Poisoned Beer Investigation

An investigation by police in  Brazil has found the
contamination of beer which killed seven people and
sent 30 to intensive care was an accident likely
caused by a manufacturing defect. They were  
poisoned by diethylene glycol after drinking beer
from the Backer brewery Police found a leak in a
tank..Eleven people linked to the company were
indicted  but deliberate contamination was ruled out.

Overal 53 batches had the presence of diethylene
glycol or ethylene glycol .Backer Brewing Company
officials claimed it never bought diethylene glycol but
did use mono ethylene glycol in the production
process. A supplier in São Paulo is believed to have
added diethylene to mono ethylene glycol. A hole
allowed the coolant liquid circulating in an external
system to mix with the drink inside the container.
Earlier this year, the Brazilian Health Regulatory
Agency (Anvisa) provisionally banned all Backer
beers across the country. The Três Lobos
production site in Belo Horizonte was closed and the
company laid off 50 people with another 150 on
stand-by as it intends to shortly resume activities.
Multiple law suites are expected but the company
has been know to have abundant political influence.
No Beer beer?

Roy Farms, the world's largest independent
brewery-direct hop farm, has launched an all-new
craft beer brand called No Beer™. This first-ever
brew doesn't deliver on great taste or a hoppy
flavor, but instead recognizes the people who work
at hop farms around the world. No Beer cans are
completely empty to put the emphasis on the
brand's purpose. Roy Farms is based in Moxee,
Washington,  Hop farming go deep into the soil of
the Yakima Valley — 113 years back, to be exact.
Enjoy the official No Beer beer
video HERE

Dixie Brewing Gone

New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle
Benson announced that the process to change the
name of Dixie Brewing is now underway.  The
franchise owner said the company will reflect on its
role to make New Orleans, and the country, more
united. “We look forward to listening, learning and
making sure that our brewery fulfills its promise of
uniting, inspiring and leading all in our community,"
Benson said. Benson bought the brand in 2017
Dixie has been brewing since 1907 making it one of
the longest working breweries in the US.
August 2020
Guinness Nurtures Christmas Trees

When bars shut in Ireland, Guinness offered to recollect unused kegs from pub
owners. From there the beer is decanted, and dispersed to a number of
environmentally sustainable routes. The vast majority of the beer goes to willow
and Christmas tree plantations; it’s used as nutrients in those farms. To date
Guinness Guinness has picked up hundreds of thousands of unused kegs.  Also, a
large portion of the extra beer went towards producing a bio-gas that the brewery is
planning to continue using in the long-run. The company also used some of it for
composting, so really, could Guinness be any more perfect right now?

Bad News / Good News

American beer companies have shipped nearly 1.9 million fewer barrels of beer this
year compared to 2019, according to figures from the Washington D.C. trade group
the Beer Institute.  There were  steep drop over the last two months that show how
tough it has become for brewers to hit volume targets while bars, restaurants and
other on-premise venues have been forced to close or operate at reduced capacity
levels. And as if the loss of sales wasn’t enough, buying back out of code kegs cost
brewers thousands of dollars.  On the other hand volume sales of beer at large
grocery, convenience and club stores are booming. Category-wide volume sales
are up 13.6% year-to-date.  Much of the current off-premise growth is being driven
by sales of f hard seltzer — which are up 88.7% year-to-date,.

Beer Back On Delta

Delta Air Lines has restored wine and beer service for most of its domestic flights.
The move comes three months after Delta eliminated alcohol from flights as the
coronavirus surged. Flight attendants will now deliver your beer via serving trays,
which eliminate points of contact between themselves and customers. Beer is
different and easier than mixed drinks, which involves mixing and stirring and often
adding fruit or other ingredients by hand.

3.2 Beer Now Only In One State

Minnesota is the only state left still restricting beer sales at grocery and
convenience stores to those with 3.2 percent alcohol. Why ?Many “light” beers
would meet Minnesota’s 3.2 statute, which uses the old-fashioned “alcohol by
weight” measurement. Using the more modern “alcohol by volume” measure, a
so-called 3.2 beer is actually about 4 percent. Even lower are low-alcohol brews
like Amstel Light or Miller 64.The 3.2 beers specially made for grocery stores are a
dying breed: Some brewers have dropped them altogether.

So why 3.2, and not some other low number?The answer goes back to Prohibition’s
repeal.When popular support for prohibition dried up, politicians realized it might
take years to undo the 18th amendment, so they looked for a shortcut. Prohibition
outlawed “intoxicating liquor,” but it didn’t mention alcohol content. After hearing
expert testimony from one T.C. Haffenreffer of Boston, who said 3.2 was the
number brewers could hit and still make non-intoxicating beer, Congress acted and,
well, here we are. Efforts to overturn the 3.2 restrictions have been opposed by
liquor stores and groups like the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association.