Here’s news making the rounds in the beer world:
-Officials at an Illinois high school are upset after someone slipped a photo of a girl holding a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon into the annual year book. It remains to be seen if they were more upset about the photo itself, or that someone was caught holding a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
-The NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets want beer taxed to help pay for their arena. The folks from Anheuser-Busch think that’s a bad idea. The Thirsty Beagle thinks putting a NHL hockey team in Columbus was a bad idea.
-Would you like a large beer to drink? Just win the German soccer league title. Yet another underrated aspect of professional soccer in Europe.
-Thanks to the dismal economy, beer drinkers who are loyal to a brand are buying less beer, or trading down to a cheaper brand, beer experts say.
-Here’s the story of a man who has spent years trying to perfect a robot that will bring him a beer.
-And lastly, (this one could fall in The Thirsty Beagle’s “Giving Beer a Bad Name” folder) a hearse driver in Bogota, Colombia, is in hot water after failing to deliver a body to a cemetery for several hours because he had stopped at a hotel for a beer.
I’ve seen what some people wear to Walmart; what in the world does Debra Jackson wear to the Dollar Palace?
Mrs. Beagle passed this link along to me. It’s a quiz of your beer IQ. Some of the questions are softballs, some come at you more like hard sliders. See how well you do. Along the way, you’ll learn that:
-The recipe for the most expensive bottle of beer ever sold was taken from the tomb walls of the ancient Egyptian boy king, Tutankhamen.
-Ancient Egyptians believed beer foam mixed with half an onion could ward off death.
-Before beer was sold in bottles, beer lovers would bring a bucket with them to the tavern and fill it up before heading home for the evening.
Those of you out there like me, who maybe back in the 80s had the original Nintendo system, will remember those tense moments of finally reaching the pinnacle of sports gaming accomplishment: Beating Mike Tyson in Mike Tyson’s Punch Out. Yes, sir, those were heady days. I still remember being so nervous and jumpy on the controller those first few times matching up against Iron Mike. Tyson would give a twitch, you’d react and slide over to the left to avoid the punch, but it was a fake, and when Little Mac arrived back in the middle of the screen, he was met with a vicious knockdown punch. Damn those nerves. But eventually, you settle down, know when to dodge and when not to, and you beat Tyson. It’s one of those times you walk around your house with your arms raised, celebrating the victory. Well, those days are making a comeback. Feast your eyes on THIS! That’s right, Punch Out is back! It’s not entirely clear to me who the featured heavyweight is; we can all be pretty sure it’s not Tyson. Either way, TTB is looking forward to this one!
The Thirsty Beagle reported earlier how a bill to allow beer with an alcohol content of greater than 6 percent was making it’s way through the Alabama Legislature. Well Alabama beer fans rejoice! The bill was passed and has been signed into law by the governor. The only problem: That’s one less state for The Thirsty Beagle to make fun of. Oh well, we’ve still got Arkansas and Louisiana, right?
Update to previous post: Stupid Blue Jays. In my previous post, I mentioned how the Jays were putting the finishing touches on the Orioles today. When I typed that, they had an 8-3 lead entering the eighth. They then proceeded to immediately give up five runs in the eighth, somehow force the game into the 11th with their self-destructing bull pen, get a two-run shot in the top half of the 11th to go up 10-8, then give up four runs — the last three on a walk-off home run — to lose. Have I mentioned that I hate the Blue Jays bull pen? I AM ANGRY NOW!
A would-be robber in Lincoln, Neb., was caught on surveillance video holding up a convenience store, and as you can see in this video, he had quite the interesting choice of a disguise. While it’s relatively comical that a man tried to rob a convenience store wearing a box from an 18-pack of Bud Light cans on his head — and using the holes in the carrying handle for eye holes — I’m a little concerned about the state of law enforcement in Lincoln. If you watch the video, notice the detective who laughs about the fact she’s not sure if the disguise was just that, a disguise used during a robbery, or an attempt to be funny. Here’s a news flash: Bud Light box or not, a robbery is pretty serious. But apparently, in Lincoln, Neb., so long as you’re wearing a Bud Light box on your head, we can all get together over at the department and have a good laugh about it!
TTB Sports Update: As I write this, the Toronto Blue Jays are well on their way — fingers crossed here — to snapping a dreadful eight-game losing streak. Now, if you don’t care about baseball, I’m inviting you to tune out here. But if you, like me, have a man crush on Roy Halladay, then feel free to read on. Let’s all just admit it: Roy Halladay is the best. The Jays — who have gone from 3.5 games up on Boston in the AL East to 1.5 games back during the wretched losing streak — would have snapped the streak much earlier if not for wasting a Hallady gem during interleague play in Atlanta. Well you can’t stop Roy Halladay, you can only hope to contain him. He’s slicing and dicing his way through the Baltimore Orioles lineup as I type. I know it’s only one game, but if the Jays can right the ship, we may still be able to contend against the Yankees and Red Sox (and Rays). Anyway, TTB raises a glass to Roy Halladay!
And this from China: This has nothing to do with beer, or sports, but I still thought it was pretty damn funny. The lesson here: If you’re ready to hold up traffic for five hours, be prepared to get pushed off a bridge by an angry person who will have no remorse for doing it.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese man was pushed off a bridge by an angry passer-by after his threat to commit suicide held up traffic for five hours, Chinese media reported on Saturday.
Retired soldier Lian Jiansheng, 66, broke through a police cordon and reached out to shake the hand of would-be jumper Chen Fuchao before shoving him off the bridge.
“I pushed him off because jumpers like Chen are very selfish. Their action violates a lot of public interests,” Lai was quoted as saying by the China Daily newspaper.
“They do not really dare to kill themselves. Instead, they just want to raise the relevant government authorities’ attention to their appeals.”
Chen, 2 million yuan ($293,200) in debt because of a failed building project, fell 8 metres (yards) onto a partially inflated emergency air cushion and was hospitalized with wrist and back injuries. Lai was detained by police.
Chen was at least the twelfth person since early April to threaten suicide at the same spot, the Haizhu bridge in Guangzhou. But none jumped and — until Lian gave Chen a helping hand — none was pushed.
Got a note in my e-mail from Mustang Brewing Co. Word is their first beer, Mustang Golden Ale, will be available on tap and in kegs July 1. They expect to know by mid-June where you can get it on tap. Additionally, kegs will be available at Cellar Wine and Spirits locations in Oklahoma City and Norman. The e-mail also said a second beer, Mustang Amber Lager, will be available in bottles by Sept. 1. Feel free to post in the comments if you happen to try any of these beers.
Interesting — and for the beer fan, troubling — news here about a federal government plan to raise beer taxes to help pay for expanded health insurance for millions of Americans. The rationale: Raise taxes on things that contribute to poor health and increased medical costs in America. The Thirsty Beagle says this: Responsible consumption of beer doesn’t lead to poor health. Abuse of beer does. Just like abuse of any number of things can lead to poor health. TTB is not saying there’s an easy answer to funding health care in this country, but he is saying that it’s not fair to justify taxing people who enjoy beer responsibly to account for those who don’t. Your thoughts? Sound off in the comments section.
Check this report off the news wires:
LEON, N.Y. – Police cracking down on rowdy Amish youths ticketed a teenager for having beer in his horse-drawn buggy when they pulled him over on a western New York road. They said the 17-year-old was charged with underage possession of alcohol after he was stopped by deputies late Monday night in the town of Leon, 40 miles south of Buffalo.
Detective Nathan Root said the teen admitted drinking beer, but passed a field sobriety test.
Root says another Amish man in the buggy, a 22-year-old, was charged with providing the beer. Both are scheduled to be arraigned June 22.
Patrols were stepped up after an Amish elder’s property was vandalized when he confronted youths about their drinking and listening to radios.
Did a high-speed chase ensue before cops could pull the buggy over?