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March 22, 2013

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Weekly Beer News Round Up

All the beer news that’s fit to reprint.
by Eddie Glick

I like my beer like my women: pale, strong, full-bodied, and extremely bitter.
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Now that everyone has recoverd from Scotchtoberfest, here’s what you missed in the beer world while you were sleeping off that bender:

Bang Go The Bell’s

No, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t go ten years without a reference to Babylon A.D. If you need to click that link to know what I’m talking about, you are a cultural dullard. But no need to fret, because Bell’s Brewery is in good hands, or at least eccentric hands, as Larry Bell confirmed that full ownership of the rapidly growing company was transferred to the Bell’s family. Then he promptly announced a massive list of capital improvements and expansion plans.

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Mississippi, Welcome To The 21st Century

It’s only been more than 30 years since Jimmy Carter federally legalized home brewing, so it’s not much of a surprise that Mississippi is only now culturally catching up with the rest of America. The lone state to still outlaw home brewing is Alabama, the same state that’s trying to pass legislation letting every government entity publicly display the Ten fucking Commandments. What a shock, since religious zealotry and neo-prohibitionism go hand in hand.

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Kick. (Frog). Ass. In A Good Way

Hoppin’ Frog, the Ohio brewery kicking out extreme brews solely in bombers, announced plans for not just a tasting room, but a bar featuring their own beers alongside a world class tap list of guest offerings. Head brewer and owner Fred Karm put it thusly: “I’m hoping to rival some of the best beer lists in the area, if not in America.” Make no small plans, Fred, and keep brewing great beer.

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Banner Headline Of The New York Times: BEER IS AWESOME!

Actually, I made that one up, but the Times did run an opinion piece about how beer was and is an integral part of human civilization. Unlike most of the “beer is food” theories, the angle here is that alcohol provided a temporary release from the stringent rules of society that, while keeping our ancestors alive, made them grade A sticks in the mud when it came to the arts and innovation. Interesting read.

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Local News Team Thinks Beer Is Awesome

Um … I kind of made that headline up, too. I guess so many of these “news” outlets “breaking” the story that beer is good for you is starting to get a little mundane, so I spruced up the headline a bit. I shoulda been a copywriter. If only I could’ve hacked journalism school …

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The Chicago Beer Scene Goes Boom

This is a fascinating read: The Chicago Reader conducts an instant message interview with Metropolitan Brewing’s Jess Straka and former Goose Island brewer (and head of the new Off Color Brewing) John Laffler about the new wave of craft beer inundating Chicago. Includes some great observations, like how even a city the size of Chicago can’t sustain the massive number of breweries opening in the area, and the schadenfreude over the dumbass lawsuit claiming Budweiser is watered down is actually a bad thing for craft brewers.

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Drinkin’ And Thinkin’

Beer Dorks News

Want to know how healthy the craft beer industry is? As always, look to Portland. Craft pioneer Bridgeport announces sudden closure, adding to a growing list of PDX casualties.
Did Anheuser-Busch Chicago offer their shit beer to Cody Parkey before his missed field goal? Because that may explain why he "accidentally" biffed it.
Chicago now has the most breweries of any city in the country. Other things Chicago has the most of: murders, mobsters, and Ditkas.
Trying to spin it positive, BA releases end of year graphic. Only 5% growth in the craft sector when nearly 1000 new breweries opened? That's a collapse waiting to happen.
R.I.P. Tallgrass... another casualty as the regional/national craft beer market continues to get squeezed.
Wait... Constellation Brands cut all of the Ballast Point and Funky Buddha sales staff? They merged it with their Corona/Modelo staff?? We're SHOCKED!!!
Pizza Beer founder crying about failure of company, blames everyone else. Reminder, the beer tasted like vomit. Try having better ideas or making better products so you're not a failure.
It's Bud Light so doesn't really matter, but we expect this beer to be sitting around for awhile.
Indiana brewery to open with controversial beer names to "get the conversation going". Translation: taking advantage of serious issues for free publicity.
Hundreds of amazing beers in Wisconsin and the Cubs took back the one everyone drinks just because it exists and people have heard of it. How fitting...