This Week in Beer News: Hindenburg Beer, France Gets Crafty, and 80 Years Since Prohibition Ended
Have you ever loved beer so much that you just want to marry it? We know the feeling. Too bad that beer's not a solid or else we'd be eating it for every meal.
There's something special about this time of year. What does it have to do with beer?
Thursday marks 80 years since Prohibition officially ended (not like it would have ever stopped you). Had it not been for the 21st Amendment, there would probably be no This Week in Beer News.
Islamic Police Destroy Beer in Nigeria
Speaking of Prohibition, last week Islamic police in the Nigerian city of Kano shouted "God is great" as a bulldozer destroyed 240,000 bottles of beer as thirty residents stood by and watched. Sharia Law was imposed in the city in 2001 but only now are the religious police getting around to following it.
France Is Having A Craft Beer Renaissance
It looks like the people of France are exchanging their cabernets for a nice ale as the craft beer movement expands over there. By the end of the 19th century France had over 2,800 breweries, but by 1975 that number dropped to 23. Now they have over 500 and growing. Maybe the exchange part was a bit of an overstatement, but who says you can't enjoy both?
Germans Want Beer Heritage Recognized
The German people love their beer. They love it so much that they petitioned to have UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, officially recognize their beer purity law as a piece of the world's "intangible heritage". Otherwise known as the Reinheitsgebot, the law was instituted in the early 16th century and stipulate the beer can only be made with water, barley and hops.
UK Man Sells Hindenburg Beer for $9,170
A British man in possession of a beer rescued from the Hindenburg zeppelin is trying to auction it off starting at $9,170. The bottle of beer is thought to be part of a six pack from the Lowenbrau Brewery that was rescued from the scene of the crash in 1937. The man shared the other five bottles with friends and kept one for himself. Would you drink it?
80 Years Since the End of Prohibition
America became a 'wet' country again on December 5 with the ratification of the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition and putting an end to the reign of Chicago mobster Al Capone. With his reign of violence, it could be argued that Capone might have actually done more to end Prohibition than anyone else. Mark your calenders drinkers, this is the real Thirsty Thursday.
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