Statistics Tell The Tale
Switch to Water
Replacing a beer with a glass of water every
day could cut people’s chances of becoming
obese by 20% on average, according to a study.
Researchers from the University of Navarra in
Spain found that the same holds true for sugary
soft drinks – having a water each day instead
cut the risk of obesity among more than 16,000
participants in the study by 15%.Swapping
wine for water did not have an effect.

Some experts say the fattening effects of beer,
which in bottles or pints usually contains more
calories than a small glass of wine, are under-
recognised. “Alcohol is incredibly calorific,
second only to fat,” said Paul Christiansen, a
researcher on addiction and obesity from
Liverpool University. “And beer is one of the
most calorific ways you can consume alcohol.”
Not only is beer high in calories – 142 calories
in a 330ml bottle or 193 in a pint of Newcastle
Brown – but people who drink alcohol also eat
more. “When people consume large amounts of
alcohol, that’s when they go and eat more.
The number of U.S. craft breweries grew by 16.2%
percent over the past 12 months but production at those
breweries grew at a much lower rate of 6 %. While that
is still solid growth, it’s below the double-digit per-
centages seen in past years.But one industry official says
it’s not time to declare doom-and-gloom. Julia Herz of
the Brewers Association,  broke down the production
numbers.  Brewpubs, defined as restaurants selling 25%  
or more of their own beer on site, saw the most growth:
a 14.8 % increase year-over-year. Microbreweries,
which are craft breweries that produce 15,000 or fewer
barrels, had even greater year-over-year growth at 27%.
The big regional craft breweries, which produced
anywhere from 15,001 to 6 million barrels, had modest
growth at 1 %But percentages can be deceiving. While
regional craft breweries had just 1 % growth, the actual
volume increase was 18 million barrels. For brewpubs,
a 14.8 percent year-over-year increase equaled just 1.35
million more barrels.In fact, about two-thirds of U.S.
residents of legal drinking age have a brewery within
10 miles of their home, Herz said.

Prices- Beers are the cheapest in Prague ($1.30), Johannesburg ($1.70), and
Lisbon, Portugal ($2.00). On the flip side, they are the most expensive in Oslo,
Norway ($9.90), Singapore ($9.00), and Hong Kong ($7.70). In the USA, New
York City was the most expensive, with beer costing $7.40 on average. Boston
wasn't too far behind, at $7.20.

Now 100% -   rHeineken International announced that it is buying the other
50 percent stake of Lagunitas Brewing Co. of CA in a deal they hope will propel the
craft beer sector globally. Heineken, the world’s second largest brewer, acquired an
initial 50 percent ownership of Lagunitas in September 2015

Flops -  Within Sam Adams brands, the company’s 2017 spring seasonal beers
— Samuel Adams Hopscape and Samuel Adams Fresh as Helles — didn’t perform
as well as their Cold Snap last year. Sam blamed a combination of drinker
confusion at retail, acceptability of these styles and the timing of seasonal
transitions compared to last year.  They left out that neither beer was that good.
Lobbying Works - Indiana law allows you to buy beer from a convenience
store or gas station only if it's warm.  You can only buy it cold at package liquor
stores or restaurants.  Liquor store interests have spent at least $150,000 on
lobbying in recent years while donating more than $750,000 to lawmakers to keep
the law unchanged and continue their monopoly on cold beer sales.
Beer Bottle Samaritain

Recently someone smashed Steve Navarro’s truck window and stole a box
with six century-old beer bottles still full of beer.  “I thought they were gone
forever,” Navarro, co-owner of Tacoma’s (Washington) Pacific Brewing and
Malting, said.  Back in 2013, Navarro bought the bottles for $1,000 from
someone who found the unopened bottles of Tacoma-brand beer, a pre-
Prohibition classic, under a stairwell at an Oregon hotel. Finding historic beer
bottles filled with their original contents is incredibly rare.

Navarro was moving the bottles and had stashed them in a Deschutes beer box
when his truck window was broken and the box taken. He was convinced
someone had stolen them for drinking, not realizing their worth or how awful
the century-old beer inside the bottles would taste since beer does not age well.

For months, he searched trash bins in downtown Tacoma. He scoured flea
markets and local vintage and antique stores. He monitored website auctions.
That’s when he received a text message from a number he didn’t recognize.  
Navarro said the good Samaritan, who is a collector, told him, “They were at the
swap meet in Tacoma a few weeks ago. She thought they were great and the
person who sold them wanted $100 apiece. … She ended up buying all five for
$300. She could tell they were old and she thought they might be worth money,
so she started researching on the Internet. She came across the news story. In
her mind, she went, ‘ohhh, (expletive)!’ She had no idea they could be stolen.
When she found out, she told me, she was sick to her stomach.”Navarro invited
her down to the brewery and she arrived with the bottles. The good Samaritan
asked to remain anonymous, which Navarro agreed to do.

He said the good Samaritan did not ask for money and wanted to return the
bottles out of a sense of duty “to do the right thing,” but Navarro did what
brewers always do: He gave her free beer. He plied her with a case of Pacific
Brewing and Malting beer, a growler and glassware. Ultimately, he talked her into
accepting the $300 she had paid for the bottles.“She didn’t ask for anything. She
could’ve held them hostage and asked for a thousand bucks to get them back.
But she didn’t do anything like that. She’s an honest, nice person,” he said.
“I told her, ‘You’ve reinstilled my faith in our community and the people here.’ I’m
still shocked. I can’t believe they were out there and not dumped somewhere.”

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Edited by Jim Attacap