Beer News EXTRA !
Beer and a Blast
Smallest Pub
Two's company in the world's tiniest
pub - and three's definitely a bit of a
crowd. The former railway signal box
measures just 8ft by 8ft.

It has four stools - and standing
room for another two skinny

The good news is that the
100-year-old mini drinking den has
FIVE hand pumps serving rail, sorry
real, ale - and a fairly large beer

Landlord Andrew MoCall, 35, has
submitted his 64 square foot local
for a place in the Guinness Book of
Records. The title is currently held in
the US by Sam's Bar in Colorado
Springs at 109 square feet.

Andrew says: "We're so small some
drinks companies won't fit
equipment for us because they
think we won't do enough trade.
But business is booming."

Andrew is now looking for the
world's smallest cellarman.
A new bar in eastern China is offering customers an unusual
outlet for anger - by allowing them to use the staff as punching
bags, state media said today.

In addition to getting a drink, customers at the "Rising Sun
Anger Release Bar" in Nanjing city are able to pay money to
beat up staff, smash glasses, shout and scream, the China
Daily said.  If that doesn't work, customers can also receive
psychological counselling, the paper said.

The bar employs 20 well-built men in their 20s and 30s who
have agreed to be hit. Customers can specify how they want
the men to appear - they can even be dressed up as women,
the newspaper said.

The bar charges 50 to 300 yuan ($A8.30 to $A49) for
customers to release their anger, depending on their

The bar was set up in April by Wu Gong, a 29-year-old man
who got his inspiration from similar bars in Japan, according
to the paper. Mr Wu insisted his staff were fully equipped with
protective gear, and the bar gave them regular physical training.

The new venue has been particularly popular with women
working in service and entertainment industries such as
karaoke bars or massage parlours.
Short Pints Sold by Samuel Smith-  One of the most
famous  breweries in the world  has ordered landlords not to serve
full pints unless requested by customers. Tadcaster based Samuel
Smith's said it expects ale to be served with a five per cent head.
The move has angered drinkers and York MP Hugh Bayley said:
"When you order and pay for a pint, you should be served a pint."
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, claimed it was the first time a
brewery or pub group had admitted encouraging landlords to sell
short measures. Samuel Smith declined to comment.

Record Holder -  Real ale fan Richard Percival, 44, has gathered
Britain's biggest collection of beer trays at his Leicestershire home.
Around 700 of the hoard of 1200 are on his walls.
He said: "People think I'm mad but it's a great hobby and it sure
beats painting my walls."

Beer Hug  -If a cold beer in a frosty mug sounds good right
now, a Fountain Hills company has just what you need -- a
Beerhug.  Beerhugs are glass mugs with form-fitted, insulated foam
handles. Stored in the freezer, the mugs are designed for people
who like to drink beer from a frosty glass but hate holding the cold,
wet handle. The grip is designed to stay warm and dry.
Craft Beer Soars

The Brewers Association today reported the volume of craft beer
sold in the first half of 2006 rose 11 percent compared to
the same period in 2005.

“The rate of growth in the craft beer segment appears to be
accelerating,” said Paul Gatza, Director of the Brewers Association
professional division. “This is the third straight year we’ve seen an
increase in the craft beer growth rate.”

The current surge in growth comes on top of strong performance by the
nation’s small, independent and traditional brewers over the last two
years. In 2004, the volume of craft beer sold increased by 7 percent and
in 2005 it rose by 9 percent.

The craft beer industry last saw double digit growth in 1996, a year in
which the number of craft breweries in operation increased by more than
35 percent and volume increased by 26 percent. By contrast, the number
of operating craft breweries has remained relatively constant in recent
years as sales growth has come from established craft brewers.

“The current trend in craft beer sales increases demonstrates a growing
consumer preference for the diverse and flavorful beers
made by craft brewers,” said Gatza.

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