Goodbye Red Solo Cup
Beer Bozos
Despite a clear passion for pursuing alcohol
around the globe, many beer fans still need
a refresher on the basics. It doesn’t matter
whether people prefer craft or mainstream
beers: results are in, and it turns out they
aren’t quite as knowledgeable about beer
as they thought.

Respondents  in a new survey were asked a
variety of questions testing their expertise – but
while 72 percent believed themselves to be
knowledgeable about beer, the results weren’t
there to back them up.

Half of self-declared beer lovers know the four
main ingredients of beer – grain, hops, yeast
and water – while 45 percent understand the
difference between ale and lager.The survey
also revealed that 35 percent know what IPA
stands for (hint: it’s India Pale Ale), but the
good news for beer drinkers is that you don’t
have to be knowledgeable to enjoy a pint.
And it’s always more fun to have someone to
talk to while enjoying a glass: Sixty-five percent
admit it’s a turn-off if a date isn’t know-
ledgeable about beer.   In that case we
recommend they should start reading BeerNexus
Beer pong may be getting more environmentally friendly.

Ball Corp., the 139-year-old packaging company that has
benefited as beverage companies shift away from plastic
amid pollution backlash, is launching an aluminum cup.
he company says it can supplant the red Solo cups that
dot college campuses and picnic tables around the U.S.
with a product it calls “infinitely recyclable.” It also has
eyes on the beer cups sold at major professional sports
stadiums, some of which will start using the new
metal cup this fall.

The new product will be more expensive than its
competitors, but the company is betting that younger
consumers concerned about plastic pollution will pay a
premium to drink beer from a more sustainable cup
the cups will initially cost around 25 cents each. A pack
of 100, 16-ounce red Solo cups is available for $16.95 on
Walmart.com, or around 17 cents per cup.  

Aluminum has more value than plastic in the recycling
market, part of why it’s considered more sustainable.
Cans are also less likely to float away in the ocean.

Ball has been working on the aluminum cup for seven
years and is investing a “couple hundred million” dollars
to build a plant that will make the product,
Oktoberfest Price Up - Around 6 million people from all over the world are
expected to attend the Munich Oktoberfest festival, which ends on Oct. 6, even as
beer prices have gone up since last year. According to the AP, the price of a liter
mug went up 30 cents, and it can cost up to 11.80 euros ($13) this year..

Kolsh Hepls Deer - "Cheers to Arizona Wildlife"is a new program to raise money
for the Arizona's Game and Fish Department.  It might better be labeled, “Drink a Beer,
Save a Deer.”The agency is partnering with a Flagstaff craft brewery to get some
money every time someone buys a can of its Kolsch style ale.

Beer Law- On Oct. 1, North Carolina's ABC Regulatory Reform Act kicks into
effect which lets you sip the wares at distilleries and breweries and also buy
unlimited bottles of each there.  You can now buy two beers at a time.  The old
law limited you to one beer at a time.

World's First - Small Beer Brew Co., founded by James Grundy and Felix
James has just opened  in South Bermondsey in London.  It claims to be the
world's first "small beer" brewery, specializing in brewing beer below 2.8% ABV—
known, indeed, as small beer.

Less Drinkers in UK - Between 2010 and 2019, the proportion of young
people in the U.K. who didn't drink alcohol increased from 18% to 29%. Drinking
habits of youths are changing, but the drinks industry have been slow to catch
on. Now however many  are bringing out low ABV seltzers and beer.
$68,000 Beer

Peter Lalor, a cricket writer and beer editor for The Australian newspaper, was on
a trip to Manchester, England, covering cricket when he purchased a beer at
Malmaison Hotel.But he didn't realize how much it might cost: He paid more than
$68,000 (AU $99,983.64 to be exact) for an IPA.  

When he paid for the beer, Lalor didn't have his reading glasses. He signed
the bill and said he didn't need a receipt.

"Something, however, made me ask 'how much did I just pay for that beer,'" he
wrote. "She checked, covered her mouth, started to giggle and refused to tell me,
saying only there had been a mistake and she would fix it." A manager attempted to
do that but was unsuccessful..

Later, Lalor received a call from his wife. The huge sum had been drained from
their bank account with an additional transaction fee of over $1,700 (AU$2,499.59 /
about $67,689 American). The fee has since been returned.

While the beer, a Caledonian Brewing Company Deuchars IPA from Scotland, was
admittedly good, Lalor wrote that no beer is worth the amount he paid.   A hotel
spokesperson said that they're investigating and have apologized to Lalor.

"The money is still missing, the bank says it will take 10 working days to get back.
It wasn’t an intentional mistake, the barmaid made a mistake with the machine,"
said Lalor. Management at the Malmaison Hotel took the issue seriously he said. They
have been apologetic and have gone out of their way to help him, offering to
compensate Lalor for any additional losses.

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