Monday, June 12, 2017

Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 21/22, 2017.

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

Weeks 21/22
21 May - 3 June 2017

  • 3 June 2017
    The 'Islamic State' terror group claims responsibility for an attack in London, England, as stabbings, gunshots leave at least 7 dead, 48 injured at London Bridge, Borough Market.
    —Via Daily News.

  • 2 June 2017
    Unannounced in October 2016, Anheuser-Busch InBev purchased a minority stake in RateBeer —a highly regarded web-based crowd-powered beer-rating service— via ZX Ventures, a "global disruptive growth" investment company wholly owned by Anheuser-Busch. Official word, however, only came on 2 June 2017, after the aquisition was discovered by website, Good Beer Hunting.
    —Via Good Beer Hunting.

  • 2 June 2017
    One thousand two hundred members in fifty chapters across ten countries: the Pink Boots Society —women in the 'craft' beer industry— celebrated its 10th anniversary, with a convocation in San Diego, California, 2-3 June.
    —Via LA Times.

  • 1 June 2017
    Trump removes the United States from the Paris Climate Change Accord.
    —Via YFGF.

  • 31 May 2017
    Brewing records and why they matter (and how 'craft' beer might be losing its history).
    I’m wondering right now if a concerted effort could be made by the industry to preserve some brewing logs from early craft brewers in a safe place, like a library or a museum, where researchers in the future could go back and learn about the techniques and ingredients being used today. As difficult as it was to research beers brewed in the 1800s, I sadly suspect that 100 years from now, it might be even harder for historians to research the beers that are being brewed today.
    —Via brewmaster Mitch Steele, at Hop Tripper.

  • 29 May 2017
    Frank Deford —an erudite and witty sports commentator and writer, and an advocate for cerebral palsey research— dies, at 78.
    Now, ladies & gentlemen, boys & girls, children of all ages, I bid you goodbye, and take my leave.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 25 May 2017
    Ice cold beer lacks the exhilarating effect.
    How not to drink beer: advice from Robert Wahl and Arnold Spencer Wahl in 1937.
    —Via YFGF.

  • 24 May 2017
    Maryland Governor Larry Hogan allows 'controversial' House Bill 1283 to become law, but without his signature; notes harm the bill might do to Maryland craft breweries; urges legislature to revise the bill and reform other Maryland beer laws. Nevertheless, Hogan wrote that he was allowing the bill to come law because it would facilitate the plans of international drinks conglomerate Diageo to open a Guinness brewery and visitor center in Baltimore County, "a welcome economic development project."
    —Via Brewers Association of Maryland.

  • 24 May 2017
    To save on the expense and environmental wear-and-tear of beer trucks and kegs, a heavy-metal music festival in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, is installing a temporary underground pipeline to transport 400,000-liters of beer for 75,000 festival-goers. That's over 11 pints per person, in U.S. measure. Headliners to include Alice Cooper, Megadeath, and Marilyn Manson.
    —Via The Local (Stockholm, Sweden).

  • "American Sour Beers" (front cover)
  • 23 May 2017
    Michael Tonsmeire —author of the book, "American Sour Beer: Innovative Tecniques for Mixed Fermentationss"— to co-open a brewery in Maryland, called Sapwood Cellars.
    Expect beers that are balanced, drinkable, and highly aromatic without tongue-scraping bitterness from hops or piercing sourness from mixed-fermentation. Beer should be a pleasure to savor, not a challenge to conquer.
    —Via Tonsmeire, at his blog, The Mad Fermentationist.

  • 23 May 2017
    Southern rocker Gregg Almann dies at 69.
    For decades the frontman of the Allman Brothers Band, a pioneering but conflict-ridden blues-rock collective that modeled its guitar runs on the melodies of Brahms and performed instrumental jams inspired by the improvisational jazz greats Miles Davis and John Coltrane. His vocals bore a rough-edged rasp that Mr. Allman gradually refined into one of the most distinctive sounds in American music: a blend of Tennessee twang, traditional soul and gospel, and a hard-won sense of the blues.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 23 May 2017
    Roger Moore, the "suave British actor best-known for his tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the dashing British spy James Bond in seven films from 1973-1985" (holding that role the longest of its five actors), has died at 89. Moore initially won a following as character Simon Templar on the 1960s British action-romance series “The Saint.” Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for his charitable work for UNICEF, helping to raise more than $90 million for a worldwide campaign to eliminate iodine deficiency.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 23 May 2017
    The good vs. the bad of the big vs. the small whisky distillers: are multinationals good for Scotch whisky? Many in the Scotch whisky industry may find this debate puzzling as there is plenty of respect between the different companies, whatever their size. Yet among consumers there is a growing antipathy towards big corporations.

  • 22 May 2017
    The 'Islamic State' terror group claimed responsibility for a Manchester, U.K. suicide bombing that killed 22 people - including children - and injured at least 59 in an explosion that tore through fans leaving an Ariana Grande pop concert. U.S. President Donald Trump offered condolences, calling the terrorists, "losers."
    —Via Yahoo News.

  • 21 May 2017
    The Federal Communications Commission votes to undo rules protecting net neutrality. Will now allow Internet service providers to block and/or slow down websites for consumers.
    —Via Washington Post.

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