This Week in Beer News: Space Beer, Budvar Beats Budweiser, and Michigan's New Pint Law
Does the government shutdown got you down? Hopefully not, because it ain't shuttin' down your ability to slam a few cold ones, and that's a plus.
On the ugly side of things, the shutdown has brewery startups on hold, preventing them from filing for permits, receiving inspections, getting labels/recipes approved or anything necessary to open. Until then, it is a beer-pocalypse.
Pay for Your Beer in Bitcoins
Bars in Berlin are now accepting bitcoins for beer. We knew this was going to happen eventually as more retail owners become aware that bitcoins can be transferred into real money. In case you don't know, bitcoins are a form of digital currency generated by lending your computer to solve complex mathematical problems. Bitcoins are also open-source and not dependent on any central authority, like a bank.
A Kid Wants to Brew Beer in Space
An 11-year-old kid from Colorado is having this science experiment of brewing beer in space picked by NASA and headed to the International Space Station in December. Michal Bodzianowski hopes that one day, brewing beer can be used for medical emergencies in space. The only question that remains is, will Bodzianowski get to try the final product?
Budvar Wins Trademark Battle Against Budweiser
The Budweiser Budvar Brewery in the Czech Republic recently won a legal battle in Italy against Anheuser-Busch that has been raging since 1907. A-B sued Budvar, claiming that it violated its trademark for Budweiser. It turns that Budvar had the name first, since 1785. Anheuser-Busch started using the name in 1876 and registered the trademark two years later.
Dogfish Head Brewed a Grateful Dead Beer
Dogfish Head Brewery collaborated with the rock band the Grateful Dead to make beer called "American Beauty," which will be released in the next several weeks. The band decided it wanted a bold pale ale made entirely with ingredients from the U.S. American Beauty will be available on draft and in 750-milliliter bottles within Dogfish Head's 27-state distribution area.
Michigan Law Would Require Pints of Beer to Be Actual Pints
Some Michigan lawmakers truly do believe in truth in advertising, so they introduced a bill last week that would make sure a pint of beer is really a pint of beer. The law would amend the Liquor Control Act to make it an offense to "advertise or sell any glass of beer as a pint in this state unless that glass contains at least 16 ounces of beer." It may seem kind of trivial, but damn it, you can't lie to people when it comes to beer.
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