Police issue advisory to the public over beer cans identified in ongoing investigation
Police have concerns some cans of a distinctive beer circulating in the community could be contaminated with methamphetamine.
This has come to light as Auckland City Police continue to investigate an importation of methamphetamine into New Zealand contained in cans of beer.
The specific beer is called ‘Honey Bear House Beer’ and is packaged in a distinctive blue and red aluminium can. This shipment were of 473ml cans with a picture of a red bear.
It is not believed this beer is available to be purchased in New Zealand and no other brand is involved in this shipment.
Police believe it is unlikely that any cans from this shipment have been sold over the counter or online, however part of the shipment may have been given away or passed on between associates.
We are advising anyone in possession of these cans that there is a risk they could be contaminated with methamphetamine.
Consuming beer contaminated with methamphetamine may have serious or fatal medical consequences.
Police ask anyone who might be in possession of a can of ‘Honey Bear House Beer’ to not drink it.
Police is continuing with the investigation and due to the ongoing nature will be limited in further comment on those aspects.
The immediate priority is to advise anyone in possession of the cans to avoid consuming the beverage and to notify us.
It is anticipated further investigation updates may be available in the coming days.
An Entire Tennessee Town Is Covered in ‘Whiskey Fungus’
“If you take your fingernail and run your fingernail down our tree branch, it will just coat the tip of your finger.”
Residents of Lincoln County, a community of 35,000 in southern Tennessee, say they’ve had enough of the black mold quickly coating their homes, streets, and public spaces. And they’re ready to make Jack Daniel’s fix it.
As Insider explains, the mold, known as baudoinia compniacensis, or by its nickname “whiskey fungus,” grows thanks to the ethanol vapor given off by whiskey distilleries, or in this case, the one by Jack Daniel’s located in town. In 2018, the liquor company built six barrel houses there and was going to construct 14 more before a recent lawsuit curtailed those plans.
Christi Long, who operates a local events company at her more than 100-year-old mansion in the community, filed a lawsuit in January against the county, citing that the barrelhouses lack the proper permits for operation, The New York Times reports. And, Lincoln County Chancellor J.B. Cox agreed, ruling that Jack Daniel’s must cease construction until it obtains the necessary permits.
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A beer made in Australia has been recalled for containing “excess alcohol,” health officials said.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand said the watermelon sour beer, produced by Your Mates Brew Pub, poses a risk for illness/injury due to secondary fermentation.
According to Beer & Brewing, secondary fermentation refers to “any phase of fermentation following the very active ‘primary’ fermentation, but before complete removal of the yeast. In lager beers, secondary fermentation can refer to the period of maturation and lagering, during which important flavor changes occur, particularly reabsorption of diacetyl by yeast.”
B&B says amateur brewers use the term to refer to an aging period after the primary stage of fermentation that usually involves moving the young beer to a separate fermentation vessel to remove it from dormant yeast. The sour beer was sold online and in certain Australian stores. Customers are encouraged to dispose of the alcohol and contact the company for reimbursement.
Panama’s Blooming Craft Beer Scene Is Shaking Up an Import-Heavy Market
The various influences of Spain, Colombia, France, and America on Panama are nowhere more evident than in Panama City’s Casco Antiguo district. In 16th-century Spanish ruins among a UNESCO World Heritage site sits American Bazaar, a tribute to a turn-of-the-century department store and one of the city’s newest restaurants. The food and music are definitely American, and the beer taps will remind you of those at your favorite brew pub. But with names like Fula, Chivo Perro, and Guachimán, Americans won’t find these at their local bodegas or corner bars.
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Developmental Pathways Hosts Event at Brewability and Partners with Community Advocates to Encourage People with Disabilities to Vote
The nonprofit will host a premiere party for “My Vote Matters” music video at the Englewood-based brewery on Sept. 15 to drive voter registration and education.
Since its inception in 2016, Brewability has been serving up inclusivity alongside beer and pizza. Founded by a former special education teacher, Brewability is a brewery and pizzeria staffed primarily by people with developmental disabilities. Located in Englewood, Colorado, this establishment is where good food, good drinks, and good times are accessible to everyone. From hand-crafted brews to a bone-conduction, vibrational dance floor, Brewability is on the forefront of fun and inclusivity.
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Singapore’s national water agency wants to educate people on water use through brews.
Singapore’s national water agency, PUB, has found a new way to raise awareness of its water conservation methods: beer, made from purified wastewater.
Made by brewery Brewerkz, NEWBrew is made from NEWater, upcycled from the city-state’s sewers, to educate Singaporeans on the importance of water recycling. The beer went on sale this past April.
“I seriously couldn’t tell this was made of toilet water,” beer buyer/drinker Chew Wei Lian told Bloomberg. “I don’t mind having it if it was in the fridge. I mean, it tastes just like beer, and I like beer.”
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ProBrewer and the MJF have combined forces to help bring diversity to American brewhouses. And thanks to the generosity of Brooklyn Brewery, donations received through May 1st will be matched in full by the brewery, up to $100,000. Please help us make the most of this challenge grant by donating to the MJF in the run-up to this year’s BA Craft Brewer’s Conference in Minneapolis.
What’s this “challenge grant”?
The Brooklyn Brewery has offered to fund a permanent endowment for the MJF with a dollar-for-dollar match on all donations made in the run-up to the Craft Brewer’s Conference (May 2nd – 5th, 2022). For every dollar you donate, Brooklyn Brewery will match your donation up to $100,000. This means that if you donate $25, the MJF receives $50; if you donate $2,500, the MJF gets $5k, etc. It’s really that simple… but it’s a challenge grant, so we only get these funds if the industry steps up to support us. We’re especially grateful to ProBrewer for partnering with us on this amazing opportunity to double the value of your donation. We can only do this with the support of people like you!
A diverse, inclusive and equitable brewing industry is a healthy brewing industry, and it’s what we all want to see. So please join ProBrewer and the MJF as we work with Brooklyn Brewery to help make this industry the kind of inviting place we always wanted it to be.
In collaboration with the Seibel Institute of Technology, the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is offering a full-tuition brewing education scholarship in 2022. The scholarship is a full tuition grant and comes with a travel/lodging stipend.
The scholarship is for the World Brewing Academy (WBA) Concise Course in Brewing Technology in Chicago, November 3-14, 2022. The WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology is a two-week intensive program that covers every topic critical to successful brewery operations. The course is designed for brewers pursuing a wider knowledge of professional brewing standards and techniques to advance their brewing careers as well as individuals planning to enter the brewing industry. The WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology scholarship includes a $1,000 stipend to help offset travel and lodging expenses.
Applicants must be from the states Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Alaska, and Hawaii. The scholarship is open to both homebrewers and professional brewers.
Note that the full application must be received no later than May 11, 2022.
Complete details and scholarship application is available at https://siebelinstitute.com/about-us/studying-at-siebel/scholarships
The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for professional and aspiring craft brewers to further their knowledge and expertise. The Falconer Foundation has granted 50 scholarships since 2004.
For more information on the Foundation please visit www.glenfalconerfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook.
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First started in 2019, Canadian Beer Day is dedicated to celebrating beer and the thousands of Canadians involved in the brewing, selling, delivering, serving – and enjoying – Canada’s favorite beverage loved by millions across the country. The celebration, which occurs every year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, recognizes and celebrates beer and breweries in Canada and the workers directly involved in beer’s supply chain – agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, and hospitality.
“Beer brings Canadians together, and it’s been a part of our country’s culture and communities for generations. The last 18 months have been a challenging time for Canadians and businesses, specifically those in hospitality and tourism, making beer’s role in bringing friends and family together more important than ever,” said Dana Miller, Interim Director, Communications and Engagement for Beer Canada.
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San Francisco issued a new public health order Thursday that makes proof of full vaccination mandatory for entering a variety of indoor businesses, becoming the first major U.S. city to institute such a rule.
Mark Craig, of Lisburn, Northern Ireland, discovered one of the 50 gold cans in his case of BrewDog. Despite being advertised as “solid gold” and worth £15,000, Mr. Craig has been left disappointed when it turned out the can was mostly made of brass.
As part of a promotional campaign, the Scottish Brewer advertised the chance to discover a “solid gold” can of its flagship Punk IPA beer.
Craig had hoped to fund his wedding by selling the gold can.
“Sales of Punk presumably went through the roof,” Craig said, per The Guardian.
Unfortunately, The Guardian reports that a certificate provided by BrewDog shows that the can is actually only gold-plated. It’s coated in gold plating three thousandths of a millimetre thick.
Despite this, the brewer said it stood by its valuation of the cans at £15,000 “based on multiple factors”
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When they say poke, we say pint.
Now through June 30, your local taproom can offer a free beer to guests who show proof of their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Washington Brewers Guild, which advocates on behalf of the state’s craft beer industry, introduced its “Pokes for Pints” campaign this week. In addition to the complimentary drink, breweries can participate by hosting a pop-up clinic on location, in conjunction with their local health department.
The catch? The freebie is only available if you receive your first or second dose between May 15, when the state liquor board approved the promotion, and the end of June.
“We were hearing a lot of chatter amongst members that were interested in assisting with the effort,” said Annie McGrath, executive director of the Brewers Guild. “It makes a lot of sense, since breweries are hubs for their communities and have found creative ways to support their communities throughout the pandemic.”
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Trappist Monks Take On Big Business in Spring Water Beer Battle
In a tale of two extremes reminiscent of David and Goliath, a small monastery known for its commitment to manual labor and rigorous prayer schedule is pitted against a multinational corporation backed by one of the wealthiest families in Belgium.
The monastery, Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy, is at odds with a neighboring quarry owned and operated by the multi-billion dollar firm Lhoist over a shared water supply. That long-standing battle appears to now be coming to a close, after the monastery won the favor of the court in a ruling that declared that Lhoist lacks the right to “remove or divert all or part of the water which supply the abbey,” The Guardian reports.
The Benedictine monastery in southern Belgium is one of only 14 in the world authorized to brew Trappist beer. The monks utilize spring water that is hand-drawn from a well in the monastery to brew their unique beer known for sweet caramel notes and grainy flavors.
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Free beer, donuts and more: 12 reasons to get your COVID-19 vaccine
In a bid to get as many people vaccinated as possible, companies and local governments are giving away these freebies.
Not only will your COVID-19 vaccine assist in protecting you from the virus, but it can get you so much free stuff. Companies, organizations and even local governments are offering incentives to those getting their coronavirus vaccines — all you need is to show your vaccine card.
These incentives are especially helpful in urging more and more people to get both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna shots, as recent data has shown that some people are skipping the second shot. Though the CDC has pointed out mild side effects that most people experience after the second vaccine shot, it still largely does not compare to actually having COVID-19. If having to get two shots is part of the concern, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine works in just one dose.
Aside from brands offering incentives, some employers are also offering a perk, whether it’s paid time off or a cash bonus. Ask your own employer if you aren’t sure if there’s a perk — you might be pleasantly surprised. To take advantage of all these perks on offer, you have to do your part and get vaccinated first. Here’s everything your vaccine card will get you.