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For your next brew, chew: In order to follow the authentic Peruvian method for making chicha, the corn must be milled and moistened in the mouth of the chicha-maker, known as the “chichaee.” The drinker is the “chichaor.” The “eew” factor is significant. Early American “chichaists” include the late “Beer King” Alan Eames and homebrew king Charlie Papazian, who wrote about their experiments with the Peruvian “beer” many years ago. The latest to throw his saliva into the ring is media maven Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head in Delaware. Sure, we’ve all spit in our beer, but usually not on purpose. Sam, who knows a thing or two about working the media, got a major story in The New York Times recently about making chicha with some local foodies. We don’t know if he’s come up with a name for the beer, but we’re pulling for Spitting Image IPA. Rumors have it that Sam is now working on getting the entire state of Delaware to chew up enough corn for a 100-barrel batch. It’s important to get the entire state so he can label it “Estate Chewed.” Chew betcha!…

Circulating the Internet is a video from a security camera in a Louisiana convenience store that shows a rather, um, substantial woman in a muumuu stealing a 12-pack of beer by putting it between her ample legs and waddling toward the door. This sort of woman is a keeper for the true beer aficionado… at least in Louisiana…

Gary Lohin, a legendary brewer from British Columbia with a passion for hops, never stops experimenting with new beer styles. His latest offering is, believe it or not, an energy drink! Perhaps similar to many currently on the market — the one that “gives you wings” comes to mind — his ingredients are the usual taurine, caffeine, vitamins, sugar and water. But his take on the genre has the addition of a little hemp. Gary has chosen the saucy name “BC Bud” for his new creation. No, seriously. This BC Bud’s for you! Go ahead, check it out at bcbud.ca and get back to me…

It seems like everyone is doing weird things with beer these days. Adam Avery, one of the famed “Brett Pack” five, recently performed an interesting molecular gastronomy demonstration at Avery Brewing in Boulder, Colo. Frozen beer foam was created by submerging the head from sweetened Avery White Rascal wit into liquid nitrogen at approximately -320. You’re going to need some new equipment to duplicate this one. The result was a sort of beer-flavored snowball. In another experiment, “hop caviar” was created by mixing hop tea with sodium alginate and dripping it into a bowl of calcium chloride. This produced little squishy hop balls that an observer described as “hoppy snot.” Thank Dan Rabin for that contribution. That snot funny, Dan…

Beer blogger extraordinaire Jay Brooks claims to be experiencing the early onset of Ales-heimer’s. I guess that’s where you just had a beer but you can’t remember what it was. Let’s hope he finds his way back from the pub…

Brick Brewing Company, the Ontario, Canada–based craft brewer, is suing its founder for $1 million (Canadian) for “wrongs against the corporation” causing “significant damages,” the company said. Brick Brewing said its lawyers served papers on founder and former chairman James Brickman. Brick Brewing has not detailed the specific allegations. Mr. Brickman founded the brewery in 1984, retired in December 2008 and left the board in February 2009. In April, the company posted a net loss of $7.5 million. Just recently, the discount brewer said it was slapped with a lawsuit alleging that its Red Baron Lime infringes on trademarks and copyrights of Bud Light Lime, the popular brew from Anheuser-Busch InBev SA and its Canadian division, Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd. The claim asks for damages and an injunction to prevent Brick from continuing to sell its lime beer. Brick vowed to fight the legal action, depicting the clash as a classic David-and-Goliath tale — even as one of its executives admitted that the company had rushed its lime beer into stores as a copycat product this summer to capitalize on Bud Light Lime’s explosive growth. They put the lime in the coconut…

It is with mixed emotion that we report that Back Street Brewery Irvine brewer Dave Moody’s significant other, Tami, has been undergoing breast cancer treatment for the past few months. While the news is disheartening, it is wonderful to see the community unite in assisting Tami. The folks at Fox Barrel Cider (specifically Bruce Nissen) are in the process of releasing 25 kegs of barrel-aged cider and are donating the profit to Tami’s cause. In addition, two of the barrels (when empty) will be used by Back Street Ladera brewer Ryan Aikens to age his Belgian Brown. This beer will then be blended back into a 10-barrel batch and sold at all four Back Street locations, with $2 per pint donated to help offset Tami’s medical bills. Many thanks also go to Crosby & Baker for underwriting all of the malt for this most worthy project. Beer (and cider) people are the best…

 

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