Beer Bricks
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.
Hops vs. Cancer -  Research at Ghent University in Belgium showed that hops
in beer stop the spread of cancer from one organ to another part of the body.
The findings showed that drinking beer in moderation halved the chances of
having an enlarged prostate which could lead to prostate cancer. In another study
hops were shown to help prevent breast cancer.

US Booze Bill- In 2013 the State Department spent more than $400,000 on
alcoholic beverages for the year but none officially designated as being used for  
beer.  Purchases by embassies around the world, included $5,625 in “gratuity
wine” and$5,925 in “gratuity whiskey” at the embassy in Rio de Janeiro, $22,416
in wine at the embassy in Tokyo, and $15,900 in bourbon and whiskey in Moscow.

Beer Destroyed- In Kano, Nigeria, police enforcing Islamic law set a record
when they publicly destroyed some 240,000 bottles of beer in one day. The
destruction was part of a wider crackdown on behaviour deemed "immoral" in the
area.  Kano is the largest city in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north.

Best Beer - At the recent 2013 World Beer Awards  Full Sail’s Amber Ale was
awarded a gold medal and was named “The World’s Best” in the American brown
ale-dark beer category.  Session Premium Lager  also earned a gold medal and was
named “The Americas’ Best” in the helles lager category.

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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Edited by Jim Attacap