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Monday, November 02, 2015

Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 42/43, 2015.

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

Weeks 42/43
11 October - 24 October 2015


  • 22 October 2015
    Steve Hindy (of Brooklyn Brewery) on 'craft' vs. mainstream beer: “We make beer. They make money.”
    —Via New York Times.

  • 22 October 2015
    San Diego, California, 'craft' brewery, Ballast Point, to sell public stock. What could be the danger in that?
    —Via The Full Pint.

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  • 22 October 2015
    Recipe for Beer-Brined Pickles.
    —Via YFGF.

  • 20 October 2015
    Historian Maureen Ogle to update her 2006 history of beer in America, Ambitious Brew. To publish a new chapter as e-book esay, in October 2016.
    —Via Maureen Ogle.

  • 20 October 2015
    In 1914, Washington, D.C. breweries produced 210,284 barrels of beer. In 2014: 20,660 barrels. But that's up from zero in 1957.
    —Via DC Beer.

  • 20 October 2015
    UnTappd, a social-networking app and website at which beer drinkers post their reviews, is five years old. And that is its spelling.
    —Via UnTappd.

  • 20 October 2015
    Although it acknowledges no culpability, AB-InBev loses a $28M class-action suit over labeling Beck's beer sold in the U.S. as being brewed in Germany. It is not. The conglomerate brews that Beck's in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, and will indicate so on the beer's bottle label as part of the settlement.
    —Via Reuters.

  • 19 October 2015
    One hundred years after the Robert Portner/Tivoli Brewery (in 1916, the largest brewery in the U.S. South) closed in Alexandria, Virginia, due to Prohibition, the Portner Brewhouse — owned by two great-granddaughters of Robert Portner— is scheduled to open in Alexandria, in summer 2016.
    —Via Virginia Craft Beer.

  • 17 October 2015
    Research published in 2011 suggested that Saccharomyces eubayanus —one-half of lager yeast's pair of parents— had originated in Patagonia (at the southern tip of South America). But left unanswered was how that yeast was able to get to Bavaria before Europeans began traveling to the Americas. Research in 2014 may have provided an answer: maybe the initial cross-hybridization came earlier, not from South America, but from Asia. Researchers have discovered S. eubayanus yeast on the Tibetan Plateau which shows a closer genetic match to modern lager yeast than that in the Patagonian forests.
    —Via LarsBlog.

  • 17 October 2015
    The tragic story of the Great London Beer Flood of 17 October 1814.
    —Via British beer historian, Martyn Cornell, at Zythophile.

  • 16 October 2015
    "What you do is make beer. Some of you do it very well. But none of you are revolutionaries. You are brewers." A definition of 'craft' beer.
    —Via YFGF.

  • 16 October 2015
    'Selling in' rather than 'selling out.' Seattle 'craft' and imported beer pioneer, Charles Finkel, sells stock in his Pike Place Brewing back to key employees.
    —Via Brewbound.

  • 14 October 2015
    What President Jimmy Carter did on 14 October 1978 that would change homebrewing in America, and eventually 'craft' beer.
    —Via YFGF.

  • 14 October 2015
    Three analyses of Anheuser-Busch InBev's proposed purchase of SABMiller.
    • Nate Micklos — who was the brand manager for Pacifico during the Anheuser-Busch InBev purchase of Grupo Modelo in 2014— examines the deal three ways: portfolio, distribution, impact upon the drinker.
      —Via Good Beer Hunting.
    • The biggest loser from ABIB-SABMiller merger may be the Brewers Association. Not craft beer. [...] Having spent thirty-plus years teaching entrepreneurs how to start and succeed as a brewer, the Brewers Association now must watch as many of its own decamp craft in favor of deep-pocketed investors with better access to distribution.
      —Via historian Maureen Ogle.
    • I’m asking you to simply remove all the corporate beers, the mass-produced, cynical, watery pablum beers from foreign conglomerates, from your worldview. Ignore the entire end of your grocery store cooler that’s devoted to the idea that we’re all the same and that we value repetition and sameness over choices and variety.
      —Via Steve Body, at A Pour Fool.

  • 14 October 2015
    Will Oregon's Deschutes Brewing pick Roanoke, Virginia, for the East Coast location of its new brewing plant?
    —Via Daily Progress.

  • 13 October 2015
    Researchers find white wine higher in antioxidants than red wine, and beneficial in weight loss and anti-aging effects.
    —Via Washington Post.


  • 13 October 2015
    Recipe for Beer-Cheese Soup.
    —Via Food Network.

  • 13 October 2015
    Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewing company (at 350,241,009 barrels annual production, 21% of total world volume) has become even larger, purchasing number two SABMiller (at 160,037,133 barrels, 9.6%) for $104 billion dollars. Pending details to be worked out, a vote by stockholders, and governmental antitrust hurdles to cleared.
    —Via YFGF.

  • 13 October 2015
    Organizers of the greater Baltimore, Maryland, metropolitan area's annual Baltimore Beer Week celebration create the Baltimore Beer Legends Hall of Fame. Inductees to be added every year in October.
    —Via YFGF.


  • 13 October 2015
    The myth of the IPA shipwreck off the coast of Liverpool may be true after all. But in 1839, not a decade earlier as had long mis-reported. Its impact upon the popularity of IPA remains in doubt.
    —Via Martyn Cornell, at Zythophile.

  • 12 October 2015
    Despite the beer-hegemony of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, there are nations in the world where locally-produced beers outsell the conglomerates' brands.
    —Via Bloomberg.

  • 12 October 2015
    A 'craft' beer changing of the guard. Kurt Widmer, co-founder Widmer Brewing in 1984, to retire. Younger brother, Rob, to remain at Craft Brewers Alliance (founded in 2008 as merger between Widmer and Redhook).
    —Via Jay Brooks, at Brookston Beer Bulletin.

  • 11 October 2015
    In the September/October 2015 sales and marketing issue of The New Brewer —the trade magazine of the (U.S.) Brewers Association— a piece on training wait-staff for brewery taprooms describes 'baby boomers' (Americans born during the demographic post–World War II population boom between the years 1946 and 1964) as ... "vintage customers." Really? Do they improve with age?
    —Via New Brewer.

  • 11 October 2015
    How the western U.S. drought is affecting some California breweries.
    —Via AP.

  • 11 October 2015
    A health and safety report conducted in July 2015 by the National Science Foundation uncovered that the McMurdo Station and the South Pole Station both have a widespread alcohol problem. The report also found that researchers were brewing their own beer, which is against policy.
    —Via IFL Science.

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  • Clamps and Gaskets is a bi-weekly wrap-up of stories  not posted at Yours For Good Fermentables.com. Most deal with beer (or wine, or whisky); some do not.
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