It's a Crowler! ??

A Crowler™ (CAN + growler) is a 32oz.
CAN filled with fresh craft beer from the
source. Yep, draft beer in a portable
growler-sized CAN. It’s an  innovation
from the Oskar Blues Brewery.

Standard glass growlers are often
brought into pubs and tap rooms
without being cleaned correctly, which
affects the taste and cleanliness of the
refill. They also don’t seal well and allow
light in, while the Crowler™ is more
portable and takes advantage by
eliminating light-struck or skunky beer.

The Crowler™ is  one-use and
recyclable.  It is filled and seamed right
at the bar  This is a tabletop design
commonly used for canning homemade
food. To fill, the can first goes to a CO2
purge station to assure no degrading
oxygen is added.  Then it's immediately
filled. Then the lid is applied and the
CROWLER™ is placed onto the
seamer pedestal.  

Drink To Forget

Middle-aged men risk a faster mental decline as they age if they've been drinking heavily for
years, new research suggests. The study of about 5,000 British civil servants found that over
a decade, the added decline was the equivalent of about two extra years of aging for a
combined measure of mental abilities like reasoning, and about six years for memory. The
heavy drinkers' abilities were compared to those of men who drank moderately or abstained.

It's no surprise that heavy alcohol consumption can affect the brain, but the study focuses on an
age range that has received much less attention from alcohol researchers than the elderly and
college students. Researchers found no such effect in women, but the study included too few
female heavy drinkers to test the effect of drinking the same amount as in men. It was not possible
to identify a specific minimum level of consumption at which the risk begins in men.

The study used data from over 20 years. Using questionnaires, researchers calculated the men's
average daily intake of alcohol for the decade up to when they were an average of 56 years old.
Then, they tracked decline in mental abilities over the following decade from tests administered
every five years. Accelerated decline was seen for the heaviest-drinking group, which included 469
men with a wide range of alcohol intake. The minimum amount was the equivalent of about 13
ounces of wine a day or about 30 ounces of beer. The maximum was about three times that.

It should be noted that while the study showed a link between drinking and faster mental decline it
did not proove that alcohol intake was responsible. Also,the extra declines in performance may be
too subtle to make a difference in daily life though the difference might eventually be noticeable.
Feature News  
Edited by Jim Attacap
the crossroads of the beer world
As You Drink So You Vote

Conservatives prefer Wild Turkey and
liberals prefer Grey Goose vodka,says a
report from the National Media Research Center.
But is there a correlation between a person’s
politics and the beer they drink? The answer
seems to be yes. The researchers found that  
Miller Lite, Coors Light and any low alcohol beer
lean Republican.  Meanwhile, Rolling Rock,
Milwaukee’s Best, Miller High Life and various
microbrews  tend to lean to the left.

The study also showed that beer drinkers are far
less likely to show up to the polls than wine
drinkers are. Oenophiles who prefer Cabernet
Sauvignon are more likely to vote Republican,
while Sauvignon blanc drinkers are mainly
Democratic voters. Whiskey fans tend to vote
conservative — but whiskey types usually
indicate whether a person will vote at all.
Fans of Canadian whiskey, for example, tend to
vote occasionally. Bourbon drinkers tend not
to vote at all.The single malt lover? They vote
and they vote often.