More Info Than You Need?

Don't want to be confronted with the number of
calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then
avoid the menu and order at the bar. New
menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug
Administration will require chain restaurants
with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of
calories in alcoholic drinks by next November.
But the rules don't apply to drinks ordered
at the bar or any drinks that aren't listed
on the main menu.

The wine list will also be guilt-free - individual
calorie amounts aren't required there either. .
Also, wines containing 14% or more ABV must
list alcohol content. Wines that are 7 to 14 %
may list alcohol content on the label; beers must
list calorie and carbohydrate content. Liquor
must list percent alcohol content and may also
list proof.  Wine, beer and liquor manufacturers
don't have to list ingredients but must list
substances people might be sensitive to, such as
sulfites, certain food colorings and aspartame.

Coffee Out Spills Beer

A glass of beer is less likely to spill than the same glass filled with coffee because
bubbles cause friction that prevent it from sloshing, a study has found. Just like a collection
of tiny shock absorbers, liquid foam reduces movement by absorbing energy and the thicker
the foam, the greater the effect - so if you've a long walk from the bar Guinness may be
your best bet, physicists at Princeton University have found.

Professor Alban Sauret, who led the study said:” the foam thickness reaches a certain
value, the damping is so strong that the surface of the liquid barely moves upon impact.
So an impact that would make your coffee spill barely disturbs the surface of the beer.
This is due to liquid friction when the bubbles rub against the walls of the container.”

The physicists simulated walking with a drink in their hand and suddenly stopping by setting
up a mechanical plate in a laboratory. They poured freshly brewed black coffee, Heineken
and Guinness into three standard pint glasses until they were just over half full and placed
them on the plate. Using a high-speed camera they recorded the wavy motion on the surface
of the drinks. When the mechanical plate jerked, the coffee spilled over the rim of the glass,
yet the Heineken and the Guinness stayed inside - with the Guinness sloshing the least.

The scientists said that, as the waves form and travel, the foam rubs against the walls of
the containers. This rubbing costs a lot of energy, which results in damping. The thicker
the foam, the more energy is absorbed, and the less sloshing occurs. As well as solving
a modern day conundrum, the researchers said their findings could be applied to
industrial applications, such as the transport of liquid as cargo
Feature News  
Edited by Jim Attacap
the crossroads of the beer world
Heineken Dumped

One of the United Kingdom's biggest pub
chains has dropped Heineken products
from its 926 properties in a confrontation
over the Dutch brewer'sdemand to sell products
at higher prices in the Republic of Ireland.
Wetherspoon's has dropped all Heineken-
made products in retaliation for the brewer's
refusal to supply the Forty Foot, a second
Wetherspoon's-owned pub opening near Dublin.
The chain, known in Britain for its cheap prices
and good selection, has spent years trying
to crack the potentially lucrative Irish market
but faces hostility from competition-fearing
local publicans.

Its first suburban Dublin pub opened in July and
has sold Heineken brands, including Irish-made
Murphy's stout, for 40 % less than competitors.
It says Heineken has refused to supply the
Forty Foot unless it substantially raises prices.  
Many drinkers have gone on social
media to support Wetherspoon citing that
competition brings out the best in every
business and eventually leads to lower prices
and higher quality.