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Sting Operation: Celebrator publisher Tom Dalldorf has invited homebrewers to come pick hops at his home in Nevada City for the bargain price of $100 a day. You pay him. Feel free to bring your own lunch and beer if you’re willing to share. Meanwhile, singer/songwriter Sting has invited anyone to come to his villa in Tuscany to pick his grapes for 200 pounds. You pay him. One of these offers is serious (and thanks to beer writer exemplar Stephen Beaumont for sharing this stinging bit of information)…

Sewage to Brewage: The effluent society… “It’s the water.” That’s an old slogan from now-defunct Olympia Brewing Company in Tumwater, Wash. As beer is easily 90 percent water, the resulting brew is dependent on the quality of the water used to make it. Given our country’s severe drought conditions, it’s painfully obvious that water needs to be conserved and used sparingly. Clean Water Services, a Portland area wastewater utility, recently hosted Pure Water Brew (thanks, Lisa Morrison), a contest to feature beer made with highly purified water drawn from a river. The homebrew competition featured reused water drawn from the Tualatin River directly below CWS’s treatment plant. Before you say “eew,” be assured that the water was purified to be as clean as water can possibly be on a molecular level before being given to the homebrewers to use in their beers. The Oregon Brew Crew homebrew club and Carollo Engineers sponsored the competition with some serious prize money on offer. The competition’s winning beers are to be featured at the WateReuse Association Gala in New Orleans during the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) — the world’s largest water-quality exhibition. As the great brewing philosopher Hunter S. Thompson once wrote on a beer label, “Good beer — no shit”!

Ora TV, the online network owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, signed a deal with Page Productions for exclusive digital distribution of the 22-episode series Beer Geeks about the world of craft beer. The series centers on master brewer and longtime friend of the Celebrator, Michael Ferguson, who is director of brewery operations for BJ’s Restaurants. Beer Geeks was nominated for a 2014 Daytime Emmy Award and explores the world of beer creation and the range of beer enthusiasts who dedicate their lives to making the most distinctive beers in the world. Given Michael’s national fame, it may be time to drag out the Brewers Swimsuit photos of him from the Celebrator archives…

A 38-year-old tax inspector from Abensberg, Bavaria, Germany, set a new world record in “beer-mug carrying” less than two weeks before the start of Munich’s famed Oktoberfest. Oliver Struempfel managed to carry 27 full one-liter beer mugs — or mass, as they are known in German — over 130 feet. “I have worked here in the beer tent for the past 17 years, so I have lots of training,” Struempfel told reporters after winning the competition at the local Gillamoos beer festival. Struempfel admitted that he could not have done it without “training in a fitness center, especially in wintertime.” Each mug weighed approximately five pounds…

Denver Airport to Feature Beer Flights: Beer-crazy Colorado will show off some of its classic craft breweries in a beer garden in the middle of the sprawling Denver International Airport. It’s only temporary, but the beer garden and the beer will keep flowing from now through October 4. Inspired by both Oktoberfest and the Great American Beer Festival, the beer garden will have picnic tables and beer stands featuring Colorado craft brewers such as Avery, Breckenridge, Bristol, Dry Dock, Left Hand, New Belgium, Odell, Pug Ryan’s, Ska and Telluride. Beer lovers arriving and departing during this year’s GABF will have a new reason to hang around the cavernous terminal… And while you’re there, be sure to check out the temporary exhibit “Colorado on Tap: The State of Brew Culture.” The exhibit, in Ansbacher Hall on the walkway to Concourse A, will remain through December. The display will feature not just information on the booming craft beer industry — including its most famous representative, Wynkoop founder and now Governor John Hickenlooper — but an assortment of artifacts from Colorado breweries, including custom art, tap handles, glasses and growlers… empty, sadly…

Bartender-sets-guest’s-face-on-fire Department: A guest was set alight as a bartender attempted to make a drink called the Flaming Lamborghini. The horrifying incident was recorded by the bar’s closed-circuit camera — a video that understandably went viral. As the bartender pours the flaming drink from a height, alcohol splashes onto the patron’s face, dousing him in flames and leaving him with horrific burns to his face and head. Sadly, none of the staff working at the time were able to give medical attention. Yet another great reason to stick to beer. No flaming beer tricks, please…
 

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