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At the World Beer Cup in Philadelphia, Evan Price and his team at Noble Ale Works came away as Champion Small Brewery and Brewmaster of the World. They received a gold medal in the highly contested American IPA category for I Love It! The team also received a silver in the German Sour category for what has to be our favorite beer name to date: Gosebusters (Who ya gonna call?) … And the great beer names just keep coming. Kudos for O’Connor Brewing’s Haulin’ Oats Oatmeal Stout… OK, one more from no less a source than our own Stephen Beaumont: “Props to @fallscity for the best beer name I've seen in a while: Hipster Repellant IPA!”…

Alabama may be in a sour spotlight after its governor admitted making sexually charged remarks to a onetime senior adviser. But one brewery in the state is sweetening the situation by putting the naughty gov on tap. Huntsville-based Salty Nut Brewery has unveiled Unimpeachable Pale Ale, a summer beer made with peaches, Idaho 7 hops and a little bit of Southern scandal…

Ale’s Well That Ends Well as the Livermore Shakespeare Festival celebrates the Bard’s legacy with ShakesBeer at Eight Bridges Brewing. The all-ages affair includes local beers, food, kids’ games and “Drunken Shakespeare,” a sketch comedy adaptation of Shakespeare’s boozy scenes in which his blotto characters take center stage. Four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death and 500 years of Reinheitsgebot may have led to this (and thanks, Paul Marshall)…

“It’s Abbey something.” A beer drinker was chagrined to find that Leffe beer is made by beer giant Anheuser-Busch and most notably NOT by men of the cloth. Henry Vazquez of Florida filed a class action lawsuit in Miami last week, stating that he was “deceived by A-B’s labeling and packaging into believing that Leffe beer is brewed in an abbey, and thereby brewed in smaller quantities under the supervision of monks.” That deceit is what caused Vazquez to overpay for Leffe, according to the complaint. Sure, Leffe does have a history of being brewed in abbeys, and the beer recipe dates back to 1240. When the abbey and brewery were destroyed in the 1790s, the recipe was eventually licensed to a brewery, and through it mergers wound up being made alongside Stella by AB InBev. You may remember another suit where AB InBev was passing off Beck’s as a German lager. It was actually being made in, ahem, St. Louis…

Sieg Heil, Man. The Röhrl Brewery in Germany has pulled one of its beers from the market because of accusations that its label uses Nazi and anti-immigrant symbolism. (Too soon?) The beer was called Grenzzaun Halbe, or Border Fence Half. Local student unions called for a boycott when the beer was released, saying the name was a clear reference to the refugee crisis. In addition, pesky student activists say the beer’s price and “best before” date are hidden neo-Nazi references, as the beer is priced at 88 euro cents a half-liter. The number 88 has long been used as code by neo-Nazis in Germany standing for HH, or Heil Hitler. The best before date marked on the bottles is November 9, the anniversary of the Kristallnacht…

Base Camp Brewing’s owner was arrested at his Mt. Tabor home in Portland, Ore., after allegedly answering the door to police officers while carrying an illegal make of an AR-15 assault rifle, according to local news reports. Officers responded after Justin Fay called 911 seven times in 10 minutes, complaining about homeless people. Officers believe Fay may have been under the influence of alcohol. The brewery is best known for its aluminum bottles of S’more Stout and India pale lager. The officers were able to “take control” of the assault rifle but reported that the “defendant asserted that he had many more weapons inside the house.” This may impact the CBC next year for its Defense of the Industry award…

Of all the exotic ingredients being featured in beer, this next one just might take the cake. Or pie, as the case may be. Bottled Instinct is a beer from a Polish brewery called The Order of Yoni that is made from bacteria from a woman’s vagina. Or, in the company’s words, it is “brewed with her lure, grace and flavored with instincts.” What?… Efforts to incorporate vaginal bacteria into food products include bread-baker Zoe Stavri, who used her own yeast to bake a loaf of sourdough, and vagina-yogurt-maker Cecilia Westbrook, who said the experience taught her “that we really don’t know a lot about vaginal flora.” We’re learning… The company proudly proclaims that “beautiful Czech model Alexandra Brendlova” is the source of yeast of Yoni. Does the Donald know about this?… The Polish company (insert Polish joke here) says, “Help us to spread femininity all over the world.” Spread? Really???…
 

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