Does the Pope Like Beer?

According to a story in the Catholic
Digest the answer to that question,
despite press reports to the
contrary, is no.  According to a
longtime friend quoted in the story.
Pope Benedict XVI, as it turns out,
doesn’t like the taste of alcohol, but
when everyone else is having a drink
he’ll sip a "bicycler" so not to
discourage others from imbibing .

BeeerNexus contacted several of
the Vatican's noted bartenders who
explained that a bicycler is a half-
and-half  made with beer and
lemonade. In the 1920s in Germany,
Alpine bicyclists diluted their beer
with lemonade so they wouldn't be
ticked for DUI.

Police Pints

Eager to combat drunken driving
during the holidays, police are
distributing pint glasses embossed
with the logo of the Bennington, VT
Police Department to bars and

About 160 of the glasses,
manufactured by Catamount Glass
and donated to the department, are
being given away in hopes that
those using them will think twice
about getting behind the wheel if
they've had too many.
The glasses have one of four
designs: a police patch, a special
response team patch, a K-9 logo or
a Bennington Police Department
logo.Police Lt. Paul Doucette, who
came up with the idea, said the
department wanted to promote
highway safety
Santa's Butt Outlawed!

Maine liquor officials have banned the sale and distribution of "Santa's Butt Winter
Porter." They say the label is undignified and improper. It features Santa's large
rear-end, fully covered. The microbrew is made in Belchertown, Massachusetts by the
Shelton Brothers brewery who calls the ban "1950s style prudishness."
Civil liberty groups are taking the case to court.

The company cites other liquor bottles which it calls more offensive. Those include
wine bottles with topless women and one called "Fat Bastard." Daniel Shelton, a
brewery owner, says ""People who are interested in Santa Claus, who are influenced
by Santa Claus, which I would guess about ages 4 to 6, are really not the people who
are at risk of going to liquor stores and buying a bottle of beer."

Maine liquor officials would not comment on the case. They cite the pending lawsuit.
Editors note: Besides the obvious meaning, "butt" is another word for a beer barrel.
Feature News  from
Beer in a Box

Working in partnership with Bavarian brewer
Ankerbru,  Rapak Packaging Co. has pioneered an
innovative Bag-in-Box system for the beer market. The
new technology, which is suitable for all types of beers,
offers a low-cost alternative to the traditional keg and
is especially beneficial for export.

Until now, beer for on-trade sales has been packed
and transported in stainless steel kegs, from which it is
then dispensed. However, the size and weight of each
keg makes transport costs extremely high.
Furthermore, all kegs have to be returned for re-use
and, in addition to the transport costs involved, many
kegs are lost in transit (as much as 30% in Eastern
Europe). These factors have restricted the export
potential for many breweries.

The Bag-in-Box alternative offers a number of
advantages: lower transport costs (Bag-in-Box beer
contains 9hl compared to a 5.4hl keg), no return costs,
a longer shelf life than the usual three days after
opening for the keg and a firmer, longer-lasting foam
on the beer. The taste and quality of the product is not
compromised in any way. Shortages of kegs that often
occur due to the seasonality of the beer market can
also be avoided.

The ability to pack beer in Bag-in-Box has been made
possible by the removal of CO2 from the beer after
brewing. The CO2 is then reintroduced into the beer
via a specially developed Carbonator Box, which is
placed in each on-trade outlet between the Bag-in-Box
and the pump head. This new system can be used in
all outlets that currently use the keg system.

Ankerbräu is the first brewery to implement the new
Bag-in-Box technology for its beer exports.