For the sake of maintaining the tradition and prestige of the Olympic Games, I’m going to throw down a ban against the Czech Republic from hosting the event at any time. If they ever overcome my ban and are to host the Olympics, you can bet you’ll see this introduced as an event. Actually, come to think of it, if they traded it off for modern pentathlon – perhaps the most bizarre combination of events ever — it might not be that bad.
Here’s an entry for The Thirsty Beagle’s Giving Beer a Bad Name category: A beer thief in Sacramento made off with some suds from a convenience store, but lost his pants in the process. Here’s the report:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A robber got away with beer from a Northern California market, but lost his pants in the process.
Police were called at 10:30 p.m. Thursday after the beer heist took place at the Sacramento market.
Employees told police that two male robbers went into the store, grabbed some beer and left without paying, a police report said.
Two employees followed the robbers outside and tried to stop them. A struggle ensued, during which time the pants of one of the robbers came off.
Both robbers managed to flee in a gray two-door sedan. Police did not offer a description of the robbers.
The Thirsty Beagle is a man of many interests, and preserving the Earth for my son is one of those interests. (I know, I know, pretty cheesy, but even the best beer drinkers have a few side projects on the go) So anyway, I thought this article was quite interesting. SABMiller says it will cut emissions on beer production in half by 2020, all the while producing even more beer. The company says it can do it by taking advantage of renewable energy, like rice husks in India, and using a lighter glass bottle that will last twice as long as today’s standard bottles.
July 1 is a big day for The Thirsty Beagle. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know TTB will celebrate Canada Day on July 1, undoubtedly enjoying some Molson or Labatt products in honor of the True North Strong and Free. But people in Oklahoma will have cause to celebrate as well. July 1 marks the debut on tap of Mustang Brewing Co.’s Mustang Golden Ale. Company president Tim Schoelen tells me the beer will be available at McNellie’s and Tapwerks. The company is also hosting a pint night at McNellie’s on July 13. Mustang Brewing Co. is generating some publicity this week, and Schoelen sent out a press release yesterday mentioning that the company is drawing a lot of interest from distributors in several states. In a classy move, Schoelen gave a shout out to some of Oklahoma’s other start-up craft breweries: COOP in Oklahoma City, Marshall in Tulsa, and Battered Boar. There’s not a lot of information out there right now on Battered Boar, except that it’s an OKC/Edmond brewery with plans to release three varieties in bottles starting next month. On a side note, if you’re with Battered Boar and would like to get the word out to TTB readers, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. But back to Mustang Golden Ale. TTB did a three part interview with Schoelen in January and February. If you’re interested in learning a little more about him and the company, click here, here and/or here.
You may have seen several golfers fall apart down the stretch battle to the end at today’s U.S. Open tournament. Lucas Glover winning was a classic case of a competitor not totally blowing it rising to the occasion to claim victory. But you may not have known that beer played a role in the golf tournament. And in the eyes of tournament organizers, it wasn’t a welcome role. Turns out the heckling from some of the New York fans was merciless, even bordering on classless, like making a crack about Phil Mickelson’s wife’s battle with cancer. The solution from officials? Restrict beer sales. The Thirsty Beagle has made this argument before and will make it again: Beer is not the problem. People are the problem. It’s just a shame a bunch of idiots are always ruining things for people who can enjoy beer in a classy way. You stay classy Thirsty Beagle fans!
Has anyone mentioned to you today that there’s only 78 days until the first Saturday of college football? Well, let The Thirsty Beagle be the first to bring that delightful little point to your attention. And since we’re talking about college football, I’ll use this opportunity to throw out a mini-diatribe on something that’s been bothering me for years: OU fans. Specifically, OU fans who put the upside-down Texas Longhorns logo on their car. I get it, you’re taking a jab at your hated rival. That’s all fine and dandy. But unless you just happened to find that metallic Longhorn decal or shiny sticker in a box on the side of the road, you probably had to buy it. Here’s a quick lesson in NCAA merchandising: School logo sells, school gets money. It’s pretty cut and dry. Texas Longhorns logos that sell benefit the University of Texas, and its athletic programs. Like, you know, the football team. So, for every upside down Longhorns logo you see on the back of a pickup in Oklahoma, picture Mack Brown rubbing his hands together and laughing uproariously. Don’t you get it folks?! You think you’re slamming your rival, but you’re really lining their already stuffed pockets! OK, diatribe over. Isn’t college football great?
One Japanese gold dealer would have you believe it. The mug is part of a new line of gold products designed by gold-maker Ginza Tanaka. They say that while drinking any beer is tasty, it’s a new experience drinking it from a golden mug. No kidding, because instead of drinking it from a standard pint glass, a bottle, a rounded tumbler or a — gasp — plastic cup, your drinking it from a FREAKING SOLID GOLD $50,000 MUG!!! You’d have the shakes just holding it, either from fear of dropping it or from fear of someone beating the crap out of you and stealing it. Anyway, you can read more about the mug here, and watch video footage of the mug here.
A bar in Spain has come up a novel idea to help its customers: Allowing them to curse the wait staff.
MADRID (Reuters) – A Spanish bar is encouraging clients to insult its staff and offering free drinks for original or hilarious abuse.
“When you come in after work, you can say swear at them,” said client Antonio Ossa, who told state news agency EFE the promotion by the “Casa Pocho” bar in the southern town of near Valencia seemed like a good idea to him.
Polish-born bar owner Bernard Mariusz said he thought people needed somewhere to release their frustrations at a time of , employing the ‘s rich store of earthy obscenities.
“That way they won’t let it out on their family,” he said.
I know times are tough for everyone, but if you’re using the economic crisis as an excuse to curse your family, you might have bigger problems.
TTB had this news tidbit passed his way recently:
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Ever wonder what the difference is between “tastes great” and “less filling?”
In one Atlantic City casino, it’s $5,000.
That’s how much the New Jersey Casino Control Commission fined Resorts Atlantic City on Wednesday for having mislabeled beer keg taps at one casino bar on two occasions last year.
In March, one tap was labeled “Miller Lite” and another one “Miller Genuine Draft.” But both taps were connected to a keg containing the light beer.
Regulators say a similar situation in August occurred in which taps labeled “Coors Original” and “Coors Light” were both dispensing the full-calorie, full-carb brew.
Resorts declined to comment.
Resorts might not comment, but you know The Thirsty Beagle will: Next time you’re at a casino and the choices are Miller Lite, Miller Genuine Draft, Coors Original and Coors Light, go to a new casino.
… Several of them would probably be expletives uttered by the truck driver who flipped his Miller truck in Chicago on Tuesday morning.
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