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Best Packaged Beers
The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI)
announced the winners of its 2013 Clear
Choice Awards for their achievements in
innovative glass packaging. Two craft beer
companies – Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) and
Green Flash Brewing — were honored for
their innovation, design and consumer appeal.
Craft Brew Alliance – which produces and
markets the Widmer Brothers, Redhook, Kona
Brewing and Omission beer brands — was
recognized for its proprietary Kona Brewing
bottle designs.  Kona reduced the weight of
their  bottles by 11 % while still making them
stronger. Also with a changed the shape they
could also put more in shipping containers and
reduce the companies carbon footprint. Green
Flash Brewing was also recognized for
sustainable business practices and received
the “President’s Award for Advancements
in Sustainability.”
The Alchemist’s Heady Topper double IPA — the no. 1
rated craft beer in the world according to some websites
made a red carpet appearance. According to Alchemist
co-owner, Jen Kimmich, two cases of the company’s
beer were purchased at the brewery and somehow made
it to the Emmy awards show. In addition, 4-packs of the
beer were placed in swag bags given to celebrities.

Maybe a few of those potent, 8-percent Heady’s found
their way to the Stone Brewing headquarters in San
Diego, where a spelling error on some mixed 12-pack
cases forced the company create an additional insert
acknowledging the mistake. The company accidentally
misspelled its IPA, Ruination (Run-in-ation) on 50,000
variety packs. Stone is not recalling the packaging
claiming that to do so would increase "our footprint and
not be true to our focus on the environment. Trees  
were cut down to make the cardboard for this so let's
just laugh at the mistake and move on."
Popular in China -   China is the world's largest beer market.  Snow beer (a
state-backed partner of SABMiller Plc), is #1 with a 21.7 % market share.  Tsingtao
Brewery is second with 15.7%.  Beijing Yanjing Brewery is third with 11.7%,
followed by AB InBev’s 11.4 % and Henan Jinxing Brewery with 3.4%.

Big $- Boston Brewing Co., better known perhaps as Samuel Adams, has
created craft brewing’s first billionaire in founder and President Jim Koch. Yes,
that's correct, he is now, according to Forbes Magazine, a billionaire.

Oktoberfest -  Only six Munich breweries are allowed to serve their beers at
the annual Oktoberfest festival in Munich. The first Oktoberfest beers were made in
1810, for a festival celebrating a royal wedding. The festival became a 17-day
tradition, originally celebrated in October; it was moved to late September through
early October to take advantage of better weather.

Miller Saves - MillerCoors has reduced water usage over 15% per barrel of
beer. Two years ago, the ratio of water use to barrel of beer was 4.1
to 1. That  has dropped to 3.82 to 1.  The industry average is between 5 and 7 to
1.  The bulk of their water savings has come from changes in human behavior,
such as brewery workers turning off hoses that were previously constantly
running and carefully managing the flow of water through the brewery.

A Real Beer Belly

A teetotalling Texan whose family thought he was addicted to booze
was in fact suffering from a rare disease where his stomach turns
the food he eats into beer. His problem - too much brewer's yeast in the 61-
year-old's gut.  That  meant that whenever he ate starch, it sparked
a chemical reaction leading to fermentation. The man — dubbed
"the human brewery" — ended up getting totally tanked without
even touching a drop of alcohol.

His condition was discovered only after he stumbled into a hospital,
complaining of dizziness. Doctors initially laughed when he, despite
clocking in at more than five times the drunken driving limit,
said he hadn't touched an alcoholic beverage..

Brewer’s yeast is in a whole host of foods, including breads, wine
and, of course, beer (hence, the name). The critters usually don’t do
any harm. They just flow right through us. Some people even
take Saccharomyces as a probiotic supplement.

But it turns out that in rare cases, the yeasty beasts can indeed take up
long-term residency in the gut and possibly cause problems, says
Dr. Joseph Heitman, a microbiologist at Duke University.

“Researchers have shown unequivocally that Saccharomyces can grow
in the intestinal tract,” Heitman said. “But it’s still unclear
whether it’s associated with any disease— or whether it could
make someone drunk from the gut up. More research is needed."

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