Behind Mexican Beer
Rochefort Under Attack
Production at one of the world's eight
remaining Trappist breweries is under severe
threat from the expansion of a limestone
quarry which will cut off their water supply.
The Belgian monks who brew Rochefort say
the water from a nearby well is crucial to taste
of their sought-after ale, which frequently
appears in lists of the best beers in the world.

But plans by a limestone mining company to
deepen a quarry in the vicinity of the Abbey
threaten to plug the water source that the
monks have relied upon for centuries. The  
mining firm, Lhoist, had offered to dig more
wells to supply the monastery, but the monks
are wary that the flavour will simply not be
the same.  We only have guarantees about the
quantity, not about the quality of the water,"
said a spokesman for Rochefort.  
The Mexican beer market is the world's fifth biggest by
volume sales. It is also a virtual duopoly, with Modelo
brands like Corona claiming about 58% of the 67
million hectoliters (1.77 billion gallons) of beer sold
there. Brands like Tecante from Cerveceria-
Cuauhtemoc make up the other 41%.   

About half the beer sold in Mexico each year is
channeled through small mom-and-pop convenience
stores, many of which agree to sell only one of the
two brewers' brands in exchange for beer-logo
awnings, signs or refrigerators, as well as discounts
on beer purchases, credit or assistance with local
permits. Such agreements can make the Mexican retail
chain more efficient, for instance by supplying small
businesses with financing for improvements and
expansion.  However it stifles  competition since the
breweries often threaten to take away all the given
perks if the stores try to sell beer made by anyone else.
Beer Power -  Last month there were 2,514 registered breweries in the USA  
ranging from small local ones to giant  brewers such as Anheuser-Busch and
MillerCoors.  The previous record was set in 1890 when there were 2,011 U.S.
breweries.  As recently as the late 1970s, there were fewer than 100 breweries

Dogfish Food-  First came the beer, now it's beer-centric” foods. Dogfish
Head is selling Hop-Pickles and Dogfish Head Hard-Tack Clam Chowder, both
spiced with 60 Minute IPA. Four ale-infused bratwursts at his brewery and
online.  The venture is called Project Bunyan.

Holy Cans -   A giant “holy structure” called “The Church of Beer” was
unveiled at the Roskilde Festival, a music and cultural festival near Copenhagen.
The structure was built by German architecture firm by using thousands of beer
cans from volunteers. The purpose of the structure was to shield “parishioners”
from the rest of the festival and give them a place to rest while drinking.

Changing History - Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams) released a commercial
that quotes the Declaration of Independence, but leaves out mentions of God.
The commercial quoted a section of the document that reads “that all men are
created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights...,” but the actor was told to omit “ by their Creator.”

Don't Recycle, Create

As we drink more beer in the summer you might consider these ways to
reuse the beer bottles rather than leaving them around the house
or putting them into the recycling bin.

1. Use beer bottles to hold your taper candles. Pick up a taper candle and
tuck it into a beer bottle filled with some sand. Nothing says love quite
like a cold beer and a lit candle in a beer bottle.
2. Make an artistic rock tumbler. Collect some rocks at the beach or in your
garden. Put them into a beer bottle to display them in an artistic way. It's a
cheap way to add to your home décor and show off your love of beer.
3. Create a makeshift vase. If you like to pick flowers from the garden to
impress that special someone, take your efforts up a notch.
4. Use a beer bottles to hold your pencils and pens. Transforming
a dry, empty beer bottle into a pen/pencil holder.
5.  Keep a clean, empty beer bottle next to your mini indoor garden on your
windowsill to use for watering your plants.
6. With plants in mind, use a beer bottle as an impromptu flower pot. Put
some dirt and seeds in the beer bottle, place it in the sun.
.7. Make a headboard out of your old empties. All it takes is some glass
glue  and a bit of creativity. The bottles are glued together in opposite
directions to create a wall to use as a headboard.
8. Turn your empty beer bottle into a lamp.  All it takes is a lamp making
kit, some tools and a lampshade. Your favorite beer can now be a
permanent part of your living room or bedroom.
The lamp would match your new headboard perfectly.

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Edited by Jim Attacap