Kick-Off With Beer
The University of Minnesota Regents
voted to allow beer sales during
Minnesota home football games. The
measure was approved 10-1 and could
bring in as much as $1.5 million yearly
in extra revenue to the university.
Minnesota now joins 21 universities that
sell beer in their stadiums on football
Saturdays, though the bulk of those
teams play in a city-owned or pro sports
venues. Minnesota will be the first
Big Ten school to offer alcohol sales
outside of its suites.
Along with allowing beers sales many
schools are also pursuing various
measures to prevent problems. Along
with checking the ID of everyone buying
a brew some are dispensing beer in
clear cups so security officers can
monitor who's actually drinking it.
Others permit sales only up to
halftime. It also limits beer to only
3.2% alcohol by volume.
Beer Border Conflict
Friendships can sometimes be forged and disputes mended over a bottle of beer or two.
And that’s exactly what Canadian liquor store owner Jim Pettinger is hoping will be the result of the
Hans Across the Water beer, created in collaboration with Denmark’s Ugly Duck Brewing Company.
Pettinger hopes to help in resolving the Hans Island dispute between Canada and Denmark by
inviting PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper for a pint or two.
While Pettinger’s invitation may sound like a joke, the dispute over Hans Island is not.
Uninhabited and measuring just 1.3 sq km, Hans Island has been the subject of a sovereignty dispute
between the two countries for almost 40 years. It lies on the maritime border between Canadian
and Greenlandic territory, in the Kennedy Strait, and as the search for oil and minerals in the
region has intensified, so too has the dispute over the island
The disagreement escalated in 2005 when Canada’s defence minister at the time visited the island,
leaving a Canadian flag as a memento of his trip. The Foreign Ministry did not appreciate the
impromptu visit, and said that it considered the island to be Danish. Since then, efforts to reach
the island are made by both countries each summer as a show of sovereignty.
The brew that Pettinger is confident will help open lines of discussion is an Imperial Vanilla Coffee
Porter. It’s a dark beer with hints of vanilla and coffee, and sold in 1.5 litre bottles containing 10
percent alcohol. The label for the bottle is a parody of Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’, with
Pettinger in Adam’s position, and Martin Jensen, a brewer at Ugly Duck and a veteran of the Danish
craft beer industry, as God. Jensen is pouring beer into a cup clutched in Pettinger’s outstretched
hand, and both men are set against backdrops of the flags of their countries.
the crossroads of the beer world