Archive for April, 2006

Not exactly all the pleasures of beer

Monday, April 17th, 2006

The headline from the New Scientist reads: “All the pleasures of alcohol, with no downsides.” The discussion is about a “cocktail of drugs that mimics the pleasurable effects of alcohol without the downsides.” Pay close attention. Alcohol exerts its effects on the brain mainly by latching onto signalling molecules called GABA-A receptors. There are dozens […]

New CAMRA site

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

CAMRA redesigns its website. Although the organization has always been politically active, that purpose is even clearer no. CAMRA Head of Marketing Louise Ashworth said in the press release: “One of the main aims of the new site is to have more of a campaigning focus and enable consumers to get involved in some key […]

New beers: American style

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Dad’s Little Helper Malt Liquor. The Rogue press release points out “this ain’t your Dad’s malt liquor. Brewmaster John Maier has Roguerized the recipe by adding 40% Midwest corn, lightly hopping it with Oregon Crystal Hops, and then lagering it at a warmer temperature to help bring out the sweet, crisp flavors of the corn.” […]

Dogfish offers ‘Off-centered Films’

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Dogfish Head in Delaware has announced a film competition. Like everything else from Dogfish it will be a little different. We heartily believe in the DIY-grassroots-david- beats-goliath approach. And now we want to give independent-minded, aspiring filmmakers the chance to let their own freak-flags fly by making their own films that celebrate the perseverance of […]

Laws tough on New Jersey brewers

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Microbeer blues: “New Jersey has the dubious distinction of being one of the more difficult states in which to do business,” said Greg Zaccardi, owner of the High Point Wheat Beer Co. And it’s not getting easier.

Stone’s Bastard Oxide

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Catching up on this one, since we were away on April Fool’s Day. Even though Stone Brewing can be counted on for something outlandish on April 1 every year the brewery apparently still fooled a few folks with an announcement it is entering the energy drink market with a drink called Bastard Oxide. According to […]

They didn’t like the beer

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Anheuser-Busch recently and quietly – we haven’t seen a press release – rolled out a beer called Wild Hop. The San Francisco Chronicle invited two representatives from Whole Foods to join in a blind tasting, given that Whole Foods is the kind of store Anheuser-Busch hopes will sell Wild Hop. Wild Hop finished last in […]