Beer News EXTRA !
Each year Sam Adams, Coors, and others destroy
hundreds of thousands of gallons of perfectly
drinkable beer. The reason is the "freshness dating"
policy introduced by Sam Adams in 1988 and since
copied by some, but not all, brewers. Sam Adams
and Coors clearly label their products with a "sell by"
date. Anheuser-Busch displays the date when the
beer was suposedly brewed and promises to sell it
within 110 days.
Stale beer poses no health hazard and most of the
time will taste okay. Because of this most brewers
prefer to discount the product as they approach the
"sell by" date to unfinicky markets around the country.
However when a retailer returns outdated beer that
cannot be resold to another market the beer is
destroyed in a very specific way. The EPA does not
allow it to be simply poured down the sewer because
alcohol stifles oxygen in the water supply. Secondly,
the beer can only be destroyed by a company that
can issue a valid Certificate of Destruction so the
brewery can reclaim the taxes it paid to the IRS when
it first shipped the product. Most of these companies
sell the beer to ethanol plants which in turn sell it to
gasoline refiners for use as an additive.
All of which means your car just might be running on
recycled Sam Adams!
How do you keep mosquitoes
away in the summer? One
answer is a mixture of beer,
Listerine and Epsom salt.
Try mixing one-third of each
of beer, Listerine and Epsom
salt in a garden sprayer and
you are ready to spray
everything in your yard:
grass, trees and bushes.
Arnie Mason, inventor of the
mix, says the solution will not
hurt your lawn at all. He
claims just one application
should work throughout the
Horticulturist Julie Riley says it
just might work. "Epsom salts
contain magnesium which is a
type of fertilizer so that would
be healthy to plants in a small
amount. The beer might
drown some bugs and the
Listerine with its high alcohol
content will do in the others ."
The Pope's Beer - A German brewery is enjoying new success following a label
change and a "thumbs-up" from a high-profile fan of its beer, German native Pope
Benedict XVI. The Pope, formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, reportedly not only
gave his approval to the Stuttgart brewery's "Stuttgarter Hofbreau" label but also
said it was his favorite beer. To thank the Pope, the brewery sent a beer truck to
Rome this past weekend to deliver 700 liters, or 185 U.S. gallons of the beer.
No beer means no lunch - A lunch meeting between a leading
parliamentarian in Belgium and counterparts from Iran has been canceled because
the beer-loving Belgian could not stomach a ban on alcohol. The Iranians, who as
Muslims do not drink alcohol, wanted their hosts to do the same. The Belgium
leadership stated that Iranians should respect local customs in Belgium, just as
Belgians should in Iran.
NY Times Picks Pale Ales - A taste test by a panel at the NY Times named
Oskar Blues Brewer Dale's of Lyons, Colo. as the best domestic pale ale. Runnerups
were from Otter Creek, Flying Dog, Sierra Nevada, and Saranac.
|July is American Beer Month
For the sixth consecutive year July is American Beer Month;
it's a time to learn about, seek out, and enjoy great American
brews. “ Americans are the envy of the world when it comes
to beer flavor and diversity, ” said Ray Daniels, Director of
Craft Beer Marketing for the Brewers Association. “ We want
every American to understand how varied
and interesting American beers really are today so that
they don’t miss out on this fantastic aspect
of America’s culinary culture. ”
The focal point for American Beer Month activities for
consumers is the website at www.americanbeermonth.com.
Here they will find informative stories about the beers made in
America and they can also tap into local events celebrating
American beer via the calendar while learning about the
designated Beer of the Day.
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