Here is news making the rounds in the beer world:
-The Thirsty Beagle earlier reported a beer brewing class at Colorado State University. Now another major college has joined the brewing trend. The University of Wisconsin will offer the class in the spring semester. Details here. The course instructor said the program is not so much about consumption of beer — “This is not a course to help kids go out and slam beers on Friday night,” he said — but more about the science behind fermentation. The course is actually part of the university’s bacteriology department. The class seems a natural for Madison because of the campus’ proximity to Milwaukee. Less fortunately, the school also has the highest binge-drinking rate in the country. But the prof said students will brew, sample and critique beer, and any excess brew will be unceremoniously dumped down the drain.
-Speaking of Wisconsin, the city council in Hudson, Wisc., recently approved a beer permit for a junior hockey league game consisting of players as young as 16. The Thirsty Beagle has gone on the record to say that if everyone’s following the rules, beer should be allowed where the law allows, but this one doesn’t seem right. Beer at a carnival or amusement park like Six Flags is one thing, but beer at a junior hockey game feels a lot like beer at a T-ball game, which sounds kind of trashy. A league organizer said he needs beer sales to help fund operations. The city council, meanwhile, was mainly concerned that if they allowed the hockey league to sell beer, then they might have to field a similar request from the Hudson Soccer Association. Look out Wisconsin: Here comes youth soccer hooliganism!
-What do you do in Ann Arbor, Mich., when someone hits you on the right side of the head with a beer bottle? You hit that person in the left eye with your fist and run home.
-Beer sales in emerging economies are declining, according to a news report, signalling a troubling time for small breweries.
-Yet another Wisconsin tidbit: A Milwaukee brewery has announced a new beer to coincide with a museum exhibit on the Titanic: Titanic Pilsner. The main difference is that this Titanic will only get better when it hits ice.
I had a good chuckle at this news report from right here in our fair state:
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A Lawton man who attempted to pay for his bar tab with gum wrappers was arrested after a scuffle with police.
Lawton police say 28-year-old Arnold Loren was arrested Tuesday night on a complaint of disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer.
A bartender told police the man was playing pool with an open bottle of beer, spilling beer on the table. She told police Loren first tried to pay his $32 tab with a credit card, which was declined.
When police arrived and ordered the man to pay his tab, they reported Loren began counting out gum wrappers as if they were cash.
Loren was arrested after police say he shoved an officer.
Next: The Thirsty Beagle goes to Best Buy and tries to purchase a flat screen with 1,500 chewed-up lollipop sticks.
I’m back from from a lovely weekend of football, beer and beautiful weather — some things were just made to go together. Here’s news that is making the rounds in the beer world:
-Students at Rice University are working on a beer that could help prevent cancer and heart disease.
-Miller is pulling one of its beers from the U.K.
-A New York couple is in hot water after serving beer to kids as young as 14 at a Halloween party, and charging the teens admission to get in.
-A day in the life of a beer delivery man.
-There are plenty of stories out there about people trying to steal beer from convenience or grocery stores, but how often do we see people trying to steal 23 cases of Corona from a railroad car?
A little late with the links this week, but here’s what is making news in the beer world:
-A British beer named after a military helicopter and created to raise funds for troops in England was so popular, the brewery is making it a regular staple.
-The controversy over Six Flags’ plan to sell beer at the Arlington, Texas, park — as relayed earlier by The Thirsty Beagle — continues.
-Miller is trying to expand the beer market in India.
-And finally, in the giving beer a bad name department, a sheer genius was caught with an open beer container in his vehicle. And a 4-year-old child in the back seat.
Here’s one from the beer crime blotter: A 54-year-old Florida man has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after striking his roommate on the forehead with a beer bottle. A 32-ounce beer bottle. Don’t get me started.
The Thirsty Beagle is a big-time proponent of responsible drinking. That being said, if you’re too young to drink, no beer for you. But if you’re going to try to break the rules to get beer anyway, this is really not something you should be involved in to get it.