Beer News EXTRA !
Build a Model Airplane
of Beer Cans!
Beernexus has received countless requests about how to build a model
airplane out of beer cans.  Ok, maybe that's just a tad overstated.  To
be accurate, if we ever receive any requests, countless or otherwise, we
now have an answer.  Check out our exclusive, official,
Nexus Beer Can Buidling Plan.  
And please remember to use empty cans.
Miss Frothinglsloh Returns.   Pittsburgh Brewing Co. plans to celebrate the
50th anniversary of Olde Frothingslosh - the "pale, stale ale with foam on the
bottom - with a limited edition can commemorating the beer that began as a joke.  
The beer was advertised as "so light, the foam's on the bottom" and as "brewed
from hippity-hops on the banks for the Upper Crudney in Lower Slobbovia." It
debuted in cans in 1968 with the introduction of Fatima Yechburg, a 300-pound
go-go dancer who became Miss Frothingslosh, and was sold for decades.

What a deal!  Saint Arnold Brewing Co., the oldest microbrewery in Texas, has
put "naming rights" to one of two new fermenters up for bid on eBay.  The
company will only accept bids for naming the tank after a person (although a pet
could be deemed acceptable).  Bidding on the naming rights started at $50 and
had reached $560 as of press time for this issue of Nexus.

Smoking Ban in Italy.   Some bar and restaurant owners are refusing to
police a smoking ban when it takes effect on Monday in Italy.  Ireland became the
first country in the world to have a smoking ban in March 2004 but U.S. states
including Maine, Florida and California and the cities of New York and Boston, have
had similar bans since 2003.

The Italian law relies on bar and restaurant owners -- the vast majority of whom
have not built closed off smoking rooms -- to ensure their customers do not
smoke, with the threat of a fine of up to 2,000 euros if they do not.

Alcoholic-drink makers will have to change their formulas for
flavored malt beverages, such as Skyy Blue and Smirnoff Ice,
because of a new government rule.

The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
published regulations this week that restrict the alcohol content
of flavored malt beverages. The new regulations require that at
least 51 percent of alcohol in flavored malt beverages be the
product of brewing and not from distilled spirits flavors added
to the drinks.

The issue arose because drinks such as Skyy Blue are created
with a malt base the same process used to brew beer before
adding vodka, rum and other spirits flavors. Beer is taxed at a
lower rate than distilled spirits, and alcohol regulators have
questioned whether flavored malt beverages should be taxed as
beer or spirits.  The new rule will require most flavored malt
beverages to be reformulated, Becker said in a statement.
Brewers will be able to meet the new requirements before the
rule takes effect in January 2006, he said.

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