Monday, August 01, 2016

Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 27/28, 2016.

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

Weeks 25/26
3 - 16 July 2016

  • 14 July 2016
    Death toll climbs to 84 after Tunisian-born terrorist careens truck through Bastille Day revelers in Nice, France.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 14 July 2016
    Private equity firm VMG invests $89.5 million in a recently formed limited partnership with California's Stone Brewing called VMG Stone Brewing Coinvestment.
    —Via Brewbound.

  • 14 July 2016
    Even 'craft' breweries have become Pokémon Go 'gyms'.
    —Via All About Beer.

  • 14 July 2016
    Changes in Massachusetts beer franchise laws might be early warning for wholesalers throughout the nation.
    The [distribution] beer market is in flux and there could be seismic changes coming.
    —Via Beervana.

  • 13 July 2016
    Ninety percent of the alfalfa, cotton, corn, soy, papaya, sugar beet, zucchini, and summer squash crop in the United States is genetically-modified.
    —Via Bloomberg.

  • Brewers Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (02)
  • 12 July 2016
    Beer industry leaders including Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, HeinekenUSA, Constellation Brands Beer Division, North American Breweries and Craft Brew Alliance —which account for more than 81% of the volume of beer sold in the United States— have agreed to voluntary disclosure of calorie, carbohydrate, protein, fat, ABV/W, ingredients, AND freshness on beer bottles, cans, and packages.
    —Via Beer Institute.

  • 8 July 2016
    He was manning the ramparts when the craftbeer revolution began. Steve Dresler, thirty-year-plus brewmaster for Sierra Nevada Brewing, to retire.
    —Via All About Beer.

  • 8 July 2016
    After four decades in the beer business, a 'craft' beer distributor retires in northern Virginia.
    —Via YFGF.

  • 8 July 2016
    California's Stone Brewing release its first east coast-brewed beers, at its Richmond, Virginia plant.
    —Via Richmond Times-Dispatch.

  • Casey pulls a pint (01)
  • 6 July 2016
    The 100 best beer bars in America.
    A [beer] bar can have thousands of white whales in a building as glorious as the Taj Mahal, but shitty service is a deal breaker.
    —Via Draft Magazine.

  • 6 July 2016
    The United States is now the world's largest hop producer, at 21,556 hectares, up 16.7 percent over 2015.
    —Via hop broker Barth-Haas, at Appellation Beer.

  • 4 July 2016
    By Jove! NASA's Juno probe achieves orbit around the planet Jupiter, after a five-year, 1.7 billion mile voyage from Earth, only the second spacecraft to orbit Jupiter and the first solar powered craft to do so.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 3 July 2016
    Craft brewing growth slowed from 18 percent to 13 percent from 2014 to 2015, but that wasn’t a huge concern for the industry since the absolute growth of the industry was still very large. It’s only natural that as craft gets a larger and larger base, growth rates will slow.
    —Via economist Bart Watson, at [U.S.] Brewers Association.

  • 4 July 2016
    Pittsburgh ranks number one among "15 best American beer cities for beer lovers," according to real estate brokerage firm Redfin.
    —Via YFGF.

  • 4 July 2016
    Freedom House reports that the number of countries showing a decline in freedom for the year —72— was the largest since the 10-year slide began. Just 43 countries made gains.
    —Via Marginal Revolution.

  • Brewster Kerry Thomas
  • 3 July 2016
    • A 'craft' brewster returns to work after recovering from second and third-degree burns over thirty percent of her body.
      —Via Idaho Statesman.
    • Reports to the government of injuries suffered during brewing have increased from 160 in 2011 to 530 in 2014.
      —Via All About Beer.
  • 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.
  • Today's edition of Clamps & Gaskets is one week late. My editor is not pleased.
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