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Butt Seriously, Folks, Dept.: The “Godfather of Beer-Butt Chicken,” Rick Browne, host of public television’s “Barbecue America,” will be using a Chinese roasting box to cook an 80-pound pig at the 16th annual Bones & Brew Festival in Portland, Ore. The festival will be a celebration of the American backyard barbecue. Butt wait! Couldn’t the Godfather of Beer-Butt Chicken do something similar with Mr. Pig? Why not stick a five-gallon beer keg up the pig’s, ah, nether regions and call it beer-butt pig?… Maybe his encore could be a full-sized keg for beer-butt cow… a seven-gallon grundy for beer-butt elephant?…

It may be DP (Dom Pérignon) for the wealthy Texas shopper, but DB is the new hot brand for dogs Down Under. DB, or Dog Beer, was the brainchild of Australian pet store owner Elise Schumacher. Schumacher saw how much her dogs loved beer, so she invented Dog Beer, a beef-flavored beer with no alcohol. “Dogs really love human beer, but it’s bad for them,” she said. “The hops in beer could cause dogs to have seizures,” and the alcohol is no good, as it makes them hit on other dogs clearly out of their league. She brewed DB to her own recipe after taste-testing various beef stock ingredients. “I have drunk it. It tastes like beef and smells like beer,” she said. DB is packaged in brown beer bottles and is priced around the same as human beer, at $5 (Australian) a bottle. “Male customers like to buy it,” she said, and she noted that the summer is the best selling period. After a hard day of chasing your tail, relax with a DB and say, “Woof!”…

According to our Southern beer scribe Bobby Bush (who knows about such things), 5 Seasons Brewing Company’s head brewer, Kevin McNerney, hosted the brewpub’s Six Degrees of Kevin and Bacon beer dinner, which paired beer from several Georgia breweries with food prepared from “our favorite food group: bacon.” Oink! Let’s see, I like beer with breakfast, eggs work well, and… bacon! Did that in only three degrees…

It’s the water, comrade: Molson Coors Brewing Company is entering the vast Russian beer market with its Coors Light beer as it seeks a piece of that $21 billion (U.S.) market and a greater footprint abroad. This begs the question: Could this be the end of détente? Molson Coors introduced Coors Light earlier this year in grocery stores, convenience stores and select bars in the Moscow region (what would Tolstoy say?) and plans to expand distribution later. The company also announced deals involving Spain, Vietnam and China. And you thought the Lone Ranger was the only one adept with a Silver Bullet…

A caller let the Celebrator know that the listing for Barley & James homebrew supply store was out-of-date. The business is closed, and the phone number now belongs to… wait for it… a porn line! Sorry, it’s been removed from the Celebrator… but back issues will still have the number… you pervert…

Talk about drowning your sorrows! Dean Gunnarson risked more than that when the world-renowned escape artist was handcuffed and locked in a 240-litre metal drum filled with beer in front of fans at a Winnipeg bar. The drum overflowed beer as Gunnarson was submerged in it by his assistants. The lid was then chained shut with a combination lock, and a fist-sized hole in the lid was his only route out. After two minutes, a hand popped out of the hole in the lid and started frantically working the combination lock. Some 35 seconds later, Gunnarson undid the lock and pushed the lid open. An unusual stunt for a man who doesn’t drink. The beer, he said, presented some unique challenges. “My fingers are kind of cold from the beer… and I’ve got beer in my eyes.” He said his parents still worry about him (really?), but sometimes for different reasons. “My dad was worried that I was wasting all that good beer,” he chuckled. The boozy atmosphere of Gunnarson’s escape was aided by some of the actors from the “Trailer Park Boys,” the Halifax-based TV series about a group of perpetually intoxicated residents of a fictional mobile home park. Ah, Canadian culture, eh?…

 

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