|Women Protest Beer
|The owners of a Lévis, Que., micro-brewery
are reeling after several of their provocatively
named beers drew flak from women’s groups.
With names like “The Hooker” and “La Tite
Pute” — the Little Slut –it's easy to see why.
The brewpub's menu continues the theme.
One item, "La Tite Pute," is described as "an
easy girlfriend, light and fruity." Another
seasonal beer, the "Vicieuse," is supposedly "an
orgy in your mouth."The brewery's menu also
includes a beer called "The Parrot," which
comes with a label depicting a nude woman in
a bird cage. The head of Quebec's Council on
the Status of Women, Julie Miville-Dechêne,
said the names are unacceptable and
disgusting. The co-owners of the brewery said
they never meant to insult women. They said
they chose the name La Tite Pute because that
beer didn't take as much time to make and it
has a more commercial taste. They added that
they never expected their attempt at humour to
raise such an outcry.
|Scientists have proven that fortifying bricks with grains
left over from breweries will create bricks that keep a
building better insulated. Bricks made with 5% spent
brewing grains were nearly 30% better insulators, and
just as strong as traditional bricks.
The improved thermal performance comes from the tiny
pockets of air trapped in the clay when the grains are
mixed in. And beer's worldwide popularity means there's
a nearly limitless supply of leftovers ripe for the taking.
There is one significant drawback, however: the funky
stench of moist, fermented grain makes a most difficult
production environment. Still, a significant
. improvement in thermal efficiency, requiring nothing
more than beer leftovers, could be tempting enough
for brickmakers to hold their noses. The good news
is that the smell disappears once the bricks have been
dried in a kilnPerhaps soon your house will fight
off winter's chill just like you do — with the
delicious fortification of a golden brew.
Heady Topper Sting
With popularity comes problems. Waterbury (Vt.)-brewed
Heady Topper is so popular its flagship store couldn’t handle
the traffic, it consistently sells out and is considered by some to
be the best beer in the world. It's produced at a Waterbury
brewery that recently had to close its retail operation because
customers overwhelmed the location.
Several of Vermont’s craft beers are popular enough for a black
market to form around them especially Heady Topper. That brought
the Vermont Department of Liquor Control into the fray which
recently announced that had cited a Burlington woman for suspicion of
selling alcohol without a license to do so.
According to the liquor department, a post on the online
classifieds site Craigslist offering cases of Heady Topper was
intercepted by the department. Authorities say Stephanie
Hoffman, 28, was cited after selling 120 of the 16-ounce cans of
Heady Topper to undercover investigators for $825 in a gas station
parking lot in the town of Georgia. That calculates to $27.50 per
four-pack, more than the about $14 typically charged in stores.
Illegal sale of craft beer is a problem, says Bill Goggins, Department
of Liquor Control Director. Alcohol is a regulated substance, meaning
it can be used only by those of age, and can be sold only by those
who hold the proper license, he said.
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