Beer News EXTRA !
Water Makes the Beer
Coast Guard Beer
A Greenland brewery has something no other
beermaker in the world has tabs on -- ale brewed on
water at least 2,000 years old, melted from the giant
Arctic island's vast and pure ice cap.

And there is plenty of it.

The first 66,000 liters (17,200 gallons) of a dark and a
pale ale have just come out of Greenland Brewhouse,
the first-ever Inuit microbrewery in Narsaq, a hamlet in
southern Greenland.

"Today, with all the pollution ... you cannot get cleaner
water than melted ice cap water,"  said brewery
representative Flemming Larsen.  "Our ales are
definitely different from most other beers" because
they were "smooth, soft but not bitter."

Greenland's 2.2 million square kilometers (844,000
square miles) are covered at 85 percent by an ice cap
that is up to 4,000 meters (11,000 feet) thick.  All of
which will mean countless barrels of beer for centuries
to come.
The Coast Guard will reimburse the
federal government $227.23 to
clear up appearances of impropriety
surrounding a Coast Guard Academy
official who spent taxpayer money
to brew beer for school social
functions, a spokeswoman said.

Coast Guard Spokeswoman Angela
McArdle said an audit  highlighted a
purchase that was technically legal
but did not represent a prudent use
of funds.

She confirmed a report that one of
the beers had a label with a picture
of Rear Adm. James C. Van Sice,
the Coast Guard Academy
superintendent.  The  beer was
called "The Admiral Amber Ale" and
the audit found that the school
spent about $1,000 to make 532
bottles of beer.

Coast Guard officials originally told
auditors that the brewing kit saved
money over buying alcohol for
official social functions, a claim that
auditors said did not account for
labor costs.  
QUICK HITS
Masters Degree in Brewing-  The University of
Nottingham, England, has received approval to award a new MSc in
Brewing Science  according to course leader Katherine Smart, also
Britain's only female professor in brewing science.  The course,
which is open to all college graduates who are brewery employees,
should help brewers "to better improve and adapt their businesses"
according to Professor Smart.

Five Million Cans -  Whiteclay, Nebraska is a tiny town where
four liquor stores sell over five million cans of beer each year, mostly
to people from the adjacent Indian reservation.  Sales continue to
grow even though alcohol possession and use has been banned on
the Pine Ridge Reservation for years.  Indian activist Russell Means
said the failure to stop alcohol from entering the reservation is proof
that government policies target Native Americans and he plans to
sue the federal, state, tribal and county governments for genocide
under international law.

Zen IPA  -An intense infusion of fresh Chinook, Cascade, and
Centennial hops combined with loads of natural green tea is the
secret to an  English-style Pale Ale  now being marketed by Blue
Crre Brewing (Madison, WI).  The smooth beer features a green tea
aroma and taste in the finish. According to brewer Dan Caldi the
beer "will satisfy those who are looking for something more mystical
and magical."
Sunday Beer in NY

Sunday July 30th marked the first Sunday that New Yorkers don't
have to wait until noon to buy beer. A new state law now lets
storeowners sell beer starting 8 a.m. on Sundays.  

Not everyone thinks it's a good idea. Opponents say this law is only
encouraging people to drink more on their day off.  Bill Fulton of the
Delphi Drug and Alcohol Council says he can't see the logic of giving
people an extra four hours to drink. He says we will only see an
increase in DWI arrests and alcohol related accidents on Sundays.

The old rule was part of the blue laws designed to restrict certain
activities on Sunday. A few years ago the state changed another law
that forced liquor stores to close on Sundays.

Lawmakers say the old laws were just inconvenient. They say the
new beer sales law will make it easier for people traveling or planning
early events. Some local grocery store owners say this law
will also help boost sales. This new law does not apply to bars or
restaurants, just retail stores.


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