Beer For Cancer Patients
First In The USA
Said to be the first of its kind in the United
States, a Hmong-owned brewery will soon be a
reality in St. Paul, Minnesota. Vine Park
Brewing Company is currently a brew it
yourself establishment but it will soon
be a Hmong-owned foll brewery, as well.

OwnerTouyer Moua is an immigrant to the USA
and began homebrewing three years ago.  Moua
says that being the first majority Hmong-owned
brewery has himfeeling additional pressure.

: Hmong is an ethnic group living chiefly in
China and Southeast Asia. aThey speak Hmong,
one of the Hmong-Mien languages. Since the
late 18th century, the Hmong alone among the
Miao groups have slowly migrated out of the
southern provinces of China, where about 2.7
million still remain.  Some 1.2 million have
moved into the rugged uplands of northern
Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and the eastern parts
of Myanmar (Burma). More than 170,000 live
in the United States and nearly 20,000 more in
France (15,000), Australia (2,000).

Many oncology patients swear off alcohol during
treatment, but in the Czech Republic, where beer is the
national beverage, cancer patients undergoing
chemotherapy have a new option.

The nonalcoholic Mamma Beer (mamma is the Latin
word for "breast") is meant to counteract dysgeusia, a
palate-altering phenomenon that is often a side effect of
chemotherapy that makes food and drink taste bitter or
bland. It is targeted for women undergoing chemotherapy
for breast cancer and is one of several new products
coming on the market specifically to address the changes
in the way food tastes to cancer patients.

So in a country with an annual beer consumption
of over 36 gallons per capita, where a draft beer can
cost less than a bottle of water in restaurants, it should
come as no surprise that some doctors there see a
drop of truth in the Czech proverb Pivo je lék: "
Beer ismedicine."

Mamma Beer debuted this past March at the Prague
Beer Festival and has been distributed at oncology
wards and pharmacies.
App For $2 Beers - Craft beer lovers in Canada have one more reason to
look at their phone. A new app gives users access to $2 craft beers at participating
breweries and bars across the nation.  The Craft Beer Passport is free to download
on iOS and Android. $2 is the legal minimum price

Statistics-- Craft beer’s share of the total U.S. beer market, based on volume,
has now climbed to 12.7%. Based on sales, craft has a 23% share. That’s
according to research from The Brewers Association, which reports that so far in
2018 beer volume sales slipped 1% while craft volume was up 5%.

World Cup -  One thing the World Cup has taught is that cheap beer unites
people. Just about every time a goal was scored, the television would cut to a
party in that country and people were cheering, throwing their beers in the air.  
You'd only do that with cheap beer not with expensive craft offerings.

5% Limit in NY -  New Yorkers can now purchase alcoholic beer or hard cider
ice cream.  The new law allowing it requires the frozen products to contain no
more than 5 percent alcohol and prohibit sales to anyone younger than 21.

Heroes Get Beer- The team of heroic divers who helped in the monumental
effort to rescue 12 Thai boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in
Chang Rai were welcomed home with a “car full of beer” and a huge party.
AI Beer Sniffer

Denmark-based brewing giant Carlsberg has reported good progress in its attempt to
turn Microsoft's Azure AI into a robot beer sniffer.The project, which kicked off earlier
this year, was aimed at cutting the time a beer spends in research and development
by one-third, thus getting fresh brews into the hands of drinkers faster ... and their
beer tokens into the pockets of Carlsberg.

The director and professor of yeast and fermentation for Carlsberg, Joch Förster, has
been tasked with the seemingly enviable job of tasting a lot of beer as the brewer tries
out new flavours. In reality, however, ploughing through hundreds of samples isn't
really practical. Hence Förster and his team have turned to sensors and AI to
predict what a beer will taste like.

While Förster and his team are only six months into the three-year project, they
reckon their sensor and AI combo is now able to differentiate between different
pilsners and other lagers. As, to be fair, could the majority of hacks hard at work
at Vulture central. Förster, however, plans to continue to develop the machine
learning algorithms to better measure the smell and tastes produced by the
fermentation, with tweaks aimed at allowing brewers that are not so tech-savvy
to use the device without any real instruction.

The UK's Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) raised an eyebrow at the idea of a robot
brewer picking out flavours that might work. Its chief communications officer,
Tom Stainer, welcomed the development and the prospect of better beers, but
struck a note of caution “One of the delights of beer appreciation is the unexpected
alchemy that comes from the skill and creative input of human brewers – and it would
be a shame if this is the first step in a process to replace that human instinct in the
brewhouse”.  We at BeerNexus couldn't agree more!

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Edited by Jim Attacap