Ben & Jerry’s apologizes
for ‘Black & Tan’

Ice cream makers Ben & Jerry’s
have apologized for causing offense
by calling a new flavor “Black & Tan”
- the nickname of a notoriously
violent British militia that operated
during Ireland’s war of
independence.

The ice cream, available only in the
United States, is based on an ale and
stout drink of the same name.
“Any reference on our part to the
British Army unit was absolutely
unintentional and no ill-will was ever
intended,” said a Ben & Jerry’s
spokesman.  This is why you should
remember that if you order a drink
mixing stout and an lighter colored
ale in Ireland to ask for a
“half and half.”

Bass/Guinness combination is called
a Black & Tan, while the Harp
/Guinness combination is called a
Half-and-Half.
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What's in there?

The European Union is forcing beer
and wine makers to reveal the
chemicals used in their drinks
beginning next month. Common
chemicals used include beta
glucanase, which is used to speed
the brewing processr and propylene
glycol alginate, which helps beer
keep its frothy "head . Many
brewers also use seaweed or a
product extracted from fish to clear
particles while boiling the hops.
            Evolution Controversy Hits Beer

Controversy over teaching evolution in public schools has been bottled up in a
most unlikely place — the beer aisle thanks to Evolution Amber Ale.

Inspired by Utah legislators and the debate over whether public school evolution
lessons should be balanced with "intelligent design," or the idea that life is too
complex to be explained by Darwin's theory of evolution alone, Lauttle Brewing
Co. has begun marketing Evolution Amber Ale
.
Sen. Chris Buttars, R-Utah, isn't laughing however. "I guess some people are
going to get a chuckle out of it. I don't see anything funny about it," Buttars said.
"Anytime someone (tries to) sarcastically exploit issues of morality in those kinds
of ways is very unappealing and the legislature should consider doing something
about it."

Evolution's label features several images of monkeys walking more and more
upright behind a man, carrying a six-pack and swigging from a bottle. A stamp
mark says "Darwin Approved" and "Created in 27 days, not 7."

"Really our intention was not to make anyone mad," Ted Schirf, brewery
president said. "Our intention was to sell some beer with a funny beer label. We
don't have any issue with what people want to believe.
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The Big Bud Lie Revealed

Anheuser-Busch chairman August Busch III  admitted
to having made several changes over the last 20-
plus years to his company's flagship Budweiser and
Bud Light brands, after vehemently denying it for
months.

As Busch said in a recent interview,  "To suggest
that we have made a formulation change in the way
we brew our beers is a marketing ploy and is simply
false. The recipes for Budweiser and Bud Light have
not changed." Three days later, he reiterated the
point: "It's a winning formula and we haven't changed
it."

However Bush has now  publicly admitted that from
1950 to 2004, the amount of malt used to brew a
barrel of  Bud beer in the U.S. declined by nearly
27%, and the amount of hops in a barrel of beer
declined by more than half. Part of that decrease is
due to improvements in how brewers extract flavor
from hops. Nonetheless, beer’s taste became
steadily lighter.   

Over the past 20 years the IBU’s of most American-
style lagers like Bud has declined from roughly 15-20
IBU’s to fewer than 10 today.

Doug. Muhleman, A-B’s group vice president for
brewing and technology, says the company didn’t set
out to make the beers less bitter. He calls the
change “creep,” the result of endlessly modifying the
beer to allow for changes in ingredients, weather and
consumer taste.   Muhleman added that: "Anheuser
didn't talk publicly about it, we also recently made
changes in its brewing process to correct for over-
lightening. We have increased the proportion of
hops used in its beers,  for the purpose of delivering
more amplitude and hop flavor in Budweiser.' "