Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 9/10, 2016.

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

Weeks 9/10
28 February - 12 March 2016

  • 10 March 2016
    The state of Georgia to allow brewpubs (not production breweries) to sell growlers. Mississippi now only state in the United States to forbid the practice at both production breweries and brewpubs.
    —Via Beer Guys Radio.

  • 9 March 2016
    Alcohol-beverage maker Constellation Brands (based in New York state) recalls some batches of Corona Extra bottles because of possibility of glass particles. Second recall for the Mexican beer brand in the past two years.
    —Via Fortune Magazine.

  • 9 March 2016
    A professor at Virginia State University believes that Southern Brewer hops from South Africa would grow well in the humid climate of Virginia (and thus, by extension, southeastern United States].
    —Via Richmond Style Weekly.

  • 9 March 2016
    "The 5th Beatle," Sir George Martin, the music producer who signed The Beatles in 1962, has died at age 90.
    —Via NPR.

  • 9 March 2016
    The U.S. 'craft' beer industry as a whole used over half a million tons of US barley in 2014 and if (or when) craft beer reaches a 20% market share, annual consumption will pass 1 million tons of barley. Current opinion in the industry is that this will happen by 2020.
    —Via Total Ales.

  • 7 March 2016
    All eight major MillerCoors breweries in U.S. have achieved 99.8% landfill-free waste. Its Trenton, New Jersey, brewery has reduced its water usage by about 18 percent since 2011. In 2016, it is targeting an average 2.97 barrels of water used to make one barrel of beer, which is below the MillerCoors average, and below the average of 'craft' beer.
    —Via Dayton Daily News.

  • 6 March 2016
    Ray Tomlinson, the creator of email (in 1971), has died at age 74.
    —Via CNN.

  • 6 March 2016
    Peyton Manning, one of NFL professional football's all-time great quarterbacks, retires.
    —Via Bleacher Report.

  • 6 March 2016
    The case of the Apple iPhone (and the 4th amendment) vs. the FBI (and terrorists).
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 6 March 2016
    “Wine people call it terroir. We call it flavor of the field.” In 2010, there were five small-scale 'craft' maltsters in the United States; in 2016, thirty-six, with fifty more in planning.
    —Via Watertown Daily Times.

  • 3 March 2016
    After presidential debate in which penis size was discussed, we also know that Donald Trump owns a winery: Trump Winery, in Virginia.
    —Via Variety.

  • 3 March 2016
    What did astronaut Scott Kelly want after his U.S.-record setting one-year in space? Apple pie and beer.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 3 March 2016
    Statue of Frederic Lauer, in Reading, Pennsylvania, vandalized. 19th century U.S. brewing pioneer; first president of the United States Brewers Association. The current [U.S.] Brewers Association contributes to restoration effort.
    —Via Brewers Association.

  • 2 March 2016
    One of the hottest and driest places on Earth, Death Valley, California, has wildflower blooms every year, but an unusual series of storms in October 2015 has triggered what some call a “super bloom” of yellow, pink and purple wildflowers, in early March 2016. This is the biggest bloom Death Valley has seen in a decade.
    —Via National Geographic.

  • 1 March 2016
    American IPAs are evolving from hop bitterness predominance toward emphasis on hop flavor and aroma emphasis.
    —Via Jeff Alworth at Beervana.

  • 1 March 2016
    British beer writer, Mark Dredge, identifies eleven styles of American IPA.
    —Via YFGF.

  • 1 March 2016
    'Craft' breweries are appending a new style moniker to murky hoppy ales: New England-style IPA. [Or should that be New England Hop Chowder?]
    —Via Westword.

  • 29 February 2016
    Napa Valley grapevine budbreak is twenty-one days ahead of normal this year, the earliest ever for the wine industry there. Global warming?
    —Via The Gray Report.

  • 29 February 2016
    Pumpkin beer sales go flat in 2015; leftovers lingering on shelves through 2016.
    —Via Forbes.

  • 29 February 2016
    Twenty years ago Anheuser-Busch put craft beer in a "100% share of mind" distribution vise. The trend may be repeating, as its successor, Anheuser-Busch InBev, buys distributors and 'craft' breweries.
    —Via Tom Acitelli at All About Beer.

  • Beer & Food Course
  • 28 February 2016
    The [U.S.] Brewers Association released its Professional Beer & Food Course as a free download: an introduction to the beverage of 'craft' beer, pairing beer with food, and how to pour and present beer at the table.
    —Via Craft Beer.

  • 28 February 2016
    Four years after liquor privatization in Washington state: greater availability but higher prices, fewer choices, and inducements for large chain stores.
    —Via The Columbian.

  • 28 February 2016
    As brewery taprooms thrive, restaurants and bars wonder why breweries receive easier regulatory treatment and lower fees.
    —Via Portland Press Herald.
  • 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.
  • Clamps & Gaskets is to be posted on Mondays; today is Tuesday. I was tardy; \my editor was not pleased.
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