This Week in Beer News: Penthouse Magazine Makes Beer, Iraq Vets Start Brewery, and Craft Beer Defeats Big Oil
A day without beer is a day not worth living, except that day could be spent finding more beer. Same with beer news. You got to stay on the up and up or else you'll be drinking swill your whole life.
This was a good week for beer, as Bell's Brewery wins a battle against an oil company wanting to place an oil dredge near the brewery and an even bigger victory goes to Iraq War veterans who are set to open their own start-up brewery next month.
Penthouse magazine apparently has its own brand of beer that is brewed by Karlsberg brewery. Sold in five-liter barrels with integrated taps, it can be found in supermarkets throughout Germany. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be a craft beer as some compare the taste to Bud Light or Coors Light. Despite the taste, it does bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "titties 'n' beer."
Mississippi is finally catching up to the 21st Century, at least when it comes to beer. The city of Oxford legalized cold beer sales last week. The law takes effect on September 19. Currently, residents are prohibited from purchasing cold beer in a store unless it is in a restaurant, except on Sundays, when alcohol cannot be sold at all. Mississippi is just one of several states that have dry counties where it is an arrestable offense to even possess beer. Besides the various blue laws scattered throughout the state, Mississippi also prohibits beer and liquor to be sold in the same store and caps alcohol content in beer at 10 percent. (Buzz kills.)
Researchers at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia discovered last week that the refreshing tingle you get from drinking beer (or soda) is not because of the carbonated bubbles but from the carbonation turning into carbonic acid inside your mouth -- although the bubbles do contribute to the overall sensation. Previous research shows that carbonic acid has an irritating effect on the tongue, sending mild pain signals to the brain. More important, how do we become participants in these kinds of studies?
Raise a pint for Thomas Wilder and Neil McCanon, two Iraq War veterans who are set to open Young Veterans Brewing Company next month. Based in Virginia Beach, the brewery is about a mile away from Naval Station Oceana, where fighter-jet noise is a constant ring in the ears of nearby residents. But the jets, as well as the war experience, have been an inspiration to the veteran duo, crafting beers such as Jet Noise Double IPA and Pineapple Grenade Hefeweizen. Their motto is, "Brewing With the Freedom We Fought For."
A small victory for the little guy occurred on Thursday night as the Comstock Township Planning Commission sided with Bell's Brewery, rejecting Enbridge Oil's plan to drop an oil dredge pad next to the brewery. The dredge pad would have been used to clean up any oil sediment trapped at the bottom of the Kalamazoo River. Despite the small victory, the spill wasn't much of a victory for the environment, as it released 840,000 gallons of heavy crude oil into the river. The oil managed to travel as far as 40 miles until it was contained. The brewery is about 30 miles downstream from the original spill site.
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