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  • Here comes the bride. And she brought beer! (She's a Pig Midwife)

    05/16/2012 9:34:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies ^ | 15/05/2012
    THEY do things different across the ditch. It's a crazy story so here are the details: Kiwi pig midwife - it's a thing - embraces Dutch courage, in the form of a beer, for a bride competition. These are facts. But it wasn't all fun and games; the Taranaki Daily News found itself caught up in a storm of controversy over its decision to publish the photo of the beer-swilling bride on its frontpage. We can't publish the photo here, so click here to see what we're talking about Katrina Hayman, 33, caught the attention of the Long White Cloud...

    05/13/2012 2:00:03 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 150 replies
    Anyone notice Guinness tastes different? It seems to me when they stopped using the "widget" in their bottles, the flavor changed. It now has a slightly sour aftertaste. A year ago or so I was asked to leave an irish pub when I got into a huge argument with the bartender. I told them their Guinness keg was crap after taking one sip of a draw and I told them I wanted my money back. They gave me my money and I was escorted out. But now I tasted guinness(bottles) last friday for the first time in a year and...
  • They might Be The toughest drinkers in Britain but they are not the worst educated….

    04/16/2012 1:00:40 PM PDT · by sussex · 5 replies
    The Aged ^ | 16.04.12 | The Aged P
    So I doubt that, if I had lived in Bolton, I would have gone within a quarter mile of “The Flying Shuttle”, described by the Daily Mail as probably the “toughest pub” in Britain. It appeared to be open all the time, in defiance of the licensing laws, not because the landlord held an open house but simply because the bar staff were too frightened to call time. In the end it took thirteen police officers to close it down and even then there was a mini riot.
  • Flailing Anheuser-Busch Tries New Beers, Intimidation

    03/29/2012 9:43:21 AM PDT · by B Knotts · 111 replies
    Newser ^ | 3/29/2012 | Kevin Spak
    (NEWSER) – Anheuser-Busch InBev is desperate to turn its sales around. Sure, it's still the biggest beer company in the US, but shipments have fallen for three straight years, thanks to the growing popularity of small, independent craft brewers. But this year Budweiser's got a plan, president of North American operations Luiz Edmond tells the Wall Street Journal: It's going to produce more beers, while leaning on distributors not to carry the competition. Anheuser will introduce 19 new products this year, its biggest rollout since the InBev merger. Some will aim to compete in the craft market, like additions to...
  • These Are The Places In America Where Alcohol Is Still Banned (Ghosts Of Prohibition)

    03/24/2012 8:56:57 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 100 replies · 2+ views
    IO9 ^ | March 23, 2012 | Robert T. Gonzalez
    These are the places in America where alcohol is still banned The year was 1933. America's fourteen-year experiment in sobriety was over; the federally mandated ban on the sale and manufacture of alcohol had been lifted. All across the U.S., people welcomed the repeal of prohibition with open arms and flowing taps. Or rather, most of them did. Meet the counties where America's "noble experiment" never died. When prohibition lifted almost eighty years ago, many communities (particularly in the Bible Belt) voted to keep alcohol bans in place at the local level. Today, there are still more than 200 "dry"...
  • Government's Pot of Gold Grows on St. Patrick's Day

    03/16/2012 7:43:47 AM PDT · by 92nina
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-03-13 | [Staff]
    St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by an estimated 127.5 million people in the United States, all of whom must first pay a heavy price to government for partaking in the Irish revelry. This year, the cost of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is driven up by government by 29.9 percent. Every tradition of the holiday carries a reminder that taxpayers’ luck has run out when it comes to the cost of government: Religious practices, parades, beverages consumed, decorations hung, special meals made and celebratory clothing donned are all targets of government taxation. These traditions are all subject to forms of income...
  • Deputies: Drunk woman calls 911 to say she was lost in woods, did not know where to urinate

    03/08/2012 3:15:07 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    WTSP ^ | March 8, 2012
    Hudson, Fla. -- A woman needing help finding the bathroom is now facing numerous charges. Her first mistake: calling 911 for her restroom emergency. The Pasco Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old Marcia Usher placed the 911 call Wednesday night, saying she was lost in the woods and didn't know where she should urinate.
  • Merkel Gets Beer Shower

    03/07/2012 12:34:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Local ^ | 27 Feb 12
    An unremarkable party meeting for German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week has turned into an internet sensation after a waiter dropped five glasses of beer down her back – and the whole thing was caught on video. Nuke shutdown costs energy giant €1 billion (6 Mar 12) The waiter, identified by the German press as Martin D., said he could not stop himself shouting out a profanity as the glasses slipped off his tray, pouring beer down the back of the country’s leader. “A colleague should have brought her the beer. But she was so nervous, she asked me to...
  • Time to Scotch Michigan’s Wholesale Alcohol Monopolies

    03/07/2012 7:48:15 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/7/2012 | Michael LaFaive
    State policymakers will reform Michigan’s antiquated alcohol regulations this year if Gov. Rick Snyder adopts ideas submitted by a liquor reform advisory panel he created months ago. Change is certainly needed; in particular, the state effectively grants monopolies to a few lucky private, for-profit beer and wine wholesalers. These regulatory privileges should be struck from state law in the name of fairness and competition. A basic principle of economic theory is that competition — or the threat of competition — is good for consumers. Monopolies facing no such threat are generally bad. Recent Mackinac Center for Public Policy research suggests...
  • "Homer Simpson's" Favorite Beer Goes on Sale in Britain

    02/23/2012 2:48:25 PM PST · by AnTiw1 · 11 replies ^ |
    A beer drank by "The Simpsons" character Homer has gone on sale in Britain. The brewer states: "The legendary Duff Beer is a premier German pilsner that poses a crisp, light, refreshing taste along with iconic packaging..."
  • Pliny time again: Beer fans to line up for Santa Rosa brewery's once-a-year ale

    02/03/2012 3:13:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Santa Rosa Press Democrat ^ | Updated 2/3/12 | DEREK MOORE
    The kid is back in town. That means long lines outside Russian River Brewing Co.'s downtown Santa Rosa brew pub on Friday and lots of voice mail messages on brewer Al Gorton's phone. “I get a lot of friends this time of year,” Gorton said Thursday at the company's south Santa Rosa production facility. Gorton was in the process of filling kegs with Pliny the Younger, a Triple IPA (India Pale Ale) that is so popular with beer aficionados that people come from all over just to sample it. Last year, that included beer enthusiasts from Japan and Denmark, said...
  • The fermented cereal beverage of the Sumerians may not have been beer

    01/20/2012 5:10:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 1+ views
    PHYSorg ^ | January 17, 2012 | unattributed
    This has cast doubt on the popular theory that Mesopotamian brewers used to crumble flat bread made from barley or emmer into their mash. The so-called "bappir" (Sumerian for "beer bread") is never counted as bread in the administrative texts, but in measuring units, like coarsely ground barley. Damerow also points out that the high degree of standardisation, which meant that the quantities of raw materials allocated to the brewers by the central administration remained exactly the same over long periods, sometimes even decades, makes it difficult to base any recipes on them. According to Damerow, even the "Hymn of...
  • Women to Worship Goddess of Beer

    08/06/2002 3:44:52 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 25 replies · 473+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Tuesday, August 6, 2002 | Reuters
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. LONDON (Reuters) - British beer lovers have enlisted the support of a Sumerian goddess in their efforts to shake off the masculine image of their favorite tipple. Fed up with the drink's beer bellied image, the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said on Tuesday it had adopted the goddess Ninkasi -- said to have created a recipe for beer 4,000 years ago -- as patron in a bid to attract more women to the pumps. "We think real British beer is something to be proud of and it should be marketed...
  • Brewers concoct ancient Egyptian ale.

    08/11/2002 3:28:50 PM PDT · by vannrox · 4 replies · 347+ views
    BBC News ^ | Saturday, 3 August, 2002, 10:06 GMT 11:06 UK | Editorial Staff
    Saturday, 3 August, 2002, 10:06 GMT 11:06 UK Brewers concoct ancient Egyptian ale Did King Tut sup on the Old Kingdom recipe? A Japanese beer maker has taken a 4,400-year-old recipe from Egyptian hieroglyphics and produced what it claims is a brew fit for the Pharaohs. The Kirin Brewery Co. has called the concoction Old Kingdom Beer. It has no froth, is the colour of dark tea and carries an alcohol content of 10% - about double most contemporary beers. Sakuji Yoshimura, an Egyptologist at Waseda University in Tokyo, helped transcribe the recipe from Egyptian wall paintings. Kirin spokesman Takaomi...
  • 10 Surprising Health Benefits of Beer

    01/14/2012 7:20:30 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 44 replies · 4+ views
    Yahoo Health ^ | January 9, 2012 | Lisa Collier Cool
    Beer drinkers rejoice: Your favorite brew may be healthier than you think. For years, wine drinkers have indulged without guilt, reveling in the news that red wine can help protect against heart disease. Recent research shows that beer can also be good for what ails you, from reducing risk for broken bones to helping warding off diabetes and mental decline. It can even increase longevity, a large study suggests. However, the key to tapping into beer’s benefits is moderation, meaning just one 12-ounce beer per day for women and two for men. Heavy drinking ups the threat of liver damage,...
  • Deputies: Man Orders Beer, Robs Bank, Returns to Beer

    12/23/2011 1:39:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    WTSP ^ | Friday, December 23rd, 2011 | Christopher Collette
    Perhaps he just needed some money to pay his tab. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says a man robbed a bank in between trips to a bar. Deputies say they got a call around 1:42 Thursday afternoon of a man robbing the Wells Fargo Bank located at 8994 State Road 52. About 10 minutes later, they encountered a man who fit the robber's description a few doors down at the Hayloft Bar. A bartender told deputies the man ordered a beer, disappeared for about 30 minutes, and then returned to his drink. Deputies arrested 52-year-old John Robin Whittle on one...
  • Hand Wringing Over Liquor Reforms

    12/20/2011 11:08:45 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/18/2011 | Michael LaFaive
    The Detroit News this morning published a story about the possibility of reforming the Michigan Liquor Control Code and its related rules. The author correctly notes that some groups and residents in Michigan are “on edge” over what the reforms may bring. One of those quoted, Mike Tobias of the group Michigan Alcohol Policy Promoting Health & Safety, argued that “We (Michigan) have plenty of liquor licenses and plenty of beverages sold over the counter. We know that the more alcohol outlets there are, the more alcohol-related problems and harm there is.” There are two problems with this quote. First,...
  • Announcement To The World, I'm Pro-Choice

    12/17/2011 2:23:43 AM PST · by Stanwood_Dave · 14 replies
    Friday, December 16, 2011 | David Peter Guadalupe, a.k.a. Stanwooddave
    I've decided that now is the time to speak to one & all.
  • Adele's Contract: "North American Beer is Not Acceptable"

    12/06/2011 2:53:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 74 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 | Greg Wilson
    Rolling in the Deep" singer's no Jane SixpackSome singers' contracts stipulate that the red jelly beans have to be removed. Adele's backstage rider says keep the American beer away from her. In her boilerplate contract, the British singer goes out of her way to diss stateside suds. She must have 12 bottles of beer on her bus, but it can't be just any beer. It must be the "best quality European lager beer." Beck's, Stella Artois, Peroni, the pact suggests helpfully. Then, for the band's and crew's buses, only "good quality local lager" is acceptable. "NOT Budweiser, Miller or similar...
  • Alaska man stranded in snow 3 days survives on frozen beer

    12/03/2011 7:29:12 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 79 replies
    Clifton Vial, 52, climbed into the cab of his Toyota Tacoma on Monday night in Nome to see how far a road winding to the north would take him. More than 40 miles out of town, at about 9:30 that night, he found out. As Pink Floyd's "Echoes" played on the stereo and temperature dipped well below zero in the darkness, Vial's pickup plunged into a snowdrift. "I made an attempt at digging myself out and realized how badly I was stuck," Vial told The Anchorage Daily News. He was wearing tennis shoes, jeans and a $30 jacket from Sears....
  • What did George Washington Drink?

    11/19/2011 8:35:32 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 46 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 19, 2011 | WILLIAM BOSTWICK
    In the spirit of authenticity, a home-brewer attempts to recreate a founding father's beer recipe. It was last Thanksgiving. I had my heirloom turkey, local yams and organic cranberries. I had donned my waxed-canvas apron and consulted vintage recipe books. I was ready to eat. But on this, the most heritage-chic of holidays, what should one drink? Wine felt too stuffy; a six-pack not ceremonial enough. I was stumped. Then I discovered George Washington's beer. Or, more precisely, a recipe for it, referenced in a few old home-brewing books. Scribbled on the last page of one of Washington's journals is...
  • (19)Suspects snared in free beer sting

    11/12/2011 11:00:29 AM PST · by greatdefender · 13 replies
    Derbyshire Constabulary ^ | November 12, 2011 | Edward Lovett
    Nineteen people suspected of committing crimes in Derbyshire have been arrested after being offered free beer by police as part of an undercover operation. Officers sent letters to dozens of suspects who had evaded arrest for several months asking them to ring a marketing company to collect a free crate of beer. A total of 19 suspects fell for the hoax and called the number which put them through to police officers based at Chesterfield Police Station. A time and date was arranged for the free alcohol to be dropped off and the suspects were arrested. The sting was carried...
  • Commentary: Michigan’s Keg Tracking Won’t Stop Underage Drinking

    11/10/2011 8:49:12 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/10/2011 | Michelle Minton
    Few people will argue against preventing underage drinking. Michigan’s new keg registration law, however, an attempt to trace the buyers of kegs that end up serving underage drinkers, will not accomplish that goal. In fact, keg registration is an invasion of consumers’ privacy and has proven repeatedly to be a waste of time and money. Moreover, it will do nothing to reduce underage drinking and could even make the problem worse. As of Nov. 1, Michigan joined with the nearly 30 other states that have a keg registration law of some type, requiring businesses to affix a sticker or a...
  • Tea Party Rep (Joe Walsh) Blows Gasket at Town Hall Troublemaker: 'This Pisses Me Off!'

    11/09/2011 11:59:37 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 48 replies
    Fox ^ | 11/08/2011 | By Lee Moran, The Daily Mail
    The bizarre rant from Illinois congressman Joe Walsh came after he was grilled during an informal surgery in a bar about the lack of regulation which ultimately allowed banks to bet against their own customers. Cutting off the man, the father-of-five yelled: 'I am tired of hearing that c**p. Don't blame the banks... that p***** me off.'
  • Election Day Alcohol Tremors?

    11/03/2011 9:05:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/3/2011 | Dr. Angela Logomasini
    If you live in Michigan, you can’t order online from wine retailers in other states, at least not if you want the wine shipped to your door. But action this Election Day far off in Washington State may send tremors across America by cracking open the anti-consumer, anti-competitive alcohol regulations there. Entrenched interests — particularly alcohol wholesalers — appear frightful that they will be the ones to suffer from government withdrawal from the industry. But if enthusiasm for such freedom becomes contagious and spreads to other states, consumers will reap the benefits. Washington state’s initiative strikes at the heart of...
  • Recommendations for Gov. Snyder’s Liquor Control Advisory Rules Committee

    10/27/2011 9:42:16 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/26/2011 | Michael LaFaive
    On Oct. 24, the Mackinac Center dispatched letters that made 15 major and explicit recommendations for reform of Michigan’s alcohol control system to Gov. Rick Snyder’s 21-member Liquor Control Advisory Rules Committee. The advisory committee first met in August and is due to make recommendations to the governor for reform as early as mid-December. We suggest that the committee and Gov. Snyder reform boldly. The 15 major ideas presented below are by no means the only reform ideas we intend to make, but they do represent some of the most wide-ranging and beneficial ones. Where appropriate, I've added nuance and...
  • German brewers worry about future

    10/09/2011 7:42:54 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 60 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 7, 2011 | Michael Birnbaum
    Ulrich Steinhaus, a 34 year-old banker, washes down a roasted chicken with beer at Oktoberfest in Munich. He is wearing traditional Bavarian clothing of lederhosen and suspenders. The beer lovers at Oktoberfest brag about the centuries of history sitting in their mugs. But German brewers are increasingly worried that the old model may not be enough to carry them into the future. Germans drink less beer every year, so breweries founded in the 14th century are searching for ways to compete in the 21st. The answer, increasingly, is to look to an uncomfortable place for German brewers who pride themselves...
  • Yankee Stadium vendor punished for ‘harassing’ Boston pitcher

    10/05/2011 6:59:54 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | Oct 03 2011 | David Brown
    That will teach beer vendor Steve Lazarus to get jocular with the jocks. No doubt under pressure by Major League Baseball's fraternization police, the New York Yankees recently threw down the dragnet on Lazarus, who got a little too chummy with the team's oldest and most-hated rival. -snip- Lazarus, 53, also works as a stand-up comedian when he's not vending, but he wasn't laughing after being humiliated and punished for doing, he says, nothing wrong. Lazarus was standing with co-workers near a freight elevator on the terrace level when they heard the clacketty clack of cleats on the floor. They...
  • Beetles Die During Sex With Beer Bottles [Graphic Warning]

    10/04/2011 8:29:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Mon Oct 3, 2011 08:51 AM ET | Analysis by Jennifer Viegas
    Besotted beetles are dying while trying to get it on with discarded brown beer bottles, according to research conducted by Darryl Gwynne, a University of Toronto Mississauga professor. It's a case of mistaken attraction, because the beer bottles happen to possess all of the features that drive male Australian jewel beetles wild. They're big and orangey brown in color, with a slightly dimpled surface near the bottom (designed to prevent the bottle from slipping out of one's grasp) that reflects light in much the same way as female wing covers. As a result, the beer bottles are irresistible to the...
  • Present Day Prohibition

    10/03/2011 10:53:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 21 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/3/2011 | Michelle Minton
    If you’ve ever seen a Ken Burns documentary, you’re familiar with their use of faded photos, archival video and interviews with renowned historians. Films like “The Civil War,” “Thomas Jefferson” and “Lewis & Clark” bring the past to life despite the decades of distance between the subject matter and the viewers. No doubt, his newest documentary, “Prohibition,” which premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. PBS, promises to offer a thorough historical examination of American life during the period around the 18th Amendment’s rise and fall. The three-part series focusing on Prohibition’s past, however, may lead the viewers to believe that every...
  • Free beer for life for investing in Minneapolis brewpub

    09/28/2011 7:35:31 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 16 replies
    pioneer perss ^ | 9-28-11 | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS - A developer who wants to open a microbrew pub in Minneapolis has a unique business plan. For a $1,000 investment, neighbors can be part owner of the Smokehouse Brewpub and get free beer for life. Developer Jamie Robinson says free beer is among the equity options for the $800,000 restaurant and bar. The project needs $175,000 for a down payment and is targeting investors $1,000 at a time. Kelly Neisen has seized the opportunity. Neisen says as a homeowner she has a stake in seeing her neighborhood succeed. Minneapolis council member Gary Schiff says people crave something authentic,...
  • Drunken crowd tosses dead squirrel, flips car during La Crosse celebration

    09/26/2011 12:19:09 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 25 replies · 1+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 9-26-11 | ap
    Police say a drunken crowd tossed a dead squirrel around and tipped over a car in La Crosse this past weekend. Lt. Brian Thomson says some college-age people began throwing a dead squirrel back and forth in the street near the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus on Saturday night, the second night of the city's annual Oktoberfest celebration. Police say a drunken crowd tossed a dead squirrel around and tipped over a car in La Crosse this past weekend. Lt. Brian Thomson says some college-age people began throwing a dead squirrel back and forth in the street near the University...
  • Rep. Waters urges Obama to drop nice-guy act and fight Republicans, Tea Party

    09/22/2011 2:36:54 PM PDT · by zimfam007 · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/22/11 | Mike Lillis
    Maxine Waters: Republicans “Eat Obama’s Food, Drink His Beer And Leave, Then They Go And Try To Kill Him”…
  • Free Alcohol!

    09/21/2011 7:07:34 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/21/2011 | Michael LaFaive
    The Detroit Free Press published a response to my essay, “Rethink state’s liquor distribution system,” on Sunday. It reads more like a beer commercial designed to redirect attention away from unnecessarily high beer prices, rather than a scholarly rejoinder to the facts presented in my original essay. There are four major problems with the letter: First, it doesn’t answer any of my assertions and instead advances spurious generalizations. For example, the letter encourages the reader to ask “any number of Michigan breweries” to learn that their partnerships (with wholesalers) “fuel growth and jobs in Michigan’s craft beer industry.” These same...
  • Oktoberfest Kicks Off in Germany

    09/17/2011 11:26:36 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 50 replies
    ABC News ^ | 17 September 2011
    World's biggest beer festival is expected to attract 7 million tourists.
  • Before Medal of Honor, beer with obama (Hussein exploits hero, media plays along)

    09/15/2011 8:05:59 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 14 replies
    See B.S. News ^ | 9/15/11
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dakota Meyer saved 36 lives from an ambush in Afghanistan and the former Marine will collect the nation's highest military honor at the White House on Thursday. While he is receiving the Medal of Honor, Meyer's slain comrades will be memorialized in hometown ceremonies at his request. His hero's moment was his darkest day. Meyer lost some of his best friends the morning of Sept. 8, 2009, in far-off Kunar Province.
  • How to boost your WiFi signal with a beer can (with Photos! you boozehounds)

    09/11/2011 7:55:24 PM PDT · by max americana · 54 replies · 1+ views
    the chive ^ | Septe 11, 2011 | chiv
    I love a good hack, especially one that requires me to throw back a cold one before hand (or during). This simple wifi boost has actually been shown to increase signal strength by at least 2 to 4 bars. And, well, I will drink to that. These instructions came to me via The Chive and i think they are most definitely worth checking out. But here is the most important question: what kind of beer will you use? For this project you are going to need scissors, a utility knife, some adhesive putty and an empty beer can. More than...
  • Liquored Up: Michigan Government Should Exit Its Liquor Wholesale Business

    08/29/2011 5:31:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/28/2011 | Michael LaFaive
    Michigan is one of 18 states in which the state government itself is the statewide wholesaler for all hard liquor (or “spirits”) sold to consumers by retailers, bars and restaurants. Anecdotal and empirical evidence indicates that this arrangement unnecessarily drives up costs, while providing no public safety advantages. State lawmakers should repeal Michigan’s status as a so-called “liquor control” state, and eliminate or shrink the 152-employee Michigan Liquor Control Commission. As wholesaler, the state is in a unique position to drive up the cost of liquor. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission tacks on a 65 percent mark-up on every bottle...
  • Statistical Analysis Finds Liquor Prices Higher in Wholesale Control States Like Michigan

    08/26/2011 9:57:26 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 8/25/2011 | Mackinac Center
    As Gov. Rick Snyder’s Liquor Control Advisory Rules Committee meets today for the first time, a statistical analysis being released by Mackinac Center policy experts indicates that liquor prices are higher in Michigan and in the 17 other states where government acts as a statewide liquor wholesaler. According to the analysts’ calculations, a representative bottle of spirits — a fifth of J&B Scotch — cost almost $1.59 more on average in liquor control states like Michigan than in other states, amounting to a substantial hidden tax on a commodity already subject to large state and federal taxes. “We found that...
  • 500 years ago, yeast's epic journey gave rise to lager beer

    08/22/2011 8:03:21 PM PDT · by allmost · 30 replies ^ | August 22, 201 | Terry Devitt
    In the 15th century, when Europeans first began moving people and goods across the Atlantic, a microscopic stowaway somehow made its way to the caves and monasteries of Bavaria. The stowaway, a yeast that may have been transported from a distant shore on a piece of wood or in the stomach of a fruit fly, was destined for great things. In the dank caves and monastery cellars where 15th century brewmeisters stored their product, the newly arrived yeast fused with a distant relative, the domesticated yeast used for millennia to make leavened bread and ferment wine and ale. The resulting...
  • Motorized Beer Cooler Lands Driver In Court

    08/17/2011 12:50:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    News4Jax ^ | Wednesday, August 17, 2011
    Scooter Capable Of Holding Several Dozen DrinksAn Australian man was fined and had his license suspended after being caught driving a scooter made of a motorized beer cooler capable of carrying several dozen drinks. The scooter featured a cooler box mounted on a wheeled frame, a steering handlebar and was powered by a 50 cc engine. The cooler doubled as a driver's seat and could hold up to 48 bottles of beer, Reuters reported. Chris Petrie, 23, bought the scooter on the Internet for $600. After assembling it with a friend, he had a few beers and decided to drive...
  • 14 Household Uses for Beer (It's Earth Friendly!)

    08/14/2011 5:44:43 PM PDT · by PROCON · 27 replies ^ | Aug. 12, 2011 | Cris Carl
    Most of us don't usually think of beer as an earth-friendly alternative to improving our gardens and lawns or dealing with a host of pests. However, if you can bring yourself to part ways with your favorite brew, or at least invest in some of the cheap stuff, you'll be surprised by beer's many uses. 1. Trap slugs and snails: Place dishes or jars of beer around your garden, especially in the evening. In the morning, the slimy critters, which have been drawn by the beer's aroma/fermentation, will have drowned. The beer can be re-used until it evaporates for garden...
  • Rethink Michigan's Liquor Distribution System

    08/08/2011 11:38:40 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/8/2011 | Michael LaFaive
    The State of Michigan maintains a so-called three-tier liquor distribution system that erects legal walls between suppliers, state-approved wholesalers and retailers. This arcane system drives up the cost to consumers by limiting competition without necessarily making any contribution to public safety. The system was created after Prohibition ended in 1933, ostensibly to curb potential distribution and sales abuses. Today it's merely a tool used by a handful of politically powerful beneficiaries to tap consumer pocketbooks. Specifically, the system appears to have been captured by a private, for-profit second tier -- beer and wine wholesalers -- who enjoy monopoly profits and...
  • OUR VIEW: Oh, that sinful beer!

    08/01/2011 4:53:58 PM PDT · by Utah Binger · 23 replies
    Ogden Standard Examiner ^ | August 1, 2011 | Editorial Board
    Why do so many of our leaders always want to associate legal alcoholic beverages with sinful behavior? We understand that too much drinking has gotten a few legislators and other officials in legal hot water but most Utahns -- including those who do not drink -- do not associate having a beer with jails. If we need to pay more for jail space, the Legislature needs to place it at a higher funding priority. Or, we need to up taxes; sometimes that's necessary. The prudish, offensive way to do it is by upping beer prices. That's what the Legislature may...
  • Beer's appeal has paled among Americans, poll finds

    07/29/2011 5:18:43 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 104 replies
    JSonline ^ | July 28, 2011 | Sharif Durhams
    Political pollster Nate Silver summarized the results of a recent Gallup poll this way on Thursday. "In case there weren't enough reasons to be depressed about the country: Popularity of beer at record low." OK, it's not crystal clear that a record has been shattered, but the nation's adoration of beer has dropped to its lowest point in the past 20 years among adults, according to the poll that was released Wednesday. Among those asked which alcoholic beverage they would most often drink, 36% said beer was their pick. Beer just beat out wine as the top choice. Wine was...
  • Commentary: Michigan Liquor Control Code Too Controlling

    07/29/2011 11:42:24 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/28/2011 | Michael LaFaive
    These are busy times for people in the alcohol business. A new state “Liquor Control Advisory Rules Committee” is being constituted by the Office of Regulatory Reinvention and may meet to review alcohol rules as early as the second week of August. Also, the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association are meeting at the Grand Traverse Resort today, concluding their annual summer convention. The MB&WWA represent some 60-plus beer and wine wholesalers statewide, and it doesn’t strain credulity to suggest that they will be discussing how best to protect the legal advantages they have won for themselves over the years,...
  • Beer and Wine Wholesalers Deliver Themselves Regulatory Privileges

    07/26/2011 12:45:27 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/25/2011 | Michael LaFaive
    It is counterintuitive, but many businesses actually want to be regulated. Regulation can raise the cost to upstarts entering a particular field and provide businesses with the opportunity to influence — if not write — the actual legislation under which they will operate. A good example of this involves beer and wine wholesaling, which in many states involves a government mandate that forces suppliers of alcohol to grant exclusive territorial monopolies for their products to wholesalers. Recently, wholesalers have expended a great deal of effort to strengthen with federal laws their protected status in the states. It should not surprise...
  • Russia classifies beer as alcoholic

    07/21/2011 3:52:52 PM PDT · by varyouga · 25 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 7/21/11 | BBC
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill that officially classifies beer as alcoholic. Until now anything containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has been considered a foodstuff. The move, signed into law on Wednesday, will allow ministers to control the sale of beer in the same way that spirits are controlled. Russian alcohol consumption is already twice the critical level set by the World Health Organization. Although vodka has long been the traditional tipple in Russia, beer has soared in popularity, being marketed as a healthier alternative to spirits. Over the past decade, beer sales in Russia have...
  • One by one, Minnesota bars get tapped out [Government shutdown]

    07/13/2011 3:31:11 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 35 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | July 12, 2011 - 10:58 PM | by: ERIC ROPER
    Hundreds of bars, restaurants and stores across Minnesota are running out of beer and alcohol and others may soon run out of cigarettes -- a subtle and largely unforeseen consequence of a state government shutdown. In the days leading up to the shutdown, thousands of outlets scrambled to renew their state-issued liquor purchasing cards. Many of them did not make it. Now, with no end in sight to the shutdown, they face a summer of fast-dwindling alcohol supplies and a bottom line that looks increasingly bleak. The Ugly Mug doesn't have enough beer to get through the baseball season. "Our...
  • Time to Kill the Michigan Alcohol Monopoly

    07/11/2011 6:19:10 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/5/2011 | Michelle Minton
    In the June 2011 issue of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association (MBWWA) newsletter, President Michael Lashbrook reaffirmed his organization’s endorsement of the Community Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness (CARE) Act of 2011, which would strip away the protections alcoholic products currently have under federal law against discriminatory state-based regulations. Lashbrook said the CARE Act simply “reaffirms that alcohol is different from other consumer products and should continue to be regulated by the states.” In reality, wholesalers in Michigan and around the nation are trying to protect their regional monopolies on alcohol distribution by preventing consumers from purchasing beer, wine, or...