Celebrate With Beer

A 103-year-old Massachusetts woman who
recovered from Covid-19 celebrated with a favorite
drink -- a cold beer.  When Jennie Stejna tested
positive for coronavirus in late April, her family
began preparing for the worst, granddaughter
Shelley Gunn said. At one point, her family was told
that Stejna had stopped eating and drinking and
might not make it through the night.  But instead  
she tested negative, and was symptom-free.
The nurses came into her room, and she said, "I'm
not sick anymore, Get the hell out,'" The nursing
home staff honored Stejna's perseverance with one
of her favorite treats -- an ice-cold Bud Light beer.

Vote For Beer In Nov.

The MA state’s highest court ruled that the state's
Attorney General was correct to certify a proposed
ballot question allowing more stores to sell beer and
wine, clearing the way for the issue to go before
voters in November. Store Association had argued
and ruled that the question passes legal muster.
First Dry-Hopped Cheese

Beer and cheese have a long history together —
as perfect companions on the table and as the dual
objects of devoted labor by Belgian monks  Some
of the world’s greatest cheeses also involve
combining the two products.  But something new
has just been created by a trio of Pennsylvania
food icons - the world’s first “dry-hopped” cheese!
Perpetual Beer Cheese is a collaboration between
Caputo Brothers Creamery, Tröegs Independent
Brewing, and the Giant food stores chain.  They
are infusing hops into warm pasteurized milk like a
giant tea bag. In this case, it’s the same Citra hops
used in Tröegs’ popular Perpetual IPA, and the
result is pretty remarkable. The semi-firm Fontina-
like cheese melts slowly across the palate and
blooms like a mouthful of sunshine, a zesty blend
of lime and grapefruit citrus with notes of green
melon and more tropical fruits.

It is the first product to dry-hop the milk before
making the cheese. Ryan Caputo, the president
and cofounder of the creamery, an artisan
mozzarella producer said. “Keeping this cheese
from becoming too bitter was a monumental task.”
July 2020

A brewing company called Neshaminy Creek in Pennsylvania has created what
they call Hop Dog beer.It’s an ale that was brewed with hot dogs!Each can contains
5.5% alcohol and costs around $8.

Colorado’s Craft Alley in CO  is the nation's first crowler beer subscription service.
Fresh cowlers can be delivered on a recurring basis (weekly, every two weeks or
monthly) You can select the beers or just let their sophisticated  algorithm do it
based on your taste profile.
Breweries have discovered that curbside pick-up and deliver are incredibly popular
with customers  and may keep the systems in place for the future. In a survey of
more than 700 breweries 35 percent were interested in keeping some sort of
curbside pickup available even after their tasting rooms re-open, while more than
21 percent said they’d be interested in continuing delivery.
A beer label designer is hitting 48 breweries in 48 states in 48 weeks to drum up
business. Artist Heidi Geist hopes many of the breweries will cash in on the publicity
generated by her trek and purchase commemorative labels.
Total beer sales, which include flavored malt beverages, seltzer, and cider, rose 20
percent so far during the shutdown. That compares to wine sales, which are up 30
percent and spirits which jumped by 34 percent in that time frame,
Edited by Jim Attacap
Beer Scarcity In Mexico Continues

IBeer has become such a rare commodity in Mexico that when it becomes available, police
officers have to be called in to control crowds.It happened at a VIP Supermarket in one
Tijuana neighborhood. The minute word got out that it had beer, people rushed to the store
and lined up. Almost immediately police officers showed up to keep peace and order.

Ever since Mexico ruled beer as non-essential during the COVID-19 crisis, breweries
southof the border ceased operations and beer became scarce before stores completely
ran out of it.“I’m in heaven, can’t remember the last time I had a beer,” said Alexis
Gonzalez, who was able to buy a 12-pack of Bud Light. Right now, only American brands and
specialty beers are being sold, but even these have become an ice-cold hot commodity in
stores.“I get it from the other side of the border,” Christian Maciel said.

Beer prices have doubled and in some cases tripled in Tijuana since last month. Some
stores require a minimum purchase of 100 pesos or about $5 before allowing customers
to buy beer one 12-pack at at time.  When people line up for beer, police officers are also
asked to enforce COVID-19 safety measures such as social distancing. In one case outside
the VIP Market, a man was run out of the line for not having a face covering. “You got
money for beer but not for a face mask,” screamed the officer.There is no word on when
Mexican breweries will be allowed to start producing beer once again.“It’s really expensive
and really difficult to find, but worth the splurge,” Gonzalez said.