Self-Cooling Beer
Oktoberfest Inspectors
Drinkers at this year's Munich
Oktoberfest are getting better value
for money than ever, say inspectors
enforcing strict German standards
at the world's biggest beer festival.

Up to four two-man inspection
teams patrol the 31-hectare
Oktoberfest site to conduct snap
tests to ensure that so-called "Mass"
glasses contain a full litre.

The surface of the beer must be no
more than 15 millimetres below the
litre mark on the glass, otherwise
inspectors hand out a formal
warning.  Penalties,in the most  
serious cases, range from a large
fine to baring the licence holder
from selling beer for up to a year.

Wilfried Blume-Beyerle, head of the
local authority responsible for
running the checks, said inspectors
were well trained and they  had
tested 1 535 glasses in the first five
days of this year's festival, turning
up 74 cases of short measures.
Beer Fest for Dogs - Dogs are to get their own version of the famous Munich
Oktoberfest event.  Dogs that are brought to the Bunter Hund cafe in the Austrian
capital Vienna will be given special beer for canines, pretzels and traditional Bavarian
veal sausage just like at the real Oktoberfest. Cafe owner Manuela Knirsch, who is
from Munich, said: "We will even be giving out free beer to dachshunds, Bavaria's
favourite dog."  The dog Oktoberfest starts two days before the famous beer festival
in Munich gets underway and will end in mid-October..

Yes, Virgina, - Your local store can deliver beer.  In fact, a new state law in
Virginia now allows businesses to deliver beer and wine, once they agree to follow the
rules. There  is a four-case maximum on how much beer can be delivered, and the
store has to report the amount of purchases to the ABC once a month.  And even
though getting a license to deliver beer takes some time, some paperwork, and a $65
fee, there is already a backlog of businesses waiting to apply.

No World Cup Beer - Under French law, no alcohol can be served inside
sporting stadiums so the closest fans can come to drinking at the recent Rugby World
Cup games in France was an area 500 metres outside the venue, officially termed the
exclusion zone.  Determined attempts by the International Rugby Board for a
tournament exemption failed just before kick-off and the only "ale" sold is the
non-alcoholic Amstel Free.
Beer Lowers Risk of Kidney Cancer

Beer consumption may lower the risk of developing kidney cancer,
according to a report in the British Journal of Cancer.   Dr. Alicja
Wolk from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, and colleagues
investigated the association of different types of alcoholic beverages
and of total alcohol consumption with the risk of kidney cancer in a
large population-based study in Sweden.   The study involved 855
subjects with kidney cancer and 1204 "controls" without cancer.
They reported their alcohol consumption in terms of standard
portion sizes -- a glass of beer being 200 milliliters, a glass of wine
being 100 mL, and a glass of strong
wine or hard liquor equal to 40 mL.

The team found that the odds of developing kidney cell cancer was
about 40-percent lower among those who consumed 620 g ethanol
per month compared to those who did not drink at all.

Drinking more than two glasses of red wine per week was associated
with a 40-percent reduction in kidney cell cancer risk compared with
drinking no red wine, the investigators observed, and there were
similar trends for more than two glasses per week of white wine or
strong beer. In contrast, there was no relation between kidney cell
cancer risk and consumption of light beer, medium-strong beer,
strong wine, or hard liquor.

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Florida company has announced that it is gearing up for
production of the world's first can that cools itself.  After
countless delays and false starts, beverage  company
Tempra Technology claims it is now finally ready to
begin production of this revolutionary product that
could earn it a  fortune.

"It has taken two decades and a lot of work to get this far,
but everything is finally ready to roll, and the first cans
should be hitting the open market within two years," said
Dr Cullen Sabin, Tempra Technology's chief scientist.

About the size of an ordinary 500ml beverage can, the
invention uses thermal, insulating and heat pump
technology to cool its contents in three minutes flat.
Activated by twisting an integral self-cooling device on
the container's base, a natural desiccant inside draws
the drink's heat through an evaporator and into an
insulated heat-sink container, reducing the temperature
by a minimum of 30F (16.7C).

Tempra Technology estimates that the added cost to a
drink sold in one of its containers will be between 50
cents and $1 depending on the premium the beverage
manufacturer places on the package.

Billed as an entirely environmentally friendly solution to
the age-old problem of warm beer, the Instant Cool Can
contains only natural products. Completely non-toxic, it
would not even explode if thrown on to a fire.