Coffee Overtaking Beer
in Ireland

A survey by a major Irish research
firm says drinking cappuccino is
threatening to become more
popular than beer in Ireland.

The survey, called "Sober Ireland?,"
found that people in Ireland drank
an average of three gallons less
alcohol last year than they did in
2004, the London Telegraph
reported. In addition to the lower
alcohol consumption, the survey
says drinking every night at the local
pub is becoming less socially

Traditional pub life, the survey
found, is being replaced by a
continental culture that favors
coffee drinking.  There is no truth to
the rumor that Star bucks
financed the survey.

Miller Goes Chocolate

Milwaukee-based Miller is making
Fredrick Miller Classic Chocolate
Lager available  from October
through December this year.

Classic Chocolate Lager is the
hand-crafted specialty beer that
won the gold medal at the 2005
Great American Beer Festival in the
Herb and Spice Category under the
name Temptation Bock, Miller said. It
is brewed with six different malts,
including chocolate and dark
chocolate malts.

Classic Chocolate Lager will be
packaged in a four pack of
12-ounce bottles with a suggested
retail price of $5.99
Guinness sees red over new coloured brew

Guinness is going out of the black and into the red. But devotees of Ireland's national
tipple need not worry, the world-famous brewer is not going bust - it is about to
produce a red version of its stout.

Guinness Red is the latest variant to be developed by the good folk in Dublin. Hops,
water and yeast are combined as usual but the barley is lightly roasted, giving it a rich
red complexion.

This gives the drink a 'well balanced, bittersweet character', the brewers claim. The
new stout will contain similar alcohol levels to the other versions of Guinness, about
4.1 per cent, and will also cost the same. It will keep its distinctive white head and will
require the same patience-testing two-step pour. The rosey tipple is being tested in a
number of pubs across Britain.
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           Beer Fingerprints

The government is funding the roll out of fingerprint
security at the doors of pubs and clubs in major
English cities.

Funding is being offered to town councils that want to
have their pubs keep a regional black list of known
trouble makers. The fingerprint network installed in
February by South Somerset District Council in Yeovil
drinking holes is being used as the showcase.

The scheme involves pub and bar licensees making
notes about the behaviour of their patrons against
their pub photo and fingerprint records. The
information is shared around those pubs signed up to
the scheme, so other bar staff can see what their
customers have been up to.

"If they were abusive to bar staff," said police Sgt.
Gold, for example, "it will be noted and another venue
would be able to see and decide perhaps to say, 'we'll
let you in, but we'll keep an eye on you'. There's just
one or two people who spoil it for everyone and this
system is designed to stop them."

Government officials said that the scheme should also
be hooked up to pub CCTV systems. They hoped that
within the year every pub and club in Yeovil and the
surrounding area would be using the fingerprinting

Yeovil's South Somerset District Council released new
crime statistics this week that showed alcohol related
crime had dropped 23.5 per cent in the six venues
involved in the  fingerprint security pilot.

This seemed to carry over to the rest of the town as
the council revealed that overall alcohol related crime
in the area of fingerprint system's had dropped by 48
per cent.

Yes, it really is RED!