Dollar Beer

In addition to the $1 window cleaner
and discount duct tape, a new and
more controversial household item will
soon be available for people in
Arkansas making a quick trip to the
dollar store: Beer!  Some 50 Dollar
General stores throughout the state
have won  permits to sell beer
meaning that drinkers will have one
less stop to make on shopping day.

The Dollar General sees beer sales
as part of the company's mission to
be the one-stop destination for
everyday supplies, In many rural
towns, Dollar General stores are the
only place to buy groceries.  
Dollar General has 265 stores in
Arkansas. Wal-Mart has 118 stores
Dollar General managers had
originally applied for 64 permits but
14 were denied based on written
protests by local residents, churches,
law enforcement officials or elected
officials. Dollar General can appeal
the rejections,  Dollar General will
only be allowed to sell beer that has
no more than five percent alcohol

Oktoberfest Scorecard

Revelers at Germany's Oktoberfest, the world's largest folk festival, consumed
a record 7.5 million liters (1.65 million Imp gallons) of beer during the 17-day party.
Despite gloom in Germany about the spiralling debt crisis, the festival drew some 6.9 million
visitors, many clad in traditional Bavarian lederhosen or dirndls, said the organizers.

Although most visitors come from Bavaria, home of the Oktoberfest, over a million
travel to Munich from abroad, mostly from Italy, the United States and Australia.  
The organizers were particularly pleased that there were only 58 brawls in which
drinkers used their "Masskrug," or heavy liter beer mugs, as a weapon, said police.

This year, each "Mass" sold for 9.20 Euros ($12.66). That high price might help explain
why so many patrons seem to have been intent on making a portion of their money back —
and not break the glass over another partygoer's head. In keeping with tradition, 226,000
revelers stole beer mugs from this year's Oktoberfest, compared to 130,000 last year.

The clear-up is already well under way and the Lost and Found office is sifting
through its collection of curiosities. This year they include an 8-centimetre long
live grasshopper, a Viking helmet, a walking frame, two crutches and a
set of dentures.A total of 4,750 items were handed in, including 1,045 passports
and 390 mobile telephones, said the office.

The 48 children who were lost have all been claimed.

The items that don’t get claimed are cleaned up and sold at auction after six months.
The proceeds are donated to charity
Feature News  
Edited by Jim Attacap
the crossroads of the beer world

Tag That Beer

Next month, Michigan will join 31 other states
requiring beer kegs to be sold with tags that
can identify who bought them.Buyers will have
to sign a receipt containing their name, address,
telephone number and driver license or state I.D. card
number. Retailers will have to attach a tag on each keg and
record the tag number on the receipt.

The law is intended to make it easier to track who
purchased kegs if police have to break up a party or find
underage drinking is involved. The $30 keg deposit won't
be returned unless the tag remains on the keg. Removing a
tag is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail
and a fine up to $500.  

During football season individual stores in around Michigan
State Univ. sell hundreds of kegs of beer a month.  Bar
owners say that their many  keg buyers -- most under 30
years old -- will simply purchase cases of beer to avoid
filling out a tag receipt for a keg, even if it costs a little
more. Bar owners believe this is just another hurdle that the
government's going to put in the way of small business.
Those in favor of the tags say at if the youthful  keggers got
out of control, this would at least provide some kind of a
paper trail to find out who was responsible.