Best of the Worst?

Coors Light scored a victory over arch
rival Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Light and
several other brands in a taste test
conducted by Consumer Reports.

The Consumer Reports test was limited
to the eight top-selling regular and light
beers plus two store brands. Tested
were Coors and Coors Light,
Budweiser and Bud Light, Miller High
Life and Miller Lite, Corona Extra and
Corona Light; and two store brands
from Trader Joe’s Name Tag and Big
Flats from Walgreens. The study also
came to the conclusion that none of the
light beers in the taste test “scored high
enough to be very good.

Miller Lite, due to "more flavor" was
best of the bunch; Corona Light, named
was the worst.” CR added that Coors  
($6.45 for a six-pack) was a “CR Best
Buy.” The runners-up here were Name
Tag, and Miller High Life

Newscastle Beer Goes To The Dogs

The big news from Newcastle, England, is that famed The Branding Villa pub has
created a non-alcoholic beer for dogs and is inviting its customers to bring their
four-legged friends in to have a pint or two.

Not only is the pub serving the meat extract-flavored brew for pups, it has also
created a dog-friendly menu that includes a Sunday roast with "cat-flavored gravy"
(not to worry, it's actually "a beef stock with fish sauce").

But it seems that brewing a beer for dogs has been done before. Here in the U.S.,
there's Bowser Beer — a non-alcoholic brew made with malt barley and either
beef or chicken. In the Netherlands, there's Kwispelbier — another beef and malt
brew ("kwispel" is the Dutch word for wagging a tail).

So, if you wish to enjoy a round with Rover, options seem to be available.
As for cats: we're not coming across any non-alcoholic beer made especially for them.
If you know of any, let us know
Feature News  
Edited by Jim Attacap
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Beer in the World

Global beer consumption rose 2.4 percent
ilast year hitting a record for the 25th
straight year, mainly due to strong demand in
emerging economies.The amount of beer drunk in
Europe, North America and Oceania dropped from a
year earlier, partly due to the economic slump  but
consumption rose in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the
Middle East.

Asia remained the world's biggest beer-consuming area
in the year with 61.41 million kl, up 5.3 percent. The
region accounted for 33.6 percent of global
consumption, followed by Europe with 27.7 percent,
Latin America with 16.2 percent, North America with 14.5
percent and Africa with 6.1 percent.

By country, China retained top spot for the eighth
consecutive year with The United States ranked second.
Among the top 25 countries on the list, consumption
rose significantly in Brazil, India, Nigeria and Vietnam,
registering increases of 16.0 percent, 17.0 percent,
17.2 percent and 15.0 percent respectively.

In Japan, which came seventh on the list, the amount of
beer drunk in the country declined 2.8 percent  the
aging of the population and the diversification of
consumer tastes.