Is It Beer or a Monster?
Heavenly Kegs
Peter Ekstrom along with a group of fellow
rocket and beer lovers known as "Team
Numb," are currently seeking Kickstarter
funds to launch a dual-stage rocket that will
raise two kegs -- one 5 gallons, one 15 --
to the high heavens.  Although they've launched
kegs before, this will be the first
time they're going for a dual-stage design that
will rocket the two party barrels into the sky at
what they're expecting will be speeds of over
650 mph. They're also anticipating that the
rocket will reach a height close to 20,000 feet,
breaking their previous record of 7,700 feet.

The launch is scheduled to take place in the
Black Rock Desert north of Reno, Nev., at the
end of September.  The estimated total cost of  
for the launch is $3,700. That's broken down
into $1,200 for propellant; $1,000 for motor
hardware; $800 for parachutes and electronics;
and $700 for airframe materials. Pledge $1,000
or more and you get to push the button on the
rocket launch.  Our only question is: why?
Toho Co. Ltd., the Japanese rights-holder of "Godzilla,"
has announced that it has reached a settlement
agreement with New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Co.
to resolve an intellectual property dispute. The beverage
company had come out with a beer titled
"Mechahopzilla," which sparked a Louisiana lawsuit
contending that the brew infringed Toho's rights to
Mechagodzilla, a character first introduced in the 1974
film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. As a result of the
settlement, the brewery will rename its beer and change
some facets of its advertising and packaging.
Mechagozilla is described as Godzilla’s mechanical
doppelgänger, and while the character has evolved over
the years, Toho believes it has well-delineated traits
being the robotic version of a large, powerful, erect-
standing, two-footed, reptilian creature with a long lizard-
like tail, muscular forearms and legs, and spikes.

Toho sued the brewery not only on trademark grounds
that the name of the beer would lead consumers to be
confused about sponsorship, but also because the image
of the "Mechahopzilla" character on tap handles and
beer cans violated its copyright.
Record Set -    This years National Homebrew Competition boasted one of the
most competitive fields of entries ever, with 8,172 home brews judged setting a
record.  The total was 45% higher than 2013.  Robert Hilferding of Florida won the
Homebrewer of the Year award.

Mega Mega-   The Financial Times reported that bankers have been putting
together a syndicate to raise around $60 [billion] of debt, which would fund the
cash component of a European takeover, by way of Anheuser-Busch InBev
absorbing SABMiller to create the largest brewing company in history.

Bud Wins- A federal judge has dismissed lawsuits filed by beer drinkers in eight
states that alleged Anheuser-Busch InBev watered down several of its top brands,
including Budweiser and Michelob.  The judge said that the brewer’s labeling fell
within federal guidelines that permit beers to have a tolerance of 0.3 percent above
or below the amount stated on the label.

Chimay - Chimay Première is now on draft in the U.S. for the first time ever.
After 31 years of exporting bottles only the brewery is  offering their signature ale
in kegs in select markets beginning in June. The Trappist monks at Scourmont
Abbey in Chimay, Belgium have been brewing Première since 1862.

Hindus Protest Beer

Odd13 Brewing, Inc., of Lafayette (Colorado, USA) reportedly
withdrew “Hanuman” beer within hours of the first Hindu protest.  
On the brewery’s website, all the references to Hanuman have been
removed. Single Hop IPA has taken the place where“Hanuman”
beer once existed. Single Hop Australian Summer shows
up where once Hanuman Australian Summer was listed.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, calling
identifying of the beer with Lord Hanuman as “highly inappropriate”, has
thanked and commended the “Odd13 Brewing” for having an understanding
for the hurt feelings of Hindu community and for showing responsibility,
respect and maturity by taking quick action in withdrawing
“Hanuman” beer. "It was a step in the right direction", Zed added.
Odd13 Brewing did not respond to e-mails asking for comments.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, had stressed
that Lord Hanuman was highly revered in Hinduism and he was meant
to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be used in
selling beer for mercantile greed. Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities
or concepts or symbols for commercial or other agenda was not okay.

Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world
with about one billion adherents


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