Monday, November 03, 2014

Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 42/43, 2014.

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

Weeks 42/43
12 October - 25 October 2014

  • 2014.10.25
    Less "sunshine" today. Jack Bruce, vocalist and bassist for 'super' rock group Cream, dies at 71. Played with famed rock/blues guitarist Eric Clapton.
    —Via Associated Press.

  • 2014.10.22
    A Canadian soldier was shot and killed in Canada's capitol in Ottawa, and a gunman was killed by the sergeant-at-arms after racing inside Parliament. Prime Minister Stephen Harper called it the second terrorist attack in three days.
    —Via USA Today.

  • 2014.10.21
    When newspapers were news-papers. Ben Bradlee —editor of Washington Post during era of Pentagon Papers and Watergate— dies at age 93.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 2014.10.18
    "Beer isn't going to get any better than it is now. The beer business is going to stop being about beer, and become more about business." 'Craft' beer in a post-craft world.
    — Via Are You Tasting the Pith?.

    Porter just right
  • 2014.10.17
    The tragic history of the London Beer Flood of 17 October 1814. Two hundred years to this day, a broken vat at the Horse Shoe Brewery on Tottenham Court Road, in London, UK, flooded the local area with 265,000 gallons (US) of porter, killing eight people and demolishing a pair of homes.
    —Via The Independent.

  • 2014.10.16
    When celebrity chef David Chang wrote in GQ Magazine that 'craft' beer drinkers were snobs, Garrett Oliver —author and brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewing— responded:

    "It's not the fancy beer you don't like. You don't like us, your people. You have a "tenuous relationship with the Epicurean snob set?" You are the epicurean snob set! I've seen you with champagne in one hand and a Noma lamb leg in the other, chatting up celebrities. Why you frontin'? You spent your first three paragraphs insulting people just like you…is the cash, fame and luxury not working out?"
    —Via GQ Magazine.

  • 2014.10.14
    Construction begins on the Virginia Beach, Virginia, facility of San Diego, California-based, Green Flash Brewing. To open in 2016, hiring more than forty employees.
    —Via Virginia Pilot.

  • 2014.10.14
    Dann Paquette —co-founder of Boston, Massachusetts, brewery Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project— publicly complains about pay-to-play, under-the-table transactions, where brewers or wholesalers offer cash and incentives to retailers and bar owners in exchange for guaranteed placement. Doesn't publicly name names.
    —Via Brewbound.

    Christopher Columbus, by Sebastiano del Piombo
  • 2014.10.13
    Columbus Day and the sanitization of history."The strife that has engulfed Christopher Columbus' legacy in recent years has put the concept of an Indigenous People's Day at the forefront of discussion."
    —Via Truthout.

  • 2014.10.12
    • Questions about the incentives Richmond and Virginia offered to lure Stone Brewing to the city.
      —Via Richmond Times-Dispatch.
    • “Nice for our cool factor, but great for our bottom line.” How Richmond, Virginia, plans to recoup its thirty-one million dollar investment in luring California's Stone Brewing.
      —Via Richmond Times-Dispatch.

  • 2014.10.10
    The re-release of an American mid 20th century, pre-'craft', IPA: Ballantine IPA, now to be brewed by ... Pabst!
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 2014.10.10
    Scientists at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology and the Belgian University of Leuven have discovered why yeasts produce flavors prized in beer: yeasts' aromatic molecules attract fruit flies, which then unintentionally provide transport for the otherwise non-motile yeasts.
    —Via Popular Mechanics.

  • 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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