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Rogue’s Paint the Can Dead Contest is Back for Year Two


For the second year in a row, Rogue Ales & Spirits is celebrating its flagship beer with the ‘Paint the Can Dead’ campaign. Starting today, Rogue is challenging fans to create their own original Dead Guy inspired can art on a special edition blank white can. New this year, a panel of celebrity judges will pick the grand prize winner to receive a $2000 cash prize. Twenty-four weekly runner-up prizes will also be awarded throughout the competition.
Read More at Rogue’s Paint the Can Dead Contest

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A Pilgrimage To Meet Germany’s Last Beer-Brewing Nun


It seems that every town in the southern German state of Bavaria — no matter how small — has a brewery, and beer is brewed by all sorts of people. And before you judge farmer Zausinger for his morning beer run, consider who he bought it from: Sister Doris Engelhard, a 72-year-old Franciscan nun. She claims to be the world’s last nun brewmeister, and woe unto anyone who would argue that title. Read or listen to more at NPR

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No-Mo Homebrew in Antarctica?

Australian Scientists in Antarctica Aren’t Allowed to Brew Their Own Beer Anymore
And researchers will only be able to bring in half as much alcohol as was previously allowed.
Most people don’t need much to be happy. You give me some good records and a case of beer, and I could be left alone for days. But if you only gave me half a case of beer? Well, that could be trouble. It’s a dilemma Australian scientists holed up in Antarctica are going to have to deal with. The Australian government is planning to seriously tighten alcohol rules at their stations — including slashing the amount of beer, wine, and spirits expeditioners can take to the icy continent nearly in half.
Read More at Food & Wine

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There Are Italian Villages That Will Pay You To Move There and Start a Business

(CNN) —
These pretty Italian villages want to pay you $33,000 to move in
Ever dreamed of opening an artisan boutique and settling down for good in an idyllic village in Italy’s deep south where it’s warm almost all year-round — and get paid to do it?
For those willing to take the plunge, it could soon no longer be just a dream.
The region of Calabria plans to offer up to €28,000 ($33,000) over a maximum of three years to people willing to relocate to sleepy villages with barely 2,000 inhabitants in the hope of reversing years of population decline.
These include locations near the sea or on mountainsides — or both.
This isn’t money for nothing, however. To get the funds, new residents must also commit to kickstarting a small business, either from scratch or by taking up preexisting offers of specific professionals wanted by the towns.
There are a few other catches, too.
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Washington State approves beer sales at axe tossing joint

In first for Washington, state finally approves beer sales at Capitol Hill axe tossing joint Blade and Timber
Capitol Hill’s axe throwing bar will finally be a bar. The state liquor board has finally approved Blade and Timber’s application ending years of back and forth between the venue and officials over allowing participants to purchase alcohol at the Broadway venue.
It’s a historic moment, the company says, for beer and axes.
“This victory marks the first time in Washington state’s history to grant a designated axe throwing venue approval to serve alcohol while patrons throw axes,” a release on the approval reads.
Blade and Timber is calling the approval a “pilot” and says sales under its new snack bar liquor license can begin Friday:
The venue will be the first axe throwing experience in the state to pilot serving beer. The approach includes a multitude of measures to prioritize guest safety above all. Safety measures include restricting guests 21 years or older to two beers during their 90-minute axe throwing session. Further, guests are trained by certified staff prior to handling an axe and will throw in fully enclosed lanes.
The decision is a triumph for axe tossers looking to unwind and internet commenters across Capitol Hill who take joy in pointing out the inherent hilarious danger of mixing the throwing of sharp items with liquor. It will also help the Blade and Timber chain continue to operate in Seattle.
Read More Via Top of the Town

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Oldest known whiskey bottle to be auctioned

World’s ‘oldest currently known whiskey bottle’ to be auctioned in June
A bottle of Old Ingledew Whiskey that has been dubbed the “oldest currently known whiskey bottle” is set to be auctioned in June by Boston-based Skinner Auctions.

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Credit: Skinner Auctioneers
The front of the bottle is embossed with lettering that states it’s from Evans & Ragland in La Grange, Georgia. Meanwhile, the back has a typed note taped to it that advises that “This Bourbon was probably made prior to 1865.”

Now, since “prior to 1865” is a relatively open-ended time scale, Skinner’s rare spirits expert Joseph Hyman extracted small amount of liquid using a needle, so that it could be sent off for carbon dating.

The result? Scientists from the University of Georgia and the University of Glasgow judged the most likely date range for the bourbon to be between 1763 to 1803, with 81.1 percent probability.

“The age was a shocking surprise, albeit a pleasant one, for both myself and the scientist,” Hyman told Food and Wine.

The auction will run from June 22 to 30, organized by Skinner Auctioneers.

Meanwhile, we previously reported that whisky brand Fistful of Bourbon would pay someone $100,000 to be its next hand model. “Here at Fistful of Bourbon, we’re looking for a new leading star, someone that can truly wow us with their panache,” said Anthony Bohlinger, US brand ambassador at Fistful of Bourbon. Find out more about that here.

Via The Drinks Business

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Dogs of Ninkasi Photo Contest!


DOES YOUR DOG EMBODY THE PERSONALITY OF ONE OF OUR BEERS? SHOW US WITH A PHOTO AND WIN SWEET PRIZES!
To enter, share a photo of your dog on Instagram representing one of our beers and don’t forget to tag us @ninkasibrewing so we see it. (Don’t have Instagram? You can email us your entry at info@ninkasibrewing.com.) All entries must be received by July 4th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be selected and announced by July 31st. Good luck!
THE RULES
Photos must include: 1) your dog, and 2) a Ninkasi beer. Bonus points will be given for props and costumes that help embody the Ninkasi beer your dog is showcasing. For example, Penny the Red Heeler above is showcasing Dawn of the Red with Dawn of the Red props. This part is open for interpretation of what the beer means to you.
Deadline to enter is Sunday, July 4th at 11:59pm PST.
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Brewdog CEO Reveals Dragon’s Den Investors Missed Out On £360M Payday

BREWDOG CEO REVEALS DRAGON’S DEN INVESTORS MISSED OUT ON £360M AFTER PRODUCERS REJECTED THEIR SCREEN TEST
James Watt, the CEO and co-founder of craft beer giant BrewDog, has revealed that the Dragon’s Den investors missed out on “by far the best deal” in the show’s history after producers rejected their screen test.
Via The Drinks Business

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Beer thieves trash pub when keg heist goes awry

Beer thieves left red-faced, trash pub as keg heist goes wrong
Five beer thieves who attempted to steal kegs of beer left for collection outside the The Twa Tams in Perth, Scotland, trashed the pub after their heist went awry. The robbers attempted to make off with the kegs at around 8.20pm on 13 March, only to discover that they were empty and contained no beer, according to the Daily Record. Realising their error of judgement, four of the five fled the scene but a fifth, apparently incensed, threw a keg through the bar’s antique stained glass window, shattering it.
Via The Drinks Business

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Thieves steal beer that was barrel ageing underwater

Three breweries based in Mar del Plata in Argentina have been left mystified after barrels containing 600 litres of beer were stolen from an underwater shipwreck where they were being aged for several months. As reported by local news site La Capital, breweries Heller, La Paloma and Baum had teamed up with the Thalassa Diving School in order to carry out an underwater beer ageing project.
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Beer Spa Opens in Denver

The Beer Spa by Snug, a “wellness spa offering therapeutic beer bath treatments” has opened its doors in Denver, Colorado. The spa includes four private beer therapy rooms and a high-tech relaxation lounge, alongside a ten-tap self-pour taproom. Each therapy room features a cedar hot tub for hops, barley, and herb-infused hydrotherapy treatments, as well as an infrared sauna, rain shower, and relaxation deck.
Via ProBewer.com

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Free Beer & Dessert Tasting Webinar 12/17

Siebel Holiday Special – Beer & Dessert Tasting
By Lallemand Brewing
Siebel’s Holiday Special:

Beer and Dessert Pairing Event

Join and help us bring that extra special cheers at our holiday celebration live event. You are highly encouraged to eat and drink with us to experience the balance of harmonizing beer and desserts. Here is our lineup and suggestion for beer and dessert options:

Special Guest: John Mallet
Bell’s Lager of the Lakes + Pistachio Gelato
Beer Substitutes: Pilsner Urquell, Raderberger Pilsner, Konig Pilsner, Kromacher Pils

Special Guest: Josh Deth
Revolution Brewing Fistmas + Carrot Cake
Beer Substitutes: Gouden Carolus Noel Christmas Ale, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Anchor Christmas Ale

Special Guest: Mike Siegel
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout + Chocolate Lava Cake
Beer Substitutes: North Coast Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Rasputin, Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard, Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout.

For additional information, visit our Facebook live event page.
Cheers and Happy Holidays,

The Siebel Institute of Technology team.
*17th of December at:
11:30 pm Paris
5:30 pm NYC
9:30 am Sydney (+1 day)

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How this brewer’s cancer diagnosis inspired his incredible thirst for life

Chicago native Jonny Coffman was working his way up in the bar industry, from bartender to brand ambassador for Goose Island Brewery, when he received a stage 3 melanoma diagnosis and was given 3-5 years to live. Instead of giving up, he put his strength and senses on full display.
Video Via NBC Today Show – Beer ambassador survives stage 3 cancer — and has a brew made in his honor