Blue Point, ranked among the top-50
craft brewing companies in the country
by the Brewers Association, produces
more than 40 beers and its sales,
currently concentrated on the East
Coast is being sold to Anheuser-
Busch, Blue Point will not be the only
craft brewer in Anheuser-Busch's
portfolio. Among other craft beers it
owns, the company purchased
Chicago's Goose Island brand in 2011.
Following the Goose Island sale, Blue
Point poked fun at craft brewers being
sold to major corporations by posting
an April Fool's joke on its website
saying the company was being sold to
MillerCoors. In it, Cotter jokes that Blue
Point would soon begin producing a BP
Lite Lime IPA. The last line of the joke
reads: "Everyone at Blue Point Brewing
Company would like you to have a
happy April Fools' Day! Blue Point
owned with no corporate ties. Ever."
Can Beer Change Your DNA?
Coffee and beer are polar opposites in the beverage world. Coffee picks you up, and beer winds
you down. Now Prof. Martin Kupiec and his team at Tel Aviv University's Department of Molecular
Microbiology and Biotechnology have discovered that the beverages may also have opposite
effects on your genome. Working with a kind of yeast that shares many important genetic
similarities with humans, the researchers found that caffeine shortens and alcohol lengthens
telomeres — the end points of chromosomal DNA, implicated in aging and cancer.
Telomeres, made of DNA and proteins, mark the ends of the strands of DNA in our chromosomes.
They are essential to ensuring that the DNA strands are repaired and copied correctly. Every time
a cell duplicates, the chromosomes are copied into the new cell with slightly shorter telomeres.
Eventually, the telomeres become too short, and the cell dies. Only fetal and cancer cells have
mechanisms to avoid this fate; they go on reproducing forever. The researchers grew yeast cells in
conditions that generate free radicals to test the effect on telomere length. They were surprised to
find that the length did not change. They went on to expose the yeast cells to 12 other
environmental stressors. Most of the stressors — from temperature and pH changes to various
drugs and chemicals — had no effect on telomere length. But a low concentration of caffeine,
similar to the amount found in a shot of espresso, shortened telomeres, and exposure to
a 5-to-7 percent ethanol solution lengthened telomeres.
More laboratory work is needed to prove a causal relationship, not a mere correlation,
between telomere length and aging or cancer, the researchers say. Only then will they
know whether human telomeres respond to the same signals as yeast, potentially leading
to medical treatments and dietary guidelines. For now, Prof. Kupiec suggests, "Try to
relax and drink a little coffee and a little beer."
the crossroads of the beer world
Anchor Joins IPA Bandwagon
Truth be told, Anchor Brewing actually
introduced one of the very first American
IPAs, Liberty Ale, in 1975 and has been
selling it ever since. But with consumer
recognition for products that more directly display
IPA in their names at an all time high, Keith
Greggor, Anchor’s CEO, decided that it was time
to launch a product that would catch drinkers’
attention. So, this month, Anchor will unleash
Anchor IPA. While its products are sold in all 50
states and in 20 different countries, the IPA rollout
will follow a similar strategy to last year’s release
of California Lager. The company plans to gauge
initial consumer reaction to Anchor IPA in CA.
Many brewers and distillers maximize their profit
potential and reduce their biological waste output
by selling their spent grains to farmers for
livestock animal feed. This has recently been
subject to potential regulation by the federal
government. This FDA rule could regulate
breweries, distilleries and ethanol plants as
“animal feed producers meaning they would then
have to follow a set of stringent regulations.