockey League (NHL) hockey game, between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks.
    —Via Washington Post

  • 2014.09.06
    There's a fear of a pretzel shortage at Munich's Oktoberfest, as the Bavarian bakers' guild threatens to strike for a 6.5% wage increase.
    —Via Telegraph

  • 2014.09.06
    The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently released domestic production and domestic tax paid figures for the first six months of 2014 showing
    • Total U.S. malt beverage production growing 0.6 percent for a gain of more than 7.7 million case equivalents (560,000 barrels).
    • Canned beer packages carried the industry in 2014, growing 3.1 percent by more than 23.1 million cases in just six months.
    • Imports' share of market rose to 14.4 percent, compared to 13.8 percent for the same time frame in 2013.
    • More important for beer sales is the domestic tax paid figure that represents domestic cases sold to distributors by U.S. breweries. Year-to-date, this figure is basically flat, showing only a small volume decrease of around -0.2 percent.
    —Via National Beer Wholesalers Association (NGBW)

  • 2014.09.05
    How the rules and regulations for buying alcohol differ in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C.
    —Via Huffington Post
    (Sources: Wikipedia, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States).

  • 2014.09.05
    Remains of a Colonial-era brewery found at College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
    —Via Associated Press.

  • 2014.09.02
    Year-to-date beer sales figures from the Brewers Association (whose self-described purpose is to "promote and protect small and independent American brewers":
    • Total U.S. beer sales up 2.9%
    • Craft beer up 20.9% at 7.8% of the 196 million barrels of beer sold
    • Domestic premium beer sales down 0.1%
    • FMBs (flavored malt beverages) up 24.6%.
    —Via Market Development Committee (of Brewers Association).

  • 2014.09.02
    Wine Enthusiast Magazine selects its top American tastemakers under 40 for 2014. Three are in the 'craft' beer world.
    • Meg Gill, brewer at Golden Road Brewing
    • Pat Fahey, the youngest-ever Master Cicerone, a program which "certifies and educates beer professionals in order to elevate the beer experience for consumers"
    • Travis Benoit, owner of Crowd Brewed: "financing and fundraising options for the craft beer industry and its affiliates."
    —Via Wine Enthusiast Magazine

  • 2014.09.01
    Pabst to release recreation of legendary Ballantine IPA, at 7.2% alcohol-by-volume (abv); 70 International Bittering Units (IBU).

    Ballantine may bave been "the first India pale ale (IPA) brewed in the United States. It was certainly the first made by the Peter Ballantine & Sons Brewing Company, of Newark, New Jersey, dating back to 1878. It was one of the few breweries to outlast prohibition and continue making IPAs for decades after."
    —Via Gizmodo
  • 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. But all are brief, and many are re-posts from
  • The Clamps and Gaskets graphic was created by Mike Licht at NotionsCapital.

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