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|Stale Beer Turns Into Gin
With Japan's bars and restaurants largely empty during the coronavirus pandemic, craft beer
consumption dried up and left owners needing a near-miracle to stop them from having to pour their
valuable stocks down the drain. That was when a long-established microbrewery northeast of Tokyo
came to the rescue discovering a technique to turn soon-to-expire craft beer into gin. Yes, gin.
The project, cleverly dubbed "Save Beer Spirits," was launched by Kiuchi Brewery Inc. in Naka, Ibaraki
Kiuchi collects the craft beer in kegs from liquor shops, bars and restaurants and puts it through the
required two-stage distillation process before converting it into gin. After bottling for distribution, the
products are returned, with the business owners only required to pay for delivery.Since gin is distilled
like other spirits, such as vodka and whiskey, it has no expiry date. Kiuchi discovered that its processes
and technology could be applied to the gin-making process as they are similar to those it uses to make
plum wine from distilled beer. The company believed it could bring a whole new twist to enjoying the
flavor of gin because it could add the distinctive aroma delivered by the beers' hops, malt, and yeast.
To raise capital, the company utilized Japan's liquor tax law, which allows it to get a refund from the
government of 220 yen per liter of beer brought in to generate funds for
|Brewery Needs Chief Hiking Officer
A brewing company in Virginia is offering to sponsor one lucky fan to become its “Chief Hiking Officer.”
This position will include hiking the Appalachian Trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine. Also, the CHO
will attend several “beer parties” along the way, because there’s nothing like walking across 14 states
and covering 2,200 miles twithout needed to chug a few cold ones. Devils Backbone Brewing, a brewery
located near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, is the sponsor. The brewery says it will outfit the CHO
with gear and fly them to the trailhead (it doesn’t specify if this will be in Georgia or Maine). The will hold
“some big ol’ beer parties along the way” . The position comes with a $20,000 stipend. Devils Back-Bone
estimates it will take five-to-seven months to complete the assignment, which starts next year.
Boom Times For Recyclers
Thanks to high beer and alcohol sales COVID-19 has made it boom times for bottle recyclers especially
in th e10 states that require consumers to pay a deposit on bottles and cans, which can be redeemed
when they are brought back. .With many supermarkets shuttering their bottle return bins, people are
seeking out specialized redemption centers and beverage stores to cash in on their empties. At the
same time, however, there are worries that far more empty beer cans, soda bottles and other returnable
containers are lying around gathering dust or heading to landfills than is usually the case since the
pandemic shutdown has led to lots of stockpiling or simply discarding of empties.
|“At fourteen or fifteen, I decided to earn my living when I grew up playing drums made
from wooden beer kegs and leading a group called Keg Brando and His Kegliners." .
" Polish people have a wit and sarcasm. They're gentle but still very strong. Like, they
love beer, it's so manly, but they'll put a spoonful of jam in it to sweeten it up."
"By polluting clear water with slime you will never find good water for brewing.”.
“In Canada, it's beer, hockey, and then everything else.”
Now don't say you can't swear off drinking beer; it's easy.
I've done it a thousand times.”.
W. C. Fields
"There are some sluggish men who are improved by drinking ale;
as there are fruits that are not good until they are ripe."
“The piano has been drinking beer, not me..”
"V've stopped drinking beer, but only while I'm asleep."
"Don't drink in the hotel bar, that's where I do my drinking."
Casey Stengel (Yankee Manager)
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