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Brasserie Cantillon is the bomb. We know that. But where to store all those barrels for aging once the brewery is full? How about a nearby a bomb shelter. “The idea to start this project came to me when I visited a Champagne house,” brewmaster Jean Van Roy says. “They had great cellars, with bottles aging in beautiful conditions. I wanted to do the same with Cantillon.” The problem: Cantillon is running out of space in its circa-1900 brewery near Brussels’s Midi train station. “Making lambic beer is a time-consuming process, and we need a lot of space for all of our wooden barrels,” says Van Roy. “I contacted the city of Brussels, and they agreed to collaborate.” The solution? An old bomb shelter underneath a park near the Leopold tunnel in central Brussels. “It’s a fine location for a cellar, and there is some family brewing history here,” Van Roy says. “My great-great-grandfather, René Troch, worked with lambic beer nearby. It makes this location very special. We have a 30-year lease from the city for free,” Van Roy adds, grinning. “It’s a very good situation.” Let’s hope it comes with security, n’es pas?…

FiftyFifty Brewing Company in Truckee, Calif., has teamed up for the second year with the local Humane Society to create a special beer to benefit the Society’s animal rescue and care operations. Be sure to try a tasty pint of good old Leg Lifter beer from FiftyFifty. Woof… The ever-vigilant Miles Jordan saw this on The Daily Mailer: “Six Health Benefits of Drinking Beer: There is little that compares to the hopsy, rich and refreshing taste of a cold beer.” Calling the world’s third-most popular beverage “hopsy” is a crack-up, sez Miles. “I kept waiting for Flopsy and Mopsy to make an appearance.” Thanks, Miles. A slow day in Chico?…

When word spread this spring about the upcoming Bare Beach Beer Bash at a Poconos nudist resort (where attendees must get nekkid for a microbrew sampling), the reaction was predictable. There were the “You got to be kidding me” people. Victor Fiorillo at Philadelphia magazine said he’d never met anyone at a beer festival he’d want to see naked. He needs to go to some of the beer festivals I go to. There were dumb jokes: How do you toast a naked beer drinker? Bottoms up! It’s almost as though people never heard of Dionysus, the god of drink and ecstasy. Talk about a party animal. Alcohol and bare flesh? Ever been to a topless bar? What would be missing at a nudist beerfest would be the cool beer T-shirts. And ladies wouldn’t be able to have those shirts that say “Hey, my eyes are up here!” Nudist industry people say “It’s a growing industry.” I get that! A recent survey found that more people are willing to try nudism than golf. Okay, I get that too. Golf sucks. Maybe try naked golf?…

A university professor sporting a particularly outlandish beard claims he was fired from a Christian university after his image was used on the side of a beer can. Dr. Paul Roof, an associate professor of sociology at Charleston Southern University, was “terminated” from his position because the university deemed that his image appearing on a beer can was unrepresentative of a Christian environment. The image, taken at a beard and moustache competition, was used on Chucktown Follicle Brown, a beer brewed by Charleston-based Holy City Brewing. The university declined comment on the firing. Let’s see, Jesus had a beard. But not on a beer can. And He was all about forgiveness…

A Florida man called 911 seven times to report to authorities that his wife had disposed of his beer, West Palm Beach police said recently. All seven calls were ultimately made during a span of just four hours, according to police. The man now faces charges of misusing the 911 system. But it’s his BEER!… For more than 100 years, Jelly Belly has been a leading name in the jelly bean industry, with flavors like Buttered Popcorn, Toasted Marshmallow and Bubble Gum. What next, you might ask? Beer. Jelly Belly debuted Draft Beer as its newest flavor recently. The new flavor has been three years in the making. To pay homage to Jelly Belly’s German ancestry, the company matched the taste of the candy to a hefeweizen ale…

Bond. James Bond. Consider all the amazing things he did in the service of king and country while his average alcohol consumption was 92 units per week (according to researchers at the British Medical Journal). It seems our famous spy was more at risk of dying from liver disease or drunk driving than from a bullet. The team read all 14 of Ian Fleming’s novels over six months to determine whether the secret agent would have been able to cope with his high-octane profession while drinking heavily. They noted every time 007 drank alcohol, and they calculated the number of units he consumed. Bond had just 12.5 alcohol-free days out of the 87.5 days he was able to drink, and he frequently drove when seriously over the limit. Oh, James…
 

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