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Monday, November 28, 2016

Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 45/46, 2016.

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

Weeks 45/46
6 November - 19 November 2016

  • 18 November 2016
    The 2016 hop harvest in Washington State 2016 is reported to have increased 16% over last year; the state is now the world's largest hop producer of hops, even more than the nation of Germany, the former top global producer.
    —Via WSU News.

  • 18 November 2016
    Big-voiced soul-revival singer Sharon Jones dies at 60 of pancreatic cancer.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • Chaos among the kegs
  • 15 November 2016
    Keg loss cost craft brewers in the United States upwards of over $33 million in 2015. [...] The bottom line is, whether you’re an account or a consumer, that keg you cut up amounts to stealing—plain and simple.
    —Via Andy Sparhawk, at [U.S.] Brewers Association.

  • 15 November 2016
    The World Meteorological Organization announced that it expects 2016 to be the hottest year on record, surpassing 2015, which had been the warmest. The average global temperature was 2.16 °F above pre-industrial levels.
    —Via New York Times.

  • 15 November 2016
    Jazz songwriter, singer, and pianist Mose Allison has died, at 89. "He was someone who generated his own joy."
    —Via Associated Press.

  • 15 November 2016
    No free beer tomorrow. Anheuser-Busch cuts off free-beer-for-life benefit for retired workers of its Labatts plants in Canada.
    —Via New York Times.

  • 14 November 2016
    Gwen Ifill, a groundbreaking journalist who covered the White House, Congress, and national campaigns during three decades for The Washington Post, The New York Times, NBC and, most prominently, PBS, has died from complications of uterine cancer She was 61.
    —Via New York Times.

  • Super moon rises through the Georgia brume (03)
  • 14 November 2016
    On Monday (Nov. 14) at 6:15 a.m. EST, the moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2016: a distance of 221,524 miles (356,508 kilometers) away. It will also be a full moon and thus, a so-called 'supermoon, when the full moon occurs as the moon is at its closest point of approach in its orbit around Earth. The full moon won't come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034.
    —Via Space.

  • 12 November 2016
    Anheuser-Busch InBev announces its 2020 Dream Incentive Plan. By the year 2020, the company wants (plans) to nearly double its annual revenue from $55 billion to a cool $100 billion and awarding it top executives $5.4 million apiece if ti is reached. Analysts speculate:
    Having hoovered up many of the big targets in brewing, including its biggest rival, the company may be forced to look further afield to other parts of the drinks industry. A move into soft beverages, which could use the same manufacturing plants, distribution, and suppliers, is the obvious next step. [Anheuser-Busch InBev and Coca-Cola] are a match made in heaven financially. Combine Coke’s annual sales of $45bn to the $55bn InBev makes, and that elusive $100bn is suddenly reached. Who said don’t mix your drinks?
    —Via The Telegraph.

  • 9 November 2016
    Repurposing! A Sunoco ethanol plant in New York state, which was once a Miller brewery, will now also become (in part), a 'craft' beer malting house. When it becomes operational in 2017, the plant will be able to supply more than 2,000 tons of barley malt each year, making it one of the largest suppliers of barley malt to the craft brewing industry in the United States.
    —Via Syracuse.com.

  • 8 November 2016
    Republican Donald Trump defeats Democrat Hillary Clinton; is elected 45th president of the United States.
    —Via NPR.

  • 3.2 beer in 2016
  • 8 November 2016
    Oklahoma voters have voted in favor of State Question 792 (66% to 34%) to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine and "full-strength beer" (defined as beers of not more than 8.99 percent by VOLUME). The measure goes into effect in 2018. Colorado already plans to do away with 3.2 beer in 2019. Will AB InBev, Pabst, etc., even continue to make 3.2 beer for the three remaining states —Utah, Kansas, and Minnesota— that restrict higher alcohol beer under varying circumstances?
    —Via YFGF.

  • 7 November 2016
    Leonard Cohen, a Canadian-born poet, songwriter and singer, whose lyrics explored themes of love, faith, death and philosophical longing, and whose song “Hallelujah” became a celebratory anthem recorded by hundreds of artists, has died at age 82.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 7 November 2016
    Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as attorney general of the United States, has died at 78, from complications of Parkinson's disease.
    —Via NPR.
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